Never give up

Well, that hurt a bit!

I’ve been running regularly and competitively for the last 9 years. I knew I had to do something to stay fit when I left the army in 2014 after 30 years as a reserve infantry officer in Royal Welsh. Running seemed to be a relatively easy way to stay fit as I got older. Then I joined a running club in 2015.

Since then, I’ve done over 80 competitive races, from 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathons 13.1 Miles (21k) and a couple of full marathons at 26.2 miles (42k) even up to ultras at 71 miles (115km) but never got into London to do the road marathon and of course every year your getting older and it gets harder.

I was in the mix this year, having got a place in 2019, it was deferred because of the pandemic, but unfortunately due to life pressures and family circumstances, and to some extent my own ambivalence, the training didn’t go according to plan, and I just hadn’t done enough. I should have got around in about 4hrs 30mins, but it ended up being 5hrs 42mins.

At no point did I ever think, sod it I just won’t go.

When it was pouring down before the start line and I was cold, I never thought of binning it.

At 10 miles at Tower Bridge, when I started to get stomach cramps, I never thought of giving up.

At 18 miles in the depths of Canary Wharf when my legs were lacking energy, I never thought of giving up.

At 23 miles by Tower Bridge, with painful blisters starting on the balls of my feet, I never thought of giving up.

At 26.2 I was glad it was over. I was also satisfied that I had finished and completed a challenge that’s beyond 90% of the population.

In business, it’s the same as it is in life and running. If you say you are going to do a thing, then never give up on it and do what you say you will do.

How will anyone trust you, if they don’t know if you will do what you said you would do?

Always complete, always finish, be a reliable partner and it will come back to you 1000%

Have a great week 😊

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