Hi. (posted twice ‘cos sometimes first posts on a thread disappear!)
As a very overweight, unfit newbie, when I first started 'lurking' in these forums I found it hard to begin posting. I would see a thread that had been running for a while and that looked really interesting and friendly and wish I could be part of it. But, it was something I was just too scared to do ... join a running thread that appeared to have 'regulars' who all knew each other etc. It is a shame, because all of these threads have posters on them that give great support, advice and inspiration to others. Since then, I have been posting on a thread that has some fantastic folk on it who all have lots of time for others, have inspiring stories to tell, give great advice and who welcome ‘new’ posters with enthusiasm and warmth.
However, because the thread is now over 4000 posts long, we feel it might deter new people from joining what could appear to be an established thread. It might also be far too much for people to 'read back' on to see who other posters are and how they started and where they are now etc. .. which really is a shame because there is so much inspiration and experience to be found in these stories!
So, as a group, we decided to start a new thread and post a bit about each of us in first. We hope you will read these posts and feel, like we do, inspired by what you read and comfortable enough to come join us and enjoy the support, camaraderie, advice and experiences we all share. We get a bit ‘chatty’ sometimes on many subjects, but the main theme of the thread (running) is never lost or side-lined. In fact, we gave ourselves a nickname that has taken off … INSPIRE runners club … Inspiring Newbies and Supporting People who Run Everywhere – and we maintain a list of everyone’s up and coming races so we can support and encourage individuals before each race and on the day.
So, here is the new thread. We are all posting our ‘stories’ over the next two days. Please could I ask you not to post anything other than your ‘story’ until the two days have passed … then they will all be together for easy reading. From day three (probably well past by now for most reading this), come join us and our chat …. Oh, and Welcome and Congrats in your decision to run!