Hi there! Thank you for visiting Runiversity of life™, a UK-based blog for those interested in running their way to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

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[The Gut Buster Trail Run – photo by Peter Cook]
My name is Duncan, an amateur runner and this is my personal running blog. Here I will share my running adventures and all things that come with it, from starting out, the highs and lows, training, personal bests, races, anything, and everything to do with running that I come across on my running journey ‘Runiversity life™‘. I hope you enjoy following the blog and it inspires you to put on a pair of running shoes.

The main aims of my blog are:

  • To document my own personal running journey
  • To promote, running and an active lifestyle
  • To inspire and encourage people in the pursuit of running

So how did all this start?

I had tried using the gym to help with weight loss and to get fitter with some success, but even then, I would never run. Don’t ask me why I honestly don’t know, I would use every other piece of equipment but would always avoid the treadmill or running. Eventually, for one reason or another, I stopped going to the gym, and my weight slowly crept up. I still continued to pay for my membership and would convince myself I would get back up there or go next week, who was I kidding. Finally, I bit the bullet and decided to give running a go. I looked for a ‘couch to fit’ course to meet like-minded people, lose weight, and give running a try. To be able to run 5k or continuously run for 30 minutes was my goal. I found a local group and so the running journey began.

“However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then…even thought impossible.” – Sir Roger Banister

Just over a year into my running journey and shortly after completing my first half marathon, February 2018, I had the bright idea of starting this blog. I bought the domain name ‘runiversityoflife.com‘. What better way to share my running adventures, my experiences, stories past and present in a blog.

Unfortunately in August 2018, four weeks before I was due to be running the Great North Run on my birthday I picked up an injury, a minor stress fracture of the fibula bone. While sitting on the injury bench, I slowly started designing this website, brainstorming ideas, putting pen to paper on some of the topics I’d like to include and set up the blog and ‘Runiversity of life™‘ was born.

I have never been a natural runner, and at times it felt like a lot of people were hesitant about me running or wrote me off. However, I am a true believer that you can achieve anything as long as you want to and are willing to put the work in. That’s not to say it’s always going to be easy. It takes a lot of determination and at times can be a struggle. Those who know me know how hard I initially had to work to start running, that being said, if I can do it anybody can.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy looking around my blog and joining me on my journey. You can follow me @runiversitylife on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as here.

If you’d like to get in touch, I would be very happy to hear from you. Please feel free to drop me a line at hello@runiversityoflife.com.

Happy running,

Duncan 🙂

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