I only started running 4 years ago when I was 55 years old, and had not run for 38 years. After tearing my meniscus in a baseball game during my teenage years I gave up any sports that involved running.
My introduction to running came through a running club at work up here in Canada. I was asked many, many times by my co-workers if I would like to join, and I would just brush it offwith a "no thank you, but thanks for asking". Perhaps their persistence paid off as I eventually said "yes" and committed to a half marathon.
I knew I needed to get in better shape. My dad dropped dead at 47 of a massive heart attack. I was 15 at the time. Heart disease runs in my dad's side of the family. And a checkup with my doctor as I started running revealed I had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. He matter of fact said to me, "You do not want to be on statins and blood pressure meds the rest of my life" and gave me 6 months to get my act together. Whether it was the running, or my diet change, but my blood pressure and cholesterol greatly improved. As a bonus my mental health is much improved with my running. Mental illness runs in my mom's side of the family. I have lost family members to suicide.
Personally I have nothing against electronics while running, I just choose not to use them and run just for the love of running. I tried a runners app on my wife's smart phone a couple times and I was hard on myself and was beating myself up for not getting the times I was hoping. I was taking it too seriously and it was not good for my mental health. So I just run.
I love encouraging other runners, and find it much more satisfying if I can help a struggling runner get to the finish instead of another PR for me. It gives me great joy. Have really had no set goals with my running. Last year in the back of my head I was maybe "hoping" to run a 50k Ultra...and I ended up running 4 of them, which really blows me away.
I love writing and find it therapeutic for my mental health. My blog is https://theoldfellowgoesrunning.com/
It is great to be a part of this group. I am excited to be one of "the herd". :)