How I started running (part 2)
In my last post, I talked about where I’ve come from – unhealthy and unhappy, where I am now – healthier and happier and where I want to go – running a Boston Marathon Qualifying time of 3 hours and 5 minutes.
In part 2, I talk about my old lifestyle, why I chose running to make a positive change and how I started to run.
When change gets noticed
Last spring, I was at a family wedding in Ireland. It had been the first time since I had lost a lot of weight. These weddings are always a great opportunity to catch up with far-flung relatives. Meeting one of my uncles, he exclaimed:
‘Kogsy, great to see you! But where’s the rest of you?’
Then, last summer, an old friend invited to a social event in north London. The tides and times of each of our lives meant we hadn’t seen each other in 2 years. She couldn’t believe the change in me.
‘You look years younger!’’
‘You’ve stopped smoking!’
‘You’ve lost so much weight!’
And the one that really struck home – mentally:
‘You seem so much happier in yourself! You’d been stuck in your rut for so long, like a car spinning it’s wheels. How did you do it? What made you change?’
“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”
Tony Robbins [Read more…]