On Sunday, Oct 14th I completed my 11th marathon. This is a journey that I started five years ago when I decided to run my first marathon to raise money for Cancer Charity to support several friends who were going through chemotherapy.
At that time I had never run more than six miles, and even that was over 30 years before.
At 52 I hadn’t done any meaningful sport or training for years, yes there was the occasional game of squash, but fatness not fitness was probably closer to the truth.
When I announced I was going to attempt the marathon many people, including family and close friends, were dubious and suggested that maybe I should start with a 5 or 10 k run. My boss at the time, who was the same age as me, warned that it would end in tears.
Now I am not going to lie, my physical condition was not the best, I wasn’t a runner and I too would have told you that running a marathon was beyond me – in
But I had decided to change all that. I had the right motivation, I had a purpose, I was on a mission and I was determined to succeed.
The training started with just a short
What amazed me most was how quickly the improvements came, even though it was a slow and easy start, within Marathon seven weeks of beginning my training, I was able to complete my first ever half marathon.
Big changes can come quickly when we make the decision change and later 6 months I completed my first marathon.
The challenge with big changes though is that it can be easy to fall back to where we were. Many people who run a marathon, run just one and then they are done. They have achieved the goal, but they haven’t really made a sustainable change.
Now to be clear I am not being critical here, it’s an amazing goal that has been achieved, it should be celebrated loudly and people should be proud of their success.
However, achieving success is not the same as making sustainable change.
It’s definitely part of it, but for change to be sustainable, the results need to be maintained or repeated, it’s not a one-time thing.
After my first Marathon
After that I signed up again and by the start of this year I had run 10 marathons.
So when I announced I was going to run the York Marathon back in March, there was no one who questioned that, or who said aim lower, just do a 5 or 10k.
Why? Simple, because I had made that sustainable change from non-runner, through first-time marathon runner, to marathon runner.
Now I’m not a fast runner, but I am consistent and persistent.
That’s how we make changes.
On Sunday I completed the York Marathon, the conditions were poor, it rained from start to finish as you can see in my photo above. I had trained well and I managed to complete the race in 4hrs 58 seconds, which was my second fastest marathon, a time which pleased me greatly.
What pleases me more though is not the success of this race, or any of the previous races, but the sustainable change that has been made.
The secrets to sustainable change are simple they are persistenc and consistency.
These are talent multipliers that can be used to create great results, which are repeatable, predictable and sustainable.
This year I ran on behalf of the Stroke Association and if you would like to donate please click on the link here and every $ helps.