back in 2013 I was fat enough to impersonate a hot air balloon. I was in my late forties and realised I needed to do something about it.

So, I started going for long walks. After that, I started running. And now I run quite a lot.

I'm still shit at it. I don't know why I bother to be honest. Apart from one thing: I love it and that means I don't worry too much about being slow.

Why this blog?

I made lots of mistakes while trying to learn how to be a runner. I'm still making mistakes. I decided to share my experiences with others, so they can avoid making the same mistakes.

There's another reason too. You don't find too many blogs/books about running for people who aren't good at it. I wanted to provide a reference for runners like me - those that love it but are crap.

Why old, not obsolete?

I'm a fan of the Terminator movies. In the latest movie, the Terminator smashes the shit out of some bad guys. That's much to the surprise of his younger cohorts. So he smiles and says: "I'm old, not obsolete."

My son calls me The Terminator because once I start running, I tend to keep going for a long time.

I didn't want to use a lame running reference, like runningfortheoverfifties.co.uk. So, oldnotobsolete.uk was born.

Why running?

I will write about other activities that I've tried. Running has served me the best for feeling fitter and losing weight. Running is hard, but the rewards are big too.

What it's about in the end, is staying fit as you get older. I'd like to think I can enjoy my retirement when I got to it. Enjoy it without regular trips to the doctors.

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