I'm not trying to boast, and I'm not looking to shame anyone who feels they can't do that... actually the opposite. I want to inspire you to achieve something personal to yourself.
After all what is life without achievement? Just existence, surely? If that's what you want to do then fine, but I'm hoping by reading this you're the kind of person who want's a little more from your life?
Working towards a goal gives you focus. Focus and determination, combined with consistency feels great. It's undeniable - think about any time you've worked towards something worthwhile and you'll remember that life just feels great when that happens.
As for my achievement:
Running is something close to my heart largely because my earliest memories of sport are those anchored to my dad, and waiting for him to come home from training to read me a bedtime story, and watching him compete for the Swavesey Snails! It was always exciting, even if I didn't know what was going on, and only saw him run for a brief few seconds before he zoomed past!
This was also a distance I've never attempted and knowing my previous 10k person best (42 minutes) it allowed me to calculate a target for the half marathon (20k). Also I knew that I didn't have the best 'running' fitness of my life (having competed in strength sports for the last 2 years and running at 10 kilos heavier than my 10k PB). this meant, a realistic target was to finish in 1.50, but deep down I knew I wanted 1.40.
The run itself was a gorgeous day in the beautiful surroundings of Ealing. I'd recommend it to anyone who takes part in distance running to have a crack at the Ealing half.
I started well, and felt fresh after my week's rest, and massage two days prior. I knew I wasn't going to get injured, and it allowed me to push myself. 10k flew by in 47 minutes... hmmm... "not bad" I'm thinking, and so I ran into unchartered territory - the 2nd 10k.
The last 2 miles were a case of keeping check on the time and try and pound it out as fast as my broken legs could. I was still flying past people though. Into the last mile, with 8 minutes to stay under 1.40.
Gasping for air, my hips creaking, glutes screaming and crossed the line with 30s to spare... ABSOLUTE ELATION.
That's what it's all about... setting targets, and smashing them.
So again, I'm not trying to boast because you might be reading this and thinking "I'll never be able to recreate that time", or you might already be quicker that that. The point is to inspire you to reach out of your comfort zone and set yourself a goal in running, or business, or relationships - whatever works for you.
Because the feeling I've had all week knowing I succeeded is too good not to share. I want you to feel this as well.
Let me know if I can help too - send me an email and we'll hatch a plan. I want to share in your success too!