Where I’ve come from
I started running in 2011. It started out as an attempt to shift weight, get healthy and feel better about myself. I’ve achieved those goals. And more. So much more. It’s possibly an overstatement to say running changed my life but my gosh, 3 years later I am in such a better place.
In 2011, I was living in a bedsit in a small town in the English home countries. Terribely fed up with my life and living an unhealthy life. I drank too much, ate too much and smoked. I smoked a lot of cigarettes and had a sour outlook on life. I wasn’t living my dream.
Where I am today
Today, I live in Christchurch New Zealand. I spent a chunk of last year travelling the world, fulfilling a long-cherished dream. I have run 5 marathons in 4 different countries. I’ve lost 15kg of fat, stopped smoking and drinking, eat healthier and am renting a very nice two bed unit.
I’ve had my trials and tribulations in those 3 years. It’s probably an overstatement to say running saved my life by itself. What running did show me is that I can achieve more then I ever thought possible.
Where I want to go
I called this blog Keep on Going for the simple reason that my success wasn’t overnight. It is made up of persistent, ongoing effort over years. Not just a narrow effort either – for example, only running to a training plan.
Through trial and error, I’ve had to change strategies to get to achieve my marathon goals. I’ve not been as successful as I would’ve liked and a lot of that’s down to pressures of life. Like everyone, I’ve got bills to pay and spent most of the time between mid-2011 and early 2014 constantly travelling.
So where do I want to go?
My goal is to run a Boston Marathon Qualifying Time.
As a 34 year old male, this is to run a full distance in 3hours and 5 minutes. As a comparison, my last marathon in December was 5hrs 40-something. Awful. Because I knew I could’ve done better.
My vision is to be the best runner I can be. I know I can go faster – provided I create a plan execute the plan – and make myself accountable to others.
So, I’ve dived into unknown territory with this blog and I publicly committ myself to running a BMQ marathon qualifying time of 3 hrs and 05 minutes by June 2015.
Join me on my journey!
Next time, on KOGBlog
In part 2, we’ll discuss my lifestyle before I started running, why I chose to run and how I got started.
Till then, Keep on Going.