From couch potato to running bean

Stop snoozing, start running

Aaron Chai got into running after being branded very unfit, and is now a marathon machine.

I'm learning to run

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As a long time sitter with a figure of curves, reading Stuff Nation has inspired me to start running.

Running's all in the mind

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Overweight and troubled by self-confidence issues I found a karate incentive to get me running.

Binge drinker to Ironwoman

 Lynzi Armstrong

I was having a cigarette when a fit, happy woman ran past, and a crazy idea came over me.

Pushing my body forward

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People may think I'm weird. More than likely they just think 'stuff that'.

The reluctant runner

I was bone-wearingly, heartbreakingly depressed. And a bit fat. So I started to run.

After a decade off, I just do it

Weights

To those getting started in fitness, don't focus on results, just focus on the moment for that day.

Finding my stride

In getting lost in life, I found myself in running. That is what fuels my runs.

Addicted to running

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At first he dabbled, then he tried it in secret. Now Patrick Wilson is a full-fledged runner.

Running's the best 'drug'

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Running has become a coping mechanism for Dina Abusidou, a way to clear her mind and de-stress.

Run like you're being chased

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After years of eating entire tubs of icecream something needed to move – me.

Running to catch my breath

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When I have a tough day at work, I get out at lunch time, put on my favourite jams and just run.

You're never running alone

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Despite being an individual sport, running can have a real feeling of camaraderie.

Running off quake jitters

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Meg Bosley took her doctor's advice and used running to ease her earthquake anxiety.

Built for comfort, not speed

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It still startles me now to realise that I am a runner, Clare Wall writes.

The first step was 'jolking'

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Last year I decided to make an attempt at running. These two things kept me motivated.

Running hard habit to break

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Anyone who submit to daily acts of self-discipline, like running, will attest to the fact that it's magnetic.

Running a 'soul saver'

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The running buzz is better than any from cigarettes, junk food and drugs. Best of all, it's free.

The will to want to change

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Only the will to want to change can get you moving, but it doesn't hurt to be pushed a bit.

From slob to smug in 5km

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I have not yet experienced the runner's high, or thigh gap, but I still hold out hope for both.