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I recently posted some of my own motivation on my Facebook page. It got a pretty good response so I thought I’d share it with you today.

It was only in March 2012 that I took up running regularly. A woman shouted out of her car window “hurry up fat arse.”


I thought for a second about turning around, walking home, locking the door and never running again. It was Bear Grylis that said “Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” So I kept trying.


I couldn’t run around the block without stopping three times. I remember them well. Once at the office block, once at the pub and once up the bank back to my house. The feeling of not being able to breath was awful. I was also temporarily admitting defeat, which was hard to take. I still fit that route in sometimes and I pass these three points and smile.


I think to myself, I wonder how many times has that woman shouted similar things to other people and they’ve given up? To an unfit Mother or Father trying to make a difference in their lives by turning to health and fitness. Just like I was.


Motivation can come in many forms. Music, videos, quotes, pictures, a health scare, a family loss. For me, part of my motivation is still running past that point near the shops. I turned that negative into a positive and I still use it today. If you’ve ever had a similar experience and you did turn around and lock that door, unlock it now and try again. I’ve gone from zero miles to potentially running 37 in the space of 21 months. Just think what you could achieve.

So I say to the woman in the car “I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name but thank-you.”


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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