How long you've been running? Since 2009
Why you Run? I was never a born runner, I never had a passion for it. But in 2009, I went to watch my then-girlfriend, now wife, run in the Aramco Half-Marathon and while waiting for her, I watched all the runners pass by. I saw young and old, big and small. The person that I am, I thought: "If they can do it? Why can't I?" I signed up for the Aramco half-marathon the following year and have been on the runner's high ever since. Running, for me is therapeutic and keeps me physically healthy. With running, there are so many ways to challenge yourself, whether it’s just to finish or hit a specific time. Having that goal to achieve is what keeps me motivated.
How you got involved in a running group and why it’s great: My first three years of running, I trained on my own and had google as my coach using training sites that I used for reference. I did what they recommended without knowing the reasoning behind it. I stuck with the programs and did fairly well, improving every year but I was starting to lose my motivation. I joined a running group the following year and not only did it re-motivate me but I also found myself being pushed harder than I would've on my own. I have a better understanding behind training programs and I walk away with new knowledge and new friends every year. There's nothing better than watching new runner's achieve something they didn't think was possible at the beginning and it’s great to see experienced runner's hit new personal records. Now, running is no longer just exercise, it’s a lifestyle.
Something about yourself: My wife, Leanne, and I are parents to Andrew (19), William Jude (2), Olivia Rose (1) and baby (coming in July!); and also to two fur-babies: Shipley and Charlie. By day, I'm a sports chiropractor/acupuncturist and owner of HealthPro Chiropractic and Acupuncture.