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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > June 2019 > “THE HARDEST BIT IS GETTING TO THE START LINE – ONCE THERE IT’S YOURS FOR THE TAKING”

“THE HARDEST BIT IS GETTING TO THE START LINE – ONCE THERE IT’S YOURS FOR THE TAKING”

PAUL COMMONS, 51, INITIALLY USED RUNNING TO SHIFT SOME SERIOUS BULK, BUT SOON FOUND HE HAD A KNACK FOR LONG-DISTANCE PURSUITS
Paul (left) caught in a rare stationary moment between his huge running efforts

I’d always been sporty, doing martial arts as a kid and even playing semi-professional rugby and football as a teenager, but I kind of let it all go in my 40s, which saw me pile on the weight,”explains Paul.

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About Men's Running

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.