Just a quick aside before I get into the fundraising… I’m blow away by how many people read my blog on the Fertility issues. I’ve had some lovely supportive messages and thank you to everyone for that it means a lot.
There are many reasons to exercise. And there are many methods and techniques to improving your running, your cycling and swimming. And people will tell you about them; often at great length. I’m just as guilty of this. I’ve asked people for different advice and felt overwhelmed about all the different ways of doing things. Of worrying about my heart rate and zones, of trying to understand what a brick run is, of trying to get my head round the best diet. And then I’ve preached to others at length about them, as if i’m so bloody guru who knows it all. When in truth i’m just someone whose done a bit of running, a bit of cycling and is probably a bit stubborn, with a massive chip on his shoulder.
So i’ve considered what my one tip would be, what I’d tell me, way back in the beginning if I could only give one bit of information or advice to carry forward. Its not going to improve my pbs, or make me a better runner. But I think its the key to all of it:
“Whatever you do, enjoy it.”
If I have to elaborate and expand; “It will be tough, there will be times, you will want to stop climbing a hill or stop the run or not go out. Endure those moments, because you’ll be bloody chuffed with your self if you do. And there is nothing wrong with being proud of yourself.”
See ultimately the best thing I’m finding from my runs and the cycling is the headspace. I have a lot of stress in life; as we all do. I’m working to get a permanent contract, me and my wife worry about if we can have a child, we want to move, lots of our future seems uncertain.
When I run or get on my bike, that washes away. I pound the pavement, i enjoy the air, I feel connected with the outside and get lost in what is going on, nothing matters but running or cycling. I occasionally can check my pace or focus on my cadence, but ultimately its the buzz of letting my mind switch off and feel free and content for a short spell. The worries melt away, i can focus on it, not worry about what people think of me, or if i’m doing it right, i just focus. Then I can reflect. usually after, I feel charged and better focused. This blog i’m writing after 20 miles on a turbo. I don’t feel tired, i just feel energised to do stuff.
I wish this stuff had been know to my dad, so he had an outlet.
So yes, you can do stuff to be a better runner, swimmer, cyclist, whatever. But ultimately don’t lost sight of the enjoyment of it, else it loses the magic. I’ve cycled 1664 miles this year, and run 446 miles. I assure you i wouldn’t do that if I didn’t find it enjoyable. Admittedly this is questionable if I’m sane for enjoying it but thats another story.
So as we approach the end of the year, its been nice to remember that I enjoy doing this shit and that if i didn’t I should pack it in. But I do, so the year has a few miles left in it yet.