I look back over the last 2-3 years since I started writing my blog and marvel at how life has taken many twists and turns. As a passionate distance runner who has simultaneously torn both achilles in the last 3 years, I realise it has taken me the same length of time to be able to safely say that with careful management I am now well on my way back to running some reasonable distances – albeit currently at a much slower pace. I can cope with this; its better than not running at all.
When I set up this site my original intention was to blog about my experiences as a distance runner from training through to competition. Things don’t always turn out the way you expect and along the way I discovered that I actually prefer to write about everyone else BUT me! Consequently this blog site is in general about people in sport that I know, have met, have a connection to via others. This is not about Celebrity; This is about Community.
I am a distance runner who has spent the best part of the last 2.5 years cross training in a local boxing gym. But things change, people move on and having reached a new low point earlier this year on top of suffering a severe bout of Pleurisy combined with Flu and a spell of Asthma thrown into the mix it was decided that maybe it was time for a change.
A chance meeting with one of my daughter’s old school friends led me to hook up with an old friend and highly respected Pilates instructor and personal fitness trainer Sally Volrath. Discussing both my fitness and nutritional needs, working out once a week in the gym and combining this with my running soon produced excellent results and for the first time in my 50 years existence I also learned the importance of focusing my energies on myself rather than others and I have never looked back.
So I am back running and my connection with boxing remains intact. Having recently been asked to become part of the committee of my local amateur boxing club – Felbridge ABC - I find I am enjoying my role which involves fund raising and promotion, the aim being to reach as many potential young boxers as possible both locally and beyond. We are fortunate that there is lots of local support for our vision and 2014 is looking promising. Alongside this I am working towards my qualification as an Athletics Coach at East Grinstead Athletics Club and maybe one day there will be some synergy between the two clubs and their respective sports.
On a personal level 2014 for me is about crushing mental milestones, as I train to run Brighton marathon in the Spring. I’m no stranger to this distance but it will be 4 years since 26.2 and I were last acquainted.
Its going to be tough.