About Me

A scary photo of me

I know I’m not ‘running’ or in any running gear but I don’t have any recent pictures with me running. It’s been a while!

Questions & Answers

What is your name?

Well, my name is Jamie… but you can call me the Virtual Runner. Unfortunately, my running really is ‘virtual’ a lot of times as my motivation comes and goes!

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Canada but have been living in the UK for many years now. This is my home.

When and why did you start running?

Back in 2007, I had a bit of a health scare and as my son was only about 6 months old at the time it got me really thinking about him growing up without a dad! I also saw a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time who had taken up running and he looked amazing. Combine those two reasons and I decided to take it up myself.

I seem to go through fits and bursts of running and laziness but I always come back to it in the end.

So what did you do to build up your running?

I do what most people do (I believe). I started with walking and then running when I could. Eventually (and quite quickly) the running parts got longer and longer and my stamina increased. I still find it amazing that once I get in to the swing of training that I can run for a couple of hours non-stop!

Of course, this depends on whether I actually have been training or whether I’ve been sitting around growing my backside!  I mean, if I go a long time without doing any running (or ‘virtual running’) then when I do run it feels like I am starting all over again.

How much did you weigh when you started and what do you weigh now?

Well, at the time of writing this (March 2013) I weigh 221 lbs but when I started back in 2007 I weighed a whopping 252 lbs.

To some that may not seem like a massive amount of weight loss but believe me, it feels completely different.

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough weight loss and I’m on a constant mission to one day reach the target weight I’ve set for myself of 176 lbs.

Were you ever a smoker?

Yes. I started smoking when I was 18 and became a non-smoker when I was 36. Half my life (at that point) I battered by poor lungs. I quit in April 2007 AFTER I started running.

How did I quit? I read Allan Carr’s Easyway. Read it in one day on a Friday and have been a non-smoker ever since. One of the best things I have ever done.

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