“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde had some marvellous quotations, this is one of my favourites. I sometimes wonder if people question my commitment to this sport. Are the sacrifices that my family and I have had to make being judged and that often leads me to thinking and judging myself for what a selfish sport ultrarunning can be. I’ve been very lucky that people are, at least, writing about me, if not talking! The articles have a few inaccuracies in them, but I am honoured to be back page news in the local (East Lothian Courier) and old local (Lanark Gazette) newspapers.
Wilde also said, “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”. I’ve done a lot of things to excess in my life, many, if not most have been harmful and perhaps some would say running to excess is also harmful. It is the process of training and racing and all that goes with it that makes me truly happy, from a sporting perspective, and for that I provide no apology.
The penultimate Oscar Wilde quote for this blog will be, “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing”.
This blog is about running, in particular my experiences through ultra-running. Be that on the trails, roads or mountains. Each training run, mobility or strength session and every race brings an experience. Each experience doesn’t have to be some enlightened moment, a wondrous event or even a good experience for it to be meaningful or provide knowledge or learning. I have absolutely sunk myself into training this year, more than I have ever done in the past. That includes nutrition, mind-set, mobility, strength work, supplementation and sleep. These have not been carried out in moderation, almost every single day I have committed 100% of the time I allocate to training, to training. This has slipped over into family and business time on occasion, and I have no idea the last time I had a night out, but I’ve had a lifetime of nights out. I have learned a lot, more so in these last 12 months that I have in the last 12 years.
This time next week I’ll be in Croatia getting ready for the race of my life. I’ve had many podium places locally and nationally, but the world 100km championships is a world class athletics event and I have no delusions or pre-conceived ideas of my abilities. I am there as a GB team member and I will run my heart out for the team, for my family and for myself. If I get to the 100km mark and know that I have given everything I possibly can, then it will be a successful event.
“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result” – Oscar Wilde
See you on the other side!