I’m not yet the fastest, the strongest or the leanest, but I do love to run. I was born to run. We were all born to run. But unfortunately, in Scotland we were also born more likely to have our lives cut prematurely short with many Scottish males not living much beyond 50 years old.. We smoke too much, we drink too much and we sit about too much (You all must really love my posts- disabled children, mental illness and now premature death).
So this week, I thought I’d share the words of Dr Andrew Murray. You may remember him as that dude who ran seven ultra-marathons in seven continents in seven days last November. But, to me, he is an inspirational runner and more importantly a huge advocate of physical activity. I shared a stage with him last year at the Paths For All Networking Event and his words resonate as much now, as they did then.
You don’t have to run marathons. You don’t need to be Usain Bolt. All you need to do is be more active, more often to keep the monster that is Smokadiabesity at bay.
The Men’s 10K is the most inclusive race I know. It doesn’t matter if you are 15 or 50 years old, 15 stone or 50 stone or can run 5K in 15 minutes or 50 minutes. Everyone is welcome and everyone supports each other. But for many the prospect of running 10K may be a daunting one, especially those new to running or those who have yet to start and are looking at the Men’s 10K as the starting point to getting fit.
Ask any runner and they’ll all usually say that the only way to get faster and run further is to run more (as much as I love running, there has to be another way).
And what better way to run more (until I find an alternative, that is), than to run every day. And don’t worry, I’m not suggesting we all copy Rodger and run EVERY day of our life (not yet, anyway). In fact I’m not even saying you have to actually run, for that matter.
Instead I would suggest maybe making a pledge to run, cycle, swim or walk 5K or even do 30 minutes of activity every day for 50 days. And that activity can be Thai boxing, badminton, yoga or even Zumba, if the notion takes you (I’ve tried all four and I’m equally inept at them, as I am at running).
And while you are at it, why not do it with some friends, family and colleagues? By being active for 50 days (not as impossible as you might think) you may just develop a thirst for more and embark on a fitter, more fun and er, longer life.
I did the Run The World Challenge for seven days last year (to coincide with Doc Murray’s ultras) and loved it, so I personally can’t wait to get started on March 31st
Should you want to try it yourself simply go to http://5×50.co.uk/about-5×50 and sign up, for as little as £5 and see what doing 50 days of physical activity can do for you. And hell, if you do smoke 50 a day, let me know, and I might have a special blog to help you stop. Got some great contributors signed up for future blogs.