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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > June 2019 > “GOING FROM HATING RUNNING TO FINDING IT THERAPEUTIC IS A MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION”

“GOING FROM HATING RUNNING TO FINDING IT THERAPEUTIC IS A MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION”

WHEN A LIFE-THREATENING OPERATION FORCED HIM TO ADDRESS HIS OBESITY, 33-YEAROLD DAVE SMITH TURNED TO THE SPORT HE HATED, AND RUNNING NOT ONLY HELPED HIM SHED THE WEIGHT – IT GAVE HIM A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

I hated being overweight,”explains Dave Smith, 33, a community worker from Glasgow. “It got to the point where I was weighing almost 21st. I was just huge – and hugely unhappy, too. I was so self-conscious, I wouldn’t look in the mirror and I avoided social occasions and nights out – I even missed family weddings and parties.”

But concerns over his weight didn’t just affect Dave’s social life. “I had very little energy and would take regular naps. I never felt happy in my own skin and in general I found it hard to smile.”

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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.