The WHY of Running – do you have it?
Why do you run? How can I help you with your why?
How can I help you to achieve your running goals?
My reasons for running have changed over the 4 years that I have been running. I have gone through a number of stages. I can help you achieve your goals, just tell me why you run!
Here are my reasons for running:
- It began as the most efficient (in terms of time vs. calories vs. distance) fitness apparatus in the gym. At this stage I weighed almost 100 kg. Goal: weight loss.
- It progressed (painfully) to running outside – goal was further weight loss and to learn to run at all !
- It then became a challenge to run for an hour. Again this started in the gym as it seemed easier to time and measure.
- Rather boring to run for an hour on the running band so the goal changed to running for an hour outside.
- The running for an hour progressed to running 10 km…and my first race – Utrecht 10 km in September 2009. I always thought it was silly to enter a race that there was little (I remain positive) chance of winning. However – I discovered that you run your OWN race. In fact in amongst the thousands who start there is only 1 competitor J
- “Someone” laughed and scoffed as to whether I would also be running the 15 km Zevenheuvelenloop after Utrecht – November 2009. I ran to prove that I could J
- A crazy thought entered my head…could I run a half marathon? I could! In fact I shocked running friends who did not know I had entered/could run, by showing up in one of the sponsor tents!!
- I joined a running club and wanted to improve my running technique, times distances.
- Having progressed from Group 3 to Group 1 the notion of running a marathon entered my head.
- Have set the bar at the Paris Marathon in 2010 I am now running to achieve the next challenge – the following Marathon and improve my times/ extend the time to “wall”/ find the crazy marathons and run those…
I loved running the Slachtemarathon last year in Friesland. It was really a trail marathon as we ran through a LOT of mud.
My most craziest marathon to date will be Salcombe Marathon in the UK on the 4th of May:
It includes a lot of tiny, rugged, steep coastal paths, a ferry ride, a pub lunch….
What’s really motivating me know? I see my running goals as parallel to my business goals. You achieve one goal and stretch to the next. You can achieve things that you never imagined you could (I lost 42 kg). As you achieve these things you can set more goals for unimaginable achievements (I wonder how many people actually started from NIL running with the goal of running a marathon?) and see that these too are possible.
As I have gone through all these phases I have taken care to follow training programmes and included nutrition and supplements in the preparation and execution. I would be delighted to share my experiences and help you to achieve your goals.
Are you running:
- To lose weight?
- Keep fit?
- Achieve a distance?
- For peak performance (mental and physical)?
I would love to hear from you – tell me why you run!