Don’t just listen, Do It!

Don’t just listen, Do It!

Change Your Life


Since I injured myself in May 2016 whilst running a Marathon, I’ve been struggling with the same injury. After working with an Osteopath and a Sports clinic I improved slightly but the pain resurfaced. It’s not that I didn’t get the correct advice, it’s that I didn’t keep up with the prescription of daily action.  My dream of running the 2018 London Marathon in a ‘Good for Age’ category time slowly disappeared. This made me kind of miserable,  but also triggered me to have another attempt to set the record straight.

I found a Massage Therapist*, with a ‘No Hands Massage approach’ who independently discovered the same issue and got to work on it. I also went back on a 100 miles trip to revisit the Injury clinic who diagnosed the damage at first. The culprit was again identified as my running style, but this time whilst out for a run with the Running Coach I had the magic Light bulb moment.

Guess what? I embraced the recommendation of changing my running intervals, created a running mantra and returned to the road. For 3 weeks I talked to myself during running, ‘ Relax your Ankles, Bent your Knees, Relax your body, Go with the flow ‘ and dare I say I’m gliding along the highways and bye-ways in a newly revived fashion, achieving much better interval times with and restored Hope that I have more than enough to reach  my goal.

A conclusion of the matter.  I had to re-visit my own saying that it’s ‘Never too late to Fix it’. And I also had to accept that I had to let go of my way of doing things. The  Mantra I created helped me to change my lenses, the way I looked at the apparent mountain and slowly and surely the mountains are coming down.

Most of you know that I use the Run Walk Run method by Jeff Galloway, using a 40sec/20sec interval. The first 2 weeks I changed to 5 min/1 min and now I’m using 11 min/1 min. My average pace over 1k is now 6:48 minutes, Hills, Traffic lights and avoiding pedestrians inclusive.

On Tuesday I found the best Interval method for myself.  Run 2k – Walk 1minute. My fastest 10k for a long time at an average pace of 6.14km , even though I attribute the increase of pace to less traffic on the road, enabling me to run without stopping too often.

kent-road-runnersMore than enough to run my qualifying time of under 5 hours in May.  All I need to do now is to maintain what I attained, stick to the training schedule and just run. That’s the big secret in life.

whenever you take up a challenge, just stick to it, whether it’s hail rain or in sunshine.

Get in touch if you want to know more about TRANSFORM U, a new way to reclaim your ultimate health. Easy to do!


References: Claire Skeete at  Touch for Wellbeing

Ian Lewis Davis at The Fitness Clinic

Kent Road Runners.

What has the threading of a sewing machine needle got to do with my mindset?

What has the threading of a sewing machine needle got to do with my mindset?

Change Your Life

Coming off a slow meltdown weekend where I seriously questioned my apparent inability to move forwards. Activities which I used to enjoy as a balance to my Business endeavours have kind of derailed me.

Frustration set in when I literally spent all night until 5am in the morning to complete a once intermediate level assignment to screw it all up yet again.

So when I got up a few hours later I refused to go back to the same activity and spent the day differently. Normally I would have gone for a run, but due to a lingering slight cough I chose the next best thing. Alterations to the clothes I plan to take with me to Singapore in December as it’s the middle of summer there. I promised to deal with one item per day.

What happened next threw me off track and challenged me to re-think and make some changes. Not even the needle threader was good enough for me push the thread through the hole. Complete Idiots guide of how to thread a sewing machine needle did not help.

I conceded defeat for the day and packed it up.  Being me, this incident  got me in ‘Thinking overdrive’ which slowly melted down into some sweet revelation. At 65+ I live in a time where we as a generation are slowly overlooked as the demands of a 21st century thinking are too fast and furious for us. So instead of looking into ‘How can I overcome this’ we’ll pack it up and resign ourselves to a life of ‘I can’t do this anymore’

I am a Boomer and coming from the old time school of thought, I also enjoy the status of ‘Oma will fix it’ in my family. I fixed things all my life and I don’t just mean fixed things, I applied on a regular pattern Lifestyle Changes so that I could move forward.

Conventional wisdom says that when something is worn out we discard it. It’s simply too used up and too rundown.  It will never be what it once was. But there’s a different school of thought, a better school of thought with this simple two word counter-argument to that conventional wisdom.  FIX IT! 

Nothing is ever too worn, too  run down or too long gone.  You get the tools and skills you need to fix it, to go from old to  good as new and even better. It may take another reason, a new perspective but it’s never too late to be in the Prime of your Life.

How did I fix it? I realised that the natural light was inadequate, a missing light bulb did not help and starting with a black item was definitely not a good beginning. In a nutshell my timing for the task was wrong. Yesterday I my response to the dilemma was perfect. I waited for mid morning when the sun was shining and finished 2 garments, the black one to go first. And the needle Threader worked perfectly.

The moral of the story, go with the flow, don’t expect or compare outcomes to be the same you had 20 or 30 years ago. Re-invent yourself on a daily basis, make sure you change some habits so that you can enjoy your season and the fruits of your labour. The only competition you have is with yourself. And you have done pretty well so far, the best is yet to come.