run‧con‧trol‧la‧ble / rʌn kənˈtrəʊləbəl / adjective
capable of being directed or influenced through running.
"his ability to think straight was fully runcontrollable"
I’m Kenny, and I think I can probably call myself a runner, but like most of us who do not earn a living through running I probably struggle to see myself as one. So let’s just say:
‘I am Kenny and I run’.
I believe anyone who opens their door and runs can call themselves a runner – and if you do not go outside but rather you pound away on the treadmill I have a whole new level of respect for you. I want to share my experiences as someone who struggles to get out there at times, someone who has a life that gets in the way, someone who gets obsessive, someone who likes gadgets and stats, someone who is too hard on himself, someone who loves running, and hopefully help others get something else out of this whether it is inspiration, a laugh or a good example of how not to do it.
Along the way I will hopefully have reviews of everything from races to gadgets, details of my experiences training, and eventually I hope to document my full running story.
I am just a normal bloke who has found running. I have had my own issues, spending the majority of my life fluctuating from overweight to morbidly obese. When I restarted my running journey in late September 2018 I weighed 21 ½ stone (301 lb or 136.5 kg), over the subsequent 16 months I lost 8 stone (112 lb or 50.8 kg). I am 6′ 3″ (190.5cm) tall so I am pretty much the right weight for my height for the first time in my life. This is because of running – I will write a full post on this because weight loss was not the reason for me running.
When I look in the mirror I still see the overweight kid who would spend his time watching TV whilst munching his way through giant bags of crisps. That is not me now, I am positively middle aged for a start. Over the last year and a bit I have been able to find out that I am not bad at running, not great, but not bad. I have moved from failing to finish a 5k run, stopping at 40 mins, to running that distance in half the time. I’ve even been lucky enough to top my age grade on a couple of runs and been in the top 10 in some (smaller) 5k and 10k races.
Mostly this blog is for that overweight kid shovelling midget gems into his mouth watching the Ultimate Warrior Powerslam Hulk Hogan because he didn’t have the confidence to go out and socialise. It is to show him what he can achieve and maybe it will help middle aged me feel a little more like a runner on the way – because I believe everyone who gets out there and runs is a runner, I just struggle to convince myself of that.