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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > June 2019 > “I’VE BECOME A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON. I FEEL LIKE I’M 20 YEARS OLD AGAIN. I’M FULL OF CONFIDENCE”

“I’VE BECOME A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON. I FEEL LIKE I’M 20 YEARS OLD AGAIN. I’M FULL OF CONFIDENCE”

MARCO ALESSI, 50, FROM BURY, HEEDED A HEALTH WARNING AND RAN OFF A THIRD OF HIS BODYWEIGHT

I’d been a ‘professional’eater for years: I ate junk all the time, loads of crisps, masses of carbs and all the bad things,”explains Marco, a facilities manager. But it took a health scare for him to reconsider his eating ‘profession’.

“I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. I was on eight tablets a day for these conditions and life was intolerable for my family and myself.”

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We once did a survey about people’s entry points to running. By far and away the most popular reason for men starting running was to lose weight. Sometimes this was due to doctor’s orders, others wanting to keep up with their children. Most often it was epiphany moment – a picture at a wedding of a self they didn’t recognise or a chance glimpse in a mirror of the person they’d unknowingly become. Running became their saviour, their weight loss fuelled by their love of a sport they never knew they’d enjoy. is decision was a life-changer and these people shared their stories with us month after month. is special edition celebrates these men and their running journeys. It’s touching, inspiring and we hope in uences others to start their own journeys.