The pied piper of the second running boom

Back in June this year, i was feeling somewhat nervous about entering a half marathon.

I asked John Hibbs if he had any hints or tips for me starting out as a runner, because i mentioned about my previous problems with knees and ankles and general lack of running skills.

John mentioned a website by John Bigham who has a nickname of The Penguin.

Known by his fans as “the Penguin” for his back-of-the-pack speed, John Bingham is the unlikely hero of the modern running boom. Overweight, uninspired, and saddled with a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit Bingham found himself firmly wedged in a middle-age slump. Then, he discovered running and changed his life forever.

Once i read about John Bingham it gave me the confidence to continue with my decision to enter the Great Birmingham Run.

And so it became a reality, which i believe anyone can do the same.

Dream it, believe it, achieve it! #simples

When i first heard the phrase “dream it, believe it, achieve it!”, i thought, what a load of bullshit!

For me though, it’s not bullshit, it came true on Sunday 18th October at around 12:15 in the afternoon.

That was the time i finished the Great Birmingham Run. My first ever half marathon.

Back in June i dreamt about running a half marathon, even though i had not run for over 30 years. So i had a lot of fears.

By July i had a training schedule and i started to believe it.

On the saturday night before the race, i was a bag of nerves and couldn’t get much sleep. I thought to myself wouldn’t it be amazing and inspirational if i could run in 1 hr 45 minutes?

Sunday at 12.15pm, i achieved that, give or take a few seconds.

If i can do it, you can too.