I jest of course, I've loved running since the moment I started properly in April 2012 and haven't fallen out of love with it in that time. Since then it's been over 3 years of blood, sweat, tears and 21 Marathon or Ultramarathon distance events. From fat, lazy and stuck in a London corporate environment that was sucking the soul from me to being a lean, active, Personal Trainer in Horsham. Jeeez... when I look at that in writing it's pretty mind-blowing. Impossible really is nothing!
You may have seen on the facebook group page I posted a picture whilst out on my last full kit training run before the race starts next Friday (28th August). Starting at the Thames Barrier and ending at the source of the Thames somewhere near Cirencester, I'll be covering 184 Miles with every bit of kit I think I'll need carried on my back. The time limit for completing this epic challenge is 80hrs. This is way beyond anything that I've attempted both in terms of time and distance and even trying to comprehend it hurts my head a little bit.
An understatement of mind-blowing proportions: it's a really long way!
(Out on a recent training marathon with race kit - I know not to wear that top for a long run again. Oh the chafing!)
I'm both scared and excited by the prospect of what I'm going to do. Scared because I know how much these things take out of me obviously on a physical level but the mental aspect is where the race is going to be won or lost. Excited because I remember the journey I've been on to get to the point where running 184 Miles carrying over 20lbs of kit is a realistic challenge. Something that will absolutely stretch me. I need this, I think we all need some kind of challenge in our lives.
Challenges come in all forms. For me right now it's this race, 3 years ago it was running for 40 minutes without stopping. More recently it was having the courage to finally quit my old job to become a Personal Trainer (although major props go to my coach for the added confidence to do this!)
For you it may be nailing 20 perfect push ups or getting yourself active after a long, hard day at work. It may not be physical, maybe there's a challenge at work or at home that crops up. These things are supposed to stretch us but they also focus us and whether we win or lose, pass or fail, we can at least say we tried. This quote sums things up more succinctly than I can:
"The man who says "I failed" is ten times more of a man, than the man who says "what if"."
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