I took up running at the beginning of this year even though I was always a very poor runner - I was always getting stitches which made me stop start stop start constantly. But with the help of a running buddy and being in a work place surrounding by people who focus on lowering the risk of cancer - I was really inspired to keep at it. I now run regularly at the gym & also around the tan once a wee...k. Slowly but surely I feel that I am getting stronger and improving my running not to mention the stitches have stopped! I would say I'm continually inspired by my workmates and motivated by my running buddies. If you go with a friend its so much easier! Recently I've also motivated a workmate to take up running with me - its contagious! All I need now is a new pair of running shoes to minimise shin splints ;p