It's a marathon not a sprint
On the release of our 2nd training post by Sarah Eriksson @simplifythegetgoing we're talking about endurance, and I mean serious endurance! Not 10, 20, 40 or 50km but someone who has done a 100km race, the Transgrancanaria. Now there are many people that say long distance is boring, it has nothing on the 100 or 200m and maybe from a spectators point of view that is true to some people. But there is at least 2 sides to every story and the other side is how many long distance events are there all over the world compared to short distances? I don't know the exact figures but there is something that draws us to long distance running, or should I say long distance events; marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, iron-mans, bike tours across Europe, swim-runs, even cross-fit is a test of strength-endurance, you name it, as long as it's long we love it. So why is that?
I have a theory. Nothing scientific, just a pontification. Like life, endurance races aren't necessarily about winning, they're about surviving. It's about us exhibiting all those traits, commitment, resilience, fortitude, stubbornness, determination, perseverance etc. that we need in life to succeed. And if we are talking about success in life in pure scientific terms then it's passing on your genetic code with someone else who has good genetic code, outside of your immediate family, or not so immediate family. Best to just keep the genetic code sharing well outside of the family! Anyway I digress, it's not about 1st, 2nd or 3rd. It's about surviving, you survive then you win. Probably best for me to leave it to Sarah to explain,
" I write headlines and go for them. I am resilient, determined and have learned how to adapt. I have encountered major challenges in life and managed every curveball thrown my way. I believe in dancing with the moves and rolling with the punches but still keep moving forward. I turn obstacles into opportunities and my energy ignites, motivates and inspires, this is my biggest asset. I believe it is about the journey, not the destination and that you are up to you. I believe in knowing what your drive is and feeding that. Creating your own contentment and that it's about moments not things. I believe in passion and navigating through the highs and lows while managing obstacles. I believe it is about deep relationships and the most important one is with ourselves. I believe in not getting intimidated by fears and living life with a positive mindset. I believe in you."
And there you have it, if you can't feel the passion coming through that paragraph from Sarah then you probably can't read. You can check out Sarah's post @ouryuhme on instagram and you can get 15% off the Yuhme Endurance bottle by using the code 'simplify15'. Go get yourselves the World's most eco-friendly, reusable water bottle with a purpose and follow Sarah's top tips to get yourself in shape for that first marathon, triathlon or fun run. It's inevitable.