As a runner there is now a multitude of other events that you can try to mix up your racing and events participation. There are obstacle course races, duathalons, aquathons, relay races and bike sportives. There is of course, triathlon as well. The fastest growing participation sport in the UK/world!
I have been increasingly interested in triathlons for a while now. The success of the Brownlee brothers at the London 2012 Olympics, the BBC coverage on the World Triathlon Series, Rich Roll’s book Finding Ultra and World Triathlon staging their races in lovely locations has all helped stimulate this interest.
I have put off doing a triathlon for a couple of reasons. One, because I have not swum properly for about 20 years (where it does not involve a running bomb or a water slide!) Two, it’s also really expensive and you need loads of kit.
Have you ever thought about cycling to work and what the benefits may be? You may have a concern about the air pollution in major cities that is putting you off giving it a go. This always comes to mind when I am sat behind a bus bellowing out black smoke whilst on my bike.
A recent study by the University of Cambridge shows that the health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution in all but the most polluted cities. So that is good news and one less thing to worry about.
Reduction of air pollution was one of the main manifesto points in the recent London Mayoral elections, with all the main mayoral candidates claiming they are committed to tackling the issue. The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health say that outdoor air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK. I could not quite believe this when I read it.
The main point for Londoners of the University of Cambridge study is that –
The article and radio programme shows that there are some super successful people out there (award winning writers and brain surgeons) who believe that at some point they are going to get found out and that someone is going to figure out that they do not know what they are really doing. Continue reading “What is the Imposter Syndrome?”
We all want to be better. We all want to improve our lives. We all know we should eat better. We all know we should exercise. But it is just so damn hard to get started!
I can procrastinate with the best of them. I had been meaning to start this blog for months. I got hung up on what I was going to call it. Where would register the domain. Who I should host my site with. I spent two weeks looking at different themes. I nearly bought a new laptop. That could have wasted another couple of weeks! There were lots of things I thought I had to get right before I could start. There wasn’t. I just needed to start.
So, what do you do about this? How do you get started?
What I have found is……. there is no secret, there is no special app, and there is no life hack that is going to get you going.
One of my aims this year has been to take part in more races and then the review and document them. I did this race a month or so ago but it has taken a while to get my blog up and running (I have to work on that procrastination).
I got my place through Alzheimer’s Research UK via a post on the parkrun weekly email. The place was free and the minimum sponsorship target was only £100. I filled in the application form and low and behold I got an email back the same day saying I was in.
For my first blog post I could tell you about the training I did at the weekend or review the run I recently volunteered at. However, when I am reading blogs, what I really want to know is: a little bit about the person who is writing. Is this person like me? What’s their story? Can I identify with them? Are they super fit and talking about 2 hrs 45 min marathons or just surviving them? What value will I get from this blog?
From being a child and teen athlete (playing every sport under the sun) my sport participation fell off dramatically in my late teens and early twenties. I picked up running again when I turned 30 and ran the London Marathon in 2008 and 2010. Though I was running on and off through my thirties I stayed the same size and weight and never really thought that I was out of shape. I thought that I was just a big lad!
However, bit by bit over the last couple of years, I started to exercise more, eat better food, and drink less alcohol and my weight and body shape slowly started to change. I previously weighed 15 stone (95kg or 210lbs) and now my weight hovers around 12 stone 12 pounds (82kg or 180lbs). I would say I am in the best shape of my life now and I am still achieving PBs 7 years after I started running again.
I am a normal guy just trying to be better and find new things and I hope the changes that I have made resonate with a few people to make changes of their own.
I still love food and am partial to a bacon sandwich and a couple of beers but have forgone Friday nights out on the town for my early Saturday morning BMF session and my local parkrun.
I started the blog to share my enthusiasm for running, sport, health and wellbeing and pass on some of things I have found, tried and continue to find. I hope it will also hold me accountable to keep pushing forward with my health and personal growth.
Hope you enjoy the blog!
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