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One doctor's conversion to running
  1. Lindsay Easton
  1. Perth

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    I started running about three years ago, aged 42, deliberately to get fitter. Repeated spells of 1-in-1 had precluded hockey, my preferred sport, and I ate for comfort during stressful times.

    Easier time off and reliable mobiles made exercise easier to contemplate. Watching my brother in the Highland Cross Biathlon (far harder than a marathon) inspired me to start running, and my wife (the best cook I've ever met, unfortunately) bought me Cannondale bikes. I looked like a pig in Lycra!

    My 1998 Highland Cross time was “...geological...”. Quicker this year. I've run three marathons, very slowly. In Los Angeles, a fat runner's vest said “For Mom...and Alice...and Faith...and ALL women with breast cancer.” Runners overtook him, applauding. I run the New York marathon in November for Imperial Cancer Research with the names of three friends with breast cancer on my own vest. Donations accepted.

    Why run? Because I enjoy it, I feel better, I'm slimmer and fitter, it relaxes me, I sleep better, and attractive women are impressed. (My daughters, I mean.) Doctors needn't run marathons to be good at their jobs, but being seen to stay fit, while enjoying themselves is surely an important piece of health education.

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