Asking. For a friend.
Did you show up?
That’s amazing! Many are too afraid to take on the challenge and thus they never show up.
Did you give it the best you had on that day?
That’s amazing! Many are too afraid to risk failing and thus they never push themselves.
Did you make the best decision for yourself?
That’s amazing! Many are too afraid of what others might think and thus they never do what’s in their own best interest.
Did you fight for your finish?
That’s amazing! Many are too afraid of the battle and thus they never become the warrior.
Did you remember to celebrate yourself?
That’s amazing! Many are too afraid of cheering for themselves and thus they never hear the applause.
Did you remember?
You are amazing! ~G
Some great photos from today’s 5 miler from Paul Timms, wasn’t my finest race and didn’t feel strong at all but still managed to scrape a 33:30 even with my knackered calf! Well happy with that, now time for some early Birthday celebrations 🎉
So the wife says to me this morning “happy birthday you hunk of manliness, what would you like to do for your birthday?” I had a brilliant idea to row a marathon (42,195m)
Her response was “haha crack on you silly [email protected]$t@rd”
Probably not my smartest idea but I wanted to achieve something today that I’ve not done before, well apart from a 6 min marathon with the wife😉 but I did it in 3hrs 41m with a couple of pit stops before everyone starts comparing times it was a distance thing😉 the time is for the @concept2inc challenge next month.
Now to eat a tonne of cake 😋🤪🤣 #concept2rower#concept2rowing#marathon#rowingmachine#birthday#adaptiveathlete
This is me with my amazing mum. One year ago she inspired me to take up running for the first time and now I'm preparing for my first 10k race next week! Even more exciting and impressive is that my mum, the dinosaur lady, will be running in London Marathon this weekend to raise money for a truly amazing charity! Please read her story and donate what you can!
On my #longruns I chase freighters & coast guard boats the entire time. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is so unbelievably #peaceful running next to the greatest lakes! 8.5 miles done for the day ✌🏼💃🏼
“What you don’t see are the friends and family who probably help her, in ways small and large, be a runner. “
~ Meb Keflezighi , 26 Marathons
Finally finished Meb’s book (solid read) and this line stuck out to me the most. Truer words were never spoken. I absolutely love running and the joy it brings me, but it’s not always easy.
There are days and races when I think this is it... but then family and friends remind why this sport is so special to me.
Im thankful for all the familiar faces who literally have waited over an hour just to yell my name as I pass by for 2 seconds, for the phone calls/texts before races from across the world/country despite the time difference, for the surprise visitors at the finish line and for the family & friends who have willingly or begrudgingly raced with me...and especially for everyone who has amused me with all my talk about running.
There are times when being a runner isn’t awesome and it’s hard, but I absolutely love it and I am 1,000% thankful for all of my friends and family who support and encourage me in my runs.
One afternoon, a little over 6 months ago, I was lucky enough to see the ground breaking virtual reality film ‘The Antarctica Experience’ at the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremantle. Not only was it an amazing experience, I was struck with an overwhelming and passionate desire to do something about climate change. Thank you @bella1890 for opening my eyes. I left that museum with a blast of inspiration and a hastily thought out plan. I would compete in the 2020 Antarctic Ice Marathon and pick up 20,000 litres of rubbish in an attempt to do ‘my part’ for the planet!
Here I am 6 months and almost 3000 litres of rubbish later. I’ve trained hard and have already posted a sub 20 5k, I’m chasing down a sub 40 10k and now I’m training for a sub 90 half marathon. I’ve exceeded my expectations and I’m fitter and faster now at the age of 40 than at any time in my life. Without a doubt, social media has played a massive part in this journey. I’ve surrounded myself with like minded and inspirational people. I follow some of the best and aspire to be as good as them if not better. All this has left me wondering; can I win the marathon? I don’t know the answer to that question just yet, but I’m determined to train hard and chase that dream
It’s not been easy and there’s been moments of massive self doubt (I’m still feeling my way around and learning new things every day) but support is never far away
Thank you to @markdonaldsonvc who’s been incredibly humble and gracious enough to follow me from the start. You inspire me to run faster and train harder everyday and you’re the reason why I stuck it out in the early days of my campaign .
Thanks also to @colinobrady@bella1890@domgill1980@r_mcgregor@eltoro_loco_247@firstname.lastname@example.org and countless others who motivate me by posting fantastic content and setting that bar really high
And finally, the Perth running scene has been truely amazing. A special thank you to @mama_to_marathon@juannguyenrunning@shan_obstaclerunning_man and @the_full_monts I follow you guys religiously and learn so much! I’m not there just yet, but I’m chasing at your heels trying to catch up