Monday, 7 August 2017

Completing the York 10k

Did the York 10k yesterday. Great city, stunning buildings. Great crowds, great route.
York 10k. A medal.
Completed it in 57.16.
Well pleased.
Why? Because it is a good 12 minutes or so off my previous York 10k time.
It was my fastest 10k time.
It was the first time I have run a 10k in under and hour.
You could say, I smashed it.
So what's changed?  Well, I have lost some weight. I have got advice from Rory Coleman (, and I have (finally) got a desire to succeed.
You see, I'm overweight, by some margin. I've never been sporty. I'm often deskbound.  I like chocolate. I love biscuits.
I have failed.
I have failed to lose weight. I have failed to stick to weight loss programmes, or fitness regimes.
I have failed to act upon thoughts where I have recognised that I am fat and unfit.
But that's changed.


I am determined to work hard at getting fitter, and healthier. I don't want to be fat, unfit, old and grey. Admittedly, I'm going grey but I guess that's nature. Think George Clooney, except with bottle bottom glasses and a paunch.
And I'm getting older. But that, frankly, is a good thing; I'd rather be getting older than not.
So. I know I can't do this by myself. I need help.
Who's best to get advice from? When I was a reporter at the Derby Telegraph, I interviewed Rory Coleman.
I can't remember exactly whereabouts he was on his marathon journey, but I know he's about to complete his 1,000th race. And he's done 14 Marathon de Sables. Actually, I think the reason for my interviewing him was because he was about to take part in one of his first MdS.

Words of wisdom

My interview with Rory was quite a few years ago.  But when I realised I needed help, and was wondering to whom I should turn, Rory came to mind.
His words during that interview had always stayed with me. I had just failed to act upon them.
He spoke about dedication. Commitment. Focus. Desire. And much more.
I knew I had it in me to change. I have got through a few things as a nipper, and, more recently, completed the London Marathon. That takes dedication and focus.
But when I crossed that line in London, I was so happy. I had done it. But... what would happen if I lost weight, got fitter and aimed to go quicker? What if, I thought like an athlete, and not like a tubby, greying 40+ year old?
Can I do that? And if I can, surely everyone can?

I'll be blogging about my fitness journey, complete with Rory's help. My next post will be about thinking like an athlete, with input from Rory and a couple of people you may have heard of.