Congrats, fatburg. I started running when I quit smoking. Ran the Bolder Boulder and dozens of other races including two marathons. The first was Steamboat Springs, where the race started at 11,000 ft and went 26 miles to 7,000 ft in Steamboat. I knew I was in trouble when the bus taking us up there broke down. The beginning was so steep, I had to lean back for the first six miles. After that, it was 20 miles of rolling hills. I was the second or third last.
I also ran the New York Marathon. At age 42, I finished in 4:09. That was a fun race. People along the route give you high-fives, orange slices, paper towels, and gum. And you go through all the different ethnic neighborhoods. I grew up there and never knew some areas existed. Now I walk, ride my bicycle, and work out at the gym. Have to stay in shape to ride a sport bike. But, I miss running.