Originally from Yorkshire, I made the move to Edinburgh in 2017. I changed my job too as it looked like a bit too much of a commute. I’m very often found in various charity shops looking for books and bargains, being a tourist in the city with my son making the worlds greatest Yorkshire Puddings. (Not even a boast, it’s a truth.)


In May 2012 I decided I wanted to be a runner. I was 30, unfit and wanting to do something about it (the unfit thing, only changed being 30 when I turned 31.)

As a way of keeping myself motivated and accountable for my plans to become a runner I started this blog and started writing all my training and failings and how I was getting along with it all.

Since then I’ve run 11 full marathons, a handfull of half marathons and somewhere in the region of 50 10km races. (I keep meaning to working out just how many but counting medals is similar to counting sheep and I nap easily.)

I post all my runs using Strava, and if you want to follow me on there you can find me under Marc Hemingway. As that’s my name.


The only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do with my life is become a writer. (And a wrestler, but I don’t like getting hit.) I don’t write as much I should be though and so I decided that blogging helped me with running motivation, it could possibly do the same for my writing.

Currently I write features for Hooked On Wrestling but am working on a novel and a book of short stories at the same time, with ideas for a couple more novels hiding away at the back of my mind.

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  1. Thanks for the like. I am now following your blog as I find your posts funny. Good for you for getting into shape. A furniture shop? What type of furniture? I’m obsessed with mid century modern…but, never mind, then I’ll break one of my resolutions! Also cool to connect with someone from another country. Cheers.

  2. Link to your design site was a dead end. congrats on becoming a runner! I never thought I’d call myself that either, but I actually introduced myself to our new neighbors last week and said I was a runner and a tennis player!

  3. P.S. Love the name… Can picture the poor guy hauling arse lol.

  4. Thanks for the like. Love your blog, decided to follow it for some inspiration when I don’t feel like busting my arse. Do you have any tips at all?

  5. hiya….thanks for the like on my Izabel Goulart blog…xx

  6. Thanks for liking my posts! I look forward to getting to know your blog! Happy running!!!

  7. Thanks for liking my keep-fit blog (currently limping due to pinched sciatic nerve but still going! Bradford has a strong connection for me as I went to uni there from 1966-70 and had a really great time, got a soft spot for the city. Nice to see your lovely blog, it is so entertaining.

  8. Hi runner, in case you would like to try a different workout when is bad weather and you don’t go out for running, drop me a line: I am working on an innovative home horwout system that is perfect with running. Cheers

  9. Thank you for liking my artwork. May you enjoy my other artworks

  10. Hi….thank you for the like on my Izabel Goulart blog…xx

  11. Hey thanks for liking my post! you can join the contest too on instagram please remember to use hash tag #Cheers2Health

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a post!! Really appreciate it! Can’t wait to read more of yours!

  13. Hi! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

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  15. Congrats on your marathon! I have done a half and figured one day I would do a full. No desire to but like you said, that could change. 🙂 12k scheduled for the holidays and that should be good enough. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my hips/calves post. it is always nice to meet a fellow runner! (Even if I’m more of a shuffler.)

    Good luck on your Oct 20th race.


  16. Thanks for visiting my blog! Just reading about your journey is an inspiration. I am in a similar position to yours when you started although much less ambitious :). Take care!

  17. Thanks for the visit! I just gave up running after 37 yrs! Have started yoga instead. Still swim a lot and am walking instead! Love it. Good luck.

  18. I love reading your updates 🙂 I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Shine On Award. http://wp.me/p3GI4p-4f

  19. I’m still learning how the whole “pingback” thing works, so I thought I’d stop off here too and tell you that I’ve nominated you for a bunch of awards today. I linked back to your blog in my post – so look out for it 🙂

  20. Love the English humor … couch potato to runner bean!! Good on ya’ for going for a great goal!!! Good luck

  21. Thanks for liking my post!Your support means a lot to me! I truly feel incredible. Its unbelievable to feel like this and to be able to do this the healthy way- I’m so happy. I get to support people get healthy with me. Who do you know that is looking to lean out, gain lean muscle, and increase their energy? I love to share what Im doing! I really enjoyed going through your inspiration piece.

  22. Great example of what is possible through perseverance! Enjoyed your ongoing story, keep running! on-on…..

  23. Thanks for stopping by Fit Foot Blog …. I aspire to be a runner and will be once my foot is fit!

  24. Thanks for the like on my blog! Enjoyed reading about your achievements, congratulations on the marathon time! Keep up the good work!

  25. Allrighty, true story. I got the email that you had liked my blog post “Asthmatic Donkey.” Thank you, by the way! So of course, I’m checking out all your stuff. Back story–last night I finished up writing the aforementioned post, watched a little TV, and then could not for the life of me get to sleep. I got about four hours finally. But you know the argument I’m having with myself today, right? Technically I should rest today because tomorrow is my long run (9 miles), but since I was traveling this week I haven’t gotten in all my workouts. It’s been like this every week since I officially started marathon training. I’m always missing a day or two each week. I NEED to run TODAY–just a few miles, not that much–but I JUST.DON’T. WANNA! Then I looked at your inspiration page. So! A little coffee and a bagel and I’m off. Thank you!

  26. Such an awesome story! though I’m unable to run as much as I use to I do exercise and eat lots of fruits and vegetables regularily. Although I can’t eat the recommended does of 9-17 servings per day I take Juice Plus nutrients to make up the difference in the multitudes of servings per day. It has added new life to me and my family and I will surely look forward to hearing all your exciting runs and marathons in the upcoming months..

  27. Very inspiring. Thanks for stopping by at my blog – it’s great to discover yours.

  28. Thanks for the Like on my blog. I am going back to a half-marathon distance, courtesy of a friend doing his first one next year (Disney Half Marathon, January 2014). I’ve done half and full marathon distance in the past, and thought I’d given up those distances. But I want to support him, so I joined him in training. Sheesh, the things we do for friends…

  29. Fantastic work! Thanks for visiting my blog too. I wish you all the best in your adventures this year:)

  30. Starting with tri’s primarily right now but IM is what I race mostly so that’s ending up the focus a bit. Will also take reviews on running races as well however. Thanks!

  31. Thanks for stopping by my Bibreport blog and liking it. That lead me to your blog. Cool stuff. We actually have a similar story. I am starting bibreport as a sort of “clearinghouse” for race reports. I read your IM Lanzarote report and would love to use it. Would you mind if we used it as a guest post on bibreport with a link back to your blog?
    Greg Moran

  32. Since you liked one of my posts, I decided to check out your blog. Glad I found another source for motivation to run! You said you use Sports Tracker while running, and I also saw Runtastic in one of your posts. Do you have a favorite? I’ve been using MapMyRun while I run 5Ks but it seems to be a little inaccurate and tell me I’ve finished before I’ve actually run the full distance.

  33. Go, you! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  34. Run Hemingway run! Love the blog. Did the Great North run myself a few years ago and haven’t stopped.
    Thanks for stopping by mine.

  35. Thank you for visiting my VersusFit.com blog. I encourage you in your running / cycling training & events. I did triathlons & road racing bicycles back in the 80’s….took up boxing thereafter. I can sincerely and highly recommend my VersusFit.com product for your strength, flexibility, stability, and endurance training.

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad to see you got the bug! I am looking forward to reading more of your musings on this wonderful sport.

  37. I’m unfit now but am working on it. I’m wanting to run but have issues with one of my knees so that may never happen. :-/ So I’ll live vicariously through others. 🙂

  38. Really nice blog! Love the inspiration page! Thx for visiting my blog!

  39. Hi Hemmingway… Thanks for the like on ‘half as good’. Remember – anyone can join in the half as good challenge. This month could be made for you! 50m right through to full marathon – the choice is yours!


  40. Thanks for liking simplydaisies!

  41. Hemingwayrun – pls. read Running from Love. It will improve your running and also your lovelife. If lovelife needs no improvements, I’m happy for you. Just read and enjoy! Rozsa Gaston, Author of Running from Love at http://amzn.to/PUiQWx

  42. Okay so I just noticed that I left you a good luck post on the marathon that you have already run… Congratulations on your time and finishing it! Running is freedom…keep it up! Also, your murals and paintings are incredible! Best wishes on accomplishing 2013!

  43. you’re going to have to update your “about” section now, after the marathon you just ran!

  44. Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog, I really appreciate it!

  45. Glad you liked “tight enough.” Thanks. All the best with your writing, running, and wherever else your youthful enthusiasm takes you.

  46. Your murals are really nice! And I admire your decision to start running and stay with it. Good for you!

  47. You’re more that aspiring – you’re doing! And doing amazing things I might add. Going from can’t run to running 13.1 miles in four months is a true accomplishment. I’m an avid hiker, but I’ve never been a runner. I’ve attempted running a dozen or so times, but always gave up. Anyway, you liked a post on my blog, so I wanted to check out your blog and say “Hi.” I love your blog – it’s an inspiration. Celeste

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