Since I started running just under a year ago, I’ve come a long way (158 miles to be precise!).
I started running to become a healthier, fitter and stronger person. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding but I kept it up and the running bug has bitten! Now that’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say.
When I’m out running I have time to clear my head and I become more motivated and energised. I also have more time to be thankful of all the things I take for granted.
Yesterday, along with my best friend Nic , I took part in the Thames 10k at Beale Park and it was an awesome event.
Very hot, very sticky and some challenging terrain (I don’t like running in long grass and I especially didn’t like the midges!) … but I completed the 10k and beat my PB by 4 minutes which I was very pleased with. Here’s a piccy of us with our medals!
I didn’t “beat” many people to the finish line but I did beat that evil voice in my head telling to me stop half way through the race. Mind over matter and I will never give in! It is said that when you’re a runner your mind will give up before your legs do and that’s so true!
Here are the business applications I learnt last night:
- I'm stronger than I think – dream big, set goals and you WILL achieve them.
- Enjoy your new challenge - instead of focussing on how difficult it is, focus on how lucky you are to have this new opportunity. I run because I can. When I get tired I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted – and then I run harder for them!
- Make sure you have all the skills/time/support/resources to tackle your challenge. Having all the right gear is just as vital in business!
- When taking on a new challenge don't be afraid to ask for advice. And if the advice is useful, share it so others can benefit from your experience. I’ve been given many running tips and advice over the past year and now I find myself sharing that with new runners and that feels good!
- Break your new challenge into small manageable chunks. I have an excellent business coach, Rob Pickering – and he’s always stressing the importance of setting a goal and taking bite size chucks to get there. It’s the key to success and I’ve taken that advice and adapted it to my personal life as well.
- Track your progress so you can see how far you have come. If something doesn't go to plan look back at your progress see how far you have come and be spurred on to keep at it!
- Tell people you’re going to do something and it’s much more likely that you will achieve it. People will then ask how you are progressing and this support can be really encouraging – and it holds you accountable of course!
My next big challenge is the Reading half marathon, 2015. There, I’ve said it – so you can hold me accountable! :o)