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My First Run: Tom McGinness

My First Run: Tom McGinnessWe all remember our first. 

Our first run, that is.

We recently asked our readers to share stories from the first time they laced up their sneaks and hit the streets  (or treadmill or trails). Below Tim McGinness shares his story. Want to submit yours? Email us!

There I was doing my usual lunchtime workout in the university gym and taking it easy on a treadmill. One of the gym instructors, a visiting Canadian student named Olivia, came over and asked me if I was interested in joining a running group. At the ripe old age of 50 I was pretty sure running was not going to figure in my future plans. I tried the “I can’t run” line but she wasn’t having it, so I agreed to give it a go. There were four of us on that first run – three very fit young women and me. I surprised myself by mostly keeping up and actually enjoying that first 3K along a pleasant bush trail.

So I kept running with a varying group of diverse international students for the next year or so – gradually lengthening our runs and making it as much a social occasion as a workout. Eventually Olivia went back to Canada and the group slowly faded away. But I kept running and, while I’ve never done a marathon, I have just done my fourth half at age 59.

Now I really believe it: anyone can run – you just have to learn how. Somehow all the aches and pains, setbacks and triumphs just add to the fun.

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