Saturday, 19 March 2016

It's all about the numbers

How fast?
In this soon-to-be-sealed envelope is my race time prediction for a friend running in her first half marathon tomorrow. 

She’s written and sealed her own magic number too, but I’m willing to bet that my prediction for her is quicker than her own. Her prediction will be biased by nerves and caution and the unknown. 

Mine however is based on the evidence of all the hard training she’s put in over the last few months, the times she’s already run, together with my confidence in her and her competitive spirit. Oh, and the weather forecast tomorrow.

How old?
I was asked this week by a young man if he was too old to run. This morning I took a group running and 2 guys showed up, neither had run since school days, and both were 76 years old. They were awesome, soooo awesome. It’s all about the numbers and these 2 x 76 year old new runners show that at 49, you’re most definitely not too old to take up running.

How much weight?
I also received an email from a lady I’ve been supporting online. Back in September she desperately needed and wanted to lose weight, we sorted out a food plan, and I promised her it worked. How do I know it works? Because this week she emailed to say she’s lost 16kg (that’s about two and a half stone to you and me). It works. No need to take my word for it, look at the numbers.

How many people?
In the last 8 weeks I’ve had the privilege of teaching 21 people how to start running. These 21 people have never run before (well, except for being forced to at some time or another in school, I expect). I know there are 21 of them because I’ve counted them. 21 people who had never run before are now running once or twice a week, and are even talking about signing up for a race event. With the right help and encouragement people want to and can learn to run, to get fit, to feel better. Don’t take my word for it, look at the numbers.

How dry am I?
This is a great number. Today is my 175th dry day, 175 days alcohol-free. Almost made it to 6 months.

How many steps?
10,000 is the number the NHS recommend as your daily step count. My highest so far is 73,512. One of my goals is to pip the 100,000 in a day.

Running lends itself to numbers. What are your goals? Whether it’s a race time, holding back the effects of age, maintaining a healthy weight, celebrating freedom from addiction, or any number of other personal goals, running can help achieve them.

Don’t just take my word for it, look at the numbers J

Come and run with me, it might just change your life.

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