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Took up running in 2003 aged 39 and got totally bitten by the bug. Was soon up to 50+ miles a week and several marathons including two at 3.52 (reckon I had a 3.30 in me as my best half was 1.35). All came crashing down in 2005 when I got ill and after 2 years got diagnosed with MS. Fortunately a relatively mild form but I hung up my running shoes as I couldn't cope with it at the time. Last weekend, now aged 50, inspired by watching the CWG marathon, I dug them out and ran round the block. 1 mile, about 12 minutes, thought I was going to die afterwards. Now been 4 times, same distance and it's definitely getting easier - well until I tripped up the kerb and face planted the pavement this morning! Don't necessarily want to run races again (well...) for now I just want to get up to doing 3-4 miles 4 times a week. Will persevere just gradually adding distance, but if anyone has a better idea I'd love to hear it.