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I keep seeing girls that run, and statuses/tweets about how they came 3rd in the UK and etc. and I honestly think "that could be me", I ran a lot of cross country in primary and realised I was great at sprinting. I joined a club and did athletics for about a month but then I got bored and didn't like the people so I quit.

I was about 12/13 when I stopped running, so I'm probably not as good anymore. I'm now 15 (16 in May) and I want to start running again. I have a reasonably fast metabolism, I eat a hell of a lot and it doesn't pack on as much as I'd expect, I'm 5"6 and 130lbs. I don't want to just run and get nowhere.. I want to be a competitive runner (like the girls I mentioned), as I think that would be the only way to motivate myself, in getting to that point then maintaining it.

So is it possible to become a competitive runner even if you haven't trained a lot of your life? I'd like to be competitive by the time I'm in university so I could join some sort of society and run in competitions.


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yes of course, a lot of it is about technique but you could easily build your fitness up in 6 months ish
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Yeah, I was running in competitive events from the age of 14, you just gotta find a club to train with and enter comps

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