Three years have passed since that life changing moment. It was a Friday afternoon in early October 2012. He just walked off the stage and the crowd was still jumping up and down, cheering, waving, full of adrenaline, passion, joy! I can still remember how I could not fall asleep that evening, my head was being bombarded with ideas and thoughts. As the next speaker came on stage at the National Achievers Congress in London’s Excel Centre and I sat back down, I suddenly realised how exhausted I felt. Sure, we were jumping up and down every 30 minutes for the past five hours but still, this was no reason to be so physically drained. It was a different sort of exhaustion. You know that feeling when you get when after working hard to finish something you finally get it done and then sit down to relax. All of a sudden it hits you and you wonder how was it possible that you managed to get everything done. Do you get that feeling? It seems even weirder when you were not doing anything physical. Being on an emotional high for five hours during an Anthony Robbins seminar made me realise one thing – I am out of shape – physically. I needed to change this state. And as the great mentor that Anthony Robbins is says, make sure to act upon your decisions right away! I did just that. I decided that whatever I want to do to achieve success, first I need to start with number ONE – me!
Within a few days of the unforgettable event at the Excel Centre, I was at my local gym signing up for an annual membership. I was ready to get in shape. I wanted to have more energy so that I could pursue other things in life that would bring me happiness and be rewarding. However, I wanted to make this last and that is why I decided to read a book. Remember, my goal was to achieve more energy. This seemed a little odd. I would associate working out with losing a great deal of energy, not gaining it. I am sure many have tried going for a run and after ten minutes dropping to the ground, out of breath and drained of all the energy they had. This time, I was not going to make that mistake, instead, I reached for a book. A book written by an expert, someone who through his own experiences has found a method that brings extra energy to everyday life.
Stu Mittleman, an ultra runner who has countless endurance feats and several decades of running under his belt describes how to run efficiently in his book Slow Burn. This is the book that I was privileged to read just as I was starting to run and it instilled some key principles which I follow to this day and which have been very valuable – especially in helping me achieve my original goal, which was to get more energy! Running has provided me with tremendous amounts of energy and the time it takes to run is less than half of the extra time gained by eliminating fatigue.
Whilst working on my running, I started looking into nutrition, especially alkalising and whole foods. Don’t you find it weird, that once you start exploring one thing, a bunch of other stuff comes out as well. If three years ago you would have told me that I would be running 10k almost every day and that I would be taking part in marathons and ultra marathons I would think you were mad. If I saw you running before sunrise or in the rain my first thoughts would have been to stay clear of this person. And foods. Going meat free for a month or trying out a raw food diet or even drinking green smoothies…. You must be joking, crazy! How quickly things change.
I am loving every moment of my journey. I keep on learning new things about running, nutrition, motivation and want to broaden my knowledge and experiences. HelpGetFit is a work in progress. It is a journey that I am currently on and the experiences I want to share to help people like you to start something new, your own journey! To sum up this experience I leave you with a quote from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol:
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
All the best,