Happy Sunday!

It's official – I will be running the 2021 London Marathon!!! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

As a London boy, there's no better way to kicking off my marathon journey than running my home marathon – and I couldn't be more excited.

I will be running for Prostate Cancer Research, a charity near and dear to my heart and will be hoping to raise several thousand pounds for the charity. You can follow my entire journey on Strava, right from my initial training session to the finish line on race day in October.

At first glance, running a marathon appears to be a monumental challenge. But as they say, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Even though I've never run a marathon before, I'm confident that I will do just fine by building a Β consistent training schedule and trusting the process. After all, millions of people seem to run marathons successfully each year.

So why am I telling you all that I am running a marathon?

By making a public statement, it's going to keep me accountable. Kowing that people will be expecting me to run the marathon and raise several thousand pounds for charity will push me to keep training when the going gets tough. As I work incredibly long hours, it means that I'm going to have to get up super early to train. Even though I naturally wake up between 5:00 and 5:30, to keep a consistent training schedule will mean that I need to be out of bed by 4:30 each morning for a full training session before work. Building this habit will require a different level of discipline, which I know will be extremely difficult at times. It's why I need help from you all as my accountability partners, which is why I am making my intention public.

I know some of you do not build exercise into your day to day activities. You may be wishing that you lead a more active lifestyle, but don't seem to find the time or motivation to build a regular exercise habit. Let my public statement be a catalyst to help you get outdoors to begin exercising regularly. I won't bore you with all the science behind why exercise is beneficial for our physical and mental health – but remember that this is even more important while we're all stuck in lockdown.

Have you run a marathon before? Are there any tips that you're can share to help me step up my training? And if you're not a runner, but would like to get started on your journey (including someone to keep you accountable), let me know and we can train together virtually.

Have an awesome week ahead,

This Week's Wisdom

"Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."

– Phil Knight, Shoe Dog

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