Today, on Dave 5 of our ‘run up to Christmas’, Dave Young gives us an insight into why he became a runner & what has happened since he started running.When I was a teenager I wasn’t really interested in athletics, I grew up in Whitley Bay and used to spend a lot of my free time fishing.
Once I left school, got a job, and discovered girls and beer- drifted away from fishing and decided to take up running to keep fit.
My first ever “race ” was the Junior Great North Run, I was 17 at the time. The race distance was 5 miles and from then on you could say I caught the running bug.
Since then I’ve completed most of the local races (numerous times), I’ve done 9 marathons, the great north run over 20 times, and virtually every other distance down to 400m.
I was a relative latecomer to joining a running club – I didn’t join one until I was in my 30’s -I judged my general fitness on my “north run” times and they had started slipping from a pb of 1:26 to 1:35 ish. Within a couple of years of joining a club I got my pb down to 1:17 for the half marathon and went on to do a sub 3hr for the full marathon.
I used to regularly run 60+ miles a week, but nowadays I’m happy if I do 40 miles a week – I mix up my training with a bit of swimming and plan to get out on the bike more once the weather improves.
I’m at the stage in life now where I’m never going to get pb’s , but love my running and hope to keep going as long as I can…
We will have another ‘Dave’ for you tomorrow… ho ho ho