It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally logged 2,000km running with Nike+.



I ran the Glasgow Half Marathon in 2000 and then didn’t run another step until 22nd Feb 2010.

I can’t really remember why I thought it was a good idea to go for a run and I soon decided that it wasn’t really.  I lasted 3 months and didn’t run at all through June, July and August 2010 and didn’t run again more than a few km once or twice a month until March 2011.

first run


That first run should give everyone hope! 3km with an average pace just over walking speed.

Running has brought me fitness, friends and some amazing memories and achievements.  There have been two highlights…

On 27th May 2012, age 40, I ran the edinburgh marathon on one of the hottest days of the year.  It was 26C at times and I loved every step of the 26.2 miles!  I’ve just re-read my post about my marathon and still feel quite emotional about it.  There’s something about marathons that bring out the very best in people.

marathon nike



On 31 March 2012 I was part of the first run ever in the Olympic Stadium in London, the National Lottery Olympic Park Run.  You can read all about that experience in ‘Making History‘.  I’ll never forget running around the tunnel under the stadium with Chariots of Fire playing on the PA and then emerging into the Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Park Run Banner

Olympic Park Run Banner

The good thing about running is that the journey is never really over, and you never know what’s around the corner.  Strathclyde parkrun, a weekly free timed 5k, is one of the highlights of my week.  Who ever thought that dragging yourself out of bed to run at 9:30 on a Saturday would be a thing I looked forward to, and missed when I can’t make it, but it really is.

stewart running


In July I’m returning to the Olympic Stadium for the National Lottery Anniversary Run, this time with David running too.

So, here’s to the next 1,000km.  I wonder where it will take me?