My Grandad was a runner, sadly he died before I decided to take up running, so we never had a conversation about it. I never got to hear his words of wisdom, of which I am sure there would have been many. I like to think he is watching my exploits and no doubt shaking his head over the new fangled ideas, flash trainers and odd running kit. Back in 1949 he wrote this in my mum’s autograph book.


I love this. I love that he knew this 65 years ago, I thought this was a modern realisation! Despite a heart attack at a young age, a triple by-pass operation late in life, he was active and healthy until he died at almost 83, so he was proof indeed that exercise is the way to a healthy life.

I continue climbing the ladder to get on the wagon, Wednesday I went to running club, but chickened out on the training session when they mentioned sprints, opting for the softer option of a 5 mile run round town. However this morning I did intervals at 7 am to make up for my cowardice and laziness. I am trying Grandad, I’m trying!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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8 Responses to Grandad

  1. TartanJogger says:

    Thanks for sharing this, he sounds like he was a very special man. Love that autograph.

  2. That’s a lovely keepsake to have. 🙂

  3. That’s so special, something to live by and run by.

  4. Grandad are some of the most special people in our lives. So glad you shared this. It brought back fond memories of my grandad and thoughts of what he would think about how I’m pursuing things in my life. Thanks so much!

  5. Mavis hall says:

    Love the blog – keep up the good work. He would have been amused and proud.

  6. Red Hen says:

    Great to have that autograph. There`s something even more special in seeing the handwriting of a loved one who has passed away.

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