Run Guru Run Inspiration!

When I started running, it was to raise money for Hibbs Lupus Trust.

That was all. Or so I thought. I had no goals or dreams to run a Marathon. Just running a Half Marathon seemed like a distant goal back in July last year.

But a few weeks after completing the Birmingham Half Marathon, I decided to enter the Brighton Marathon, had already created an Instagram account called @RunGuruRun and changed my Twitter name to match that @RunGuruRun ….and so the real running journey started.

Early this year, I decided I wanted to record my first marathon and decided to splash out on a new GoPro and recorded some of my training runs and races before the marathon to get used to running with a camera and load them on YouTube.

Little did I know what impact these videos would have.

I have had so many messages of encouragement, it really helped me on my journey. All I wanted was a video for my Marathon. A bit like a wedding video. Something for me and my family to remember the day.

When the Brighton Marathon video was uploaded, I literally had hundreds of messages via YouTube, Instagram and Twitter all saying what an inspiration I am and how much they enjoyed the video. Some even cried watching it!

But one message was sent to me privately last week, which really touched me and I wanted to share with you:

Hi there. I started running in January after years of no cardio and just weightlifting. I quit after less than 1km on my first attempt, out of breath and in pain., Last Sunday I did 12km without stopping. I have entered brighton marathon for 2017 and havnt told a soul (apart from you now…) Your video of your marathon is wonderful and your time very impressive. What a great achievment. So basically thank you for the inspiration! 😊

I find it very humbling that I have touched so many people and want to keep doing this as I enjoy it so much and it makes my heart sing, as you may of seen on the videos. I may not sell millions of records as a singer, but I do love a good singalong!

As well as signing up for 2017 Brighton Marathon next year, I have also pre-registered my interest for the return of Birmingham Marathon next year also! Why not join me?

Below is the Brighton Marathon for you to enjoy and share and who knows, it may inspire many more people when you share it too with all your friends and family.

 

 

Marathon Miracle

Following on from my last post, is 42 the answer? I can tell you it certainly is!

On Sunday April 17th 2016, at approximately 1pm in Brighton, a miracle happened. I finished my first ever full length marathon. Not a half marathon, not a 20 mile race, not Manchester Marathon (which apparently it was short by a few hundred yards), but the full 26.2 miles or 42 km.

I still have to pinch myself, as for a me, a non-fitness person, non athlete at school, or anything really, that i could finish running a full marathon.

Not only did i run the whole way, i finished it in an amazing time of 3 hours and 46 minutes and you can watch the whole run that i Vlogged on video below.

The first 13 miles were great for me, but then a muscle around my hip area was in a lot of pain and got worse at mile 14, so ran the last 12 miles in great pain. There were times where i felt like giving up as it was so painful, but i was determined to finish.

Ian Morgan on Instagram told me that running a marathon would change me and he was right!

I learnt so much about myself. Great mental toughness, able to endure a lot of pain for long periods of time, a determination to get the job done and months of dedicated training to make sure i was prepared as best i can be for the race.

I would highly recommend the Brighton Marathon, with great crowds, great atmosphere, running along a beautiful city and coastline. What better way to spend a great weekend away with friends and family?

I think i will write a blog post in future at how running a marathon is like starting a new business, as i feel there are many similarities.

So below is the video for all of you to enjoy and if you find it inspirational, please do share amongst all your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, email etc.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @rungururun