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Who knew I would get to this stage, especially after I nearly broke the Gait Analysis Machine at Boot Camp, here I have given my introduction to Martin H, AKA Reginald.
Running started for me in late 2003 as I had managed to get a place in the LM 2004, as usual in these cases my mates laughed at me and said I couldn’t do it. I finished that one in just under 5hrs, but I knew I could do better and had caught the bug.
In 2005, after a successful ballot application, I got training and was over the moon with 4hr 16mins, but something inside me said I could do sub 4hrs. This target was to wait though as I met my future wife and we set about life together and starting a family, I still ran races but not the big one until 2011. This time I had done more training and thought I was on for 4hrs ish, but my knees fell apart at 18miles and I struggled across the line at 4hr17mins.
I joined a running club in late 2005 and have never looked back, I enjoy running in a group and the camaraderie. It really spurred me on to challenge myself, and I started entering more local races and got a real buzz from competing. I say competing but I have never really classed myself as a serious runner, my 10k best time is 49mins 48secs and this was after last years marathon so I just went for it. I like to challenge myself and always want to put a race on the calendar for something to aim at.
I am a strong believer in you will never know what you can achieve until you stretch yourself to breaking point. I think that’s why I entered this competition as I think I will be pushed and pulled to find my maximum and I assure you I will fully embrace it with my whole self. Who wouldn’t.
Thinking about what I should say about me to all on the forum, think its best for a summary, however, I will start by saying that my family are the most important thing in my life, my wife, Sophie, and my two sons, Isaac and Ben are the best things that have happened to me. Here are a few more thoughts:
Goonies, Cider, Lego, The Grizzly Run, Elf, Harry Potter, AC/DC, New Trainers, Cycling, Rugby, Tae Kwon Do, Hill Training, Work, Fundraising for Charity, Mumford and Sons, Lee Evans, Mrs Browns Boys, Pasties, Sweets.
Cold Calling (I have a tip for when people call), People who drive to close behind me, Paperwork, Cross Bars on mens bikes, Button Flies, Weak Tea, Stupid Parking – If its double yellows don’t complain if you’ve got a ticket, The Tweenies, Sprouts, Chuggers.
I am sure there are more but space is limited.
I will be 38 on the 7th April 2013, and would be very humbled with the opportunity to run at the Paris Marathon to celebrate.