There is something very honest about running, you don’t need anything apart from a pair of running shoes, it can be done anywhere at anytime, you can do it on your own, it costs nothing, you can go as slow or fast as you wish and lastly provides you with a valuable bit of thinking time.
I started running about 7 years ago, trying to find something that would allow me to de-stress from a job that I hated. I started with a 1km run around the block and barely made it round as I felt my lungs were going to burst. I persevered with it and now go out 2 or 3 times a week running about 6 or 7 km. Last year I did a half marathon and am hoping to do a full one this year. After a run I feel refreshed and energized and during the run I have random inspirational ideas that are often disregarded but sometimes acted upon, like the creation of this website.
I almost always run on my own but running with other people is a good way to improve your time and can make the run a bit easier. I recently discovered ParkRun which are weekly organised 5k runs around various parks in London and the rest of the UK. You register on their website get a barcode that is swiped at the end of the run and your time is emailed to you and published on the website, this is all completely free. I have just returned from the Grovelands Park run in Enfield, there were around 50 people of all abilities including children, people running with buggies and the atmosphere was very friendly. There are a number of these runs in London at Brockwell Park, Finsbury Park, Hackney Marshes and Wimbledon Common so I have listed these on the events page on the website. If you know of any other runs let us know and we’ll add them to the list.