If you follow my Facebook page you’ll have seen my husband’s heroic efforts in succeeding to run Hadrian’s Wall, UK, 86 miles in 3 days all in support of Dementia UK. He did it alone (well apart from me as his right hand woman, coach and amateur masseuse! We both stank of Arnica by the end of it. LOL.) and he did it in all conditions. Wind, rain, hot sun, clouds. The terrain was flat, road, field, hills, country, city. On the first day there were several detours that added 3 miles, so he ran 32 miles instead of 29!! On the second day in scorching sun, 27 miles of hills, his knee gave in. On the third day he romped home and 29 miles later was still smiling…How? I still don't know. I'm in awe! The challenges were piled high. However, his incredible attitude and his fortitude throughout got him safely to the end. I asked him what lessons he’d learnt from setting and achieving such an amazing goal. Here’s his reply
What Simon learnt from bringing his Vision to life.
Going downhill can often be as difficult as going uphill - sometimes the parts you think of as easy are more painful, which proves fear is all in the mind. Until it's actually painful don't worry about it, then deal with what you have in front of you.
Pace yourself - it's not a sprint to the end. Progress is progress no matter how slow. I’ve had to have this attitude throughout the 6 months I’ve trained for this and it served me well.
Don't concentrate on the next 10 miles concentrate on the next 500 metres. It’s so important to stay present. This can be applied to so much in life. If I thought about the whole run at the start I might not have got to the end, because it would feel so overwhelming. I stay present and simply make mental adjustments every 500 metres to get me to the next 500 metres and before you know it I’ve run 32 miles.
Stay focused. Mind fitness is as important as physical fitness. This Vision of doing this run started in December 2016. I knew I had to be consistent and maintain my focus for the time before and during the run. I trained and I prepared my body and mind to give myself the best possible chance of achieving it.
Have a motivation to do it at the fore front of your mind - For me, it was important to raise money for Dementia UK because as a family we have been affected by this illness several times, and we want to support others who are being challenged by this in the future. I also want to prove to myself I can do anything I set out to do, as well as showing my kids this in action, rather than words. I want them to feel able to do whatever they want to do and be proud of themselves dong it. These were my reasons why. These were what kept me putting one foot in front of the other when I fancied sitting in front of the telly with a bag of minstrels!
You have to make the time for what is important to you. I'm the CEO of a great company. I'm there for my children and my wife, although in the last month this time was sacrificed a bit, with their blessing. I had to make time for this training. I had to get up extra early and run at times I didn't necessarily feel like it to make it happen. You have to make time and it will sometimes come at a cost to something else, but that's a decision. You have a choice.
Having a supportive team, even in a solo venture is essential - I didn't do this alone. My Wife, my family, all the people who donated and supported on the way were very much part of this and I can’t thank them enough. At the time of this going live we raised over £2500 for Dementia UK. Thanks to everyone's generosity. (If you’d like to support Dementia UK and the link is still live when reading this. Click here.)
So that’s what it takes to create a Vision and then make it a reality. Running may not be your thing. (It’s not mine, not on this level!) However, let’s find out what is? When will you create the space and time to find out how to fulfil your dreams and your goals? When will you make time to make it happen? Click here to find out how.
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