A Little Bit About Me and How I Became Invested In Helping Others
MY MISSION: To help everyone live with easier movement, less pain & more enjoyment. Finding solutions to problems and keeping things fun & exciting throughout training. Achieving desired goals and promoting new experiences in life. To facilitate change.
In 2006, while I was in Afghanistan, I registered my interest in a race called the Marathon Des Sables. It’s a 150 mile self supported foot race through the Sahara Desert. I’d seen a programme about it and I liked the idea of the adventure and, also, the physical challenge. Such was the waiting list; it would be a while until I heard from the organisers.
So, forward to 2010 and I’m back in Afghanistan. After being out in a location all night, stepping over a roadside bomb that we didn’t know was there, unfortunately, the following morning a team member set it off and was killed instantly. There were a few other injuries but that was from shrapnel and bleeding in the ears caused by the blast. The young man killed had left behind a wife and a newborn baby.
A month later, I was back home on leave and I happened to get a call from the organisers of the Marathon Des Sables, offering me a place on the next race. As I wouldn’t be back until just before it, I was able to defer and postpone my entry to the following year.
While I was away, I read two books that would leave an impression on me.
One was Born To Run – by Chris McDougal and the other was Jungle Soldier – about a second world war hero called Freddie Spencer Chapman, a man that constantly pushed his physical and mental abilities and became an inspiration to me.
I gave up drinking and smoking and trained for the next 10 months until the race. I scraped money together to pay for the race and necessary equipment. I had a little help from friends and then campaigned for sponsorship to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund, a charity I knew would support the family of the colleague killed and many others like them.
In 2012, I ran 153 miles through the Sahara Desert in 43 hours and 40 minutes, over six stages. Since then, I’ve learned more about the body, movement, efficiency and recovery. I use these techniques myself and with clients for running being more mobile and enhancing daily life. It’s challenging but I think challenges are there to keep life interesting. If there was no challenge, it would be pretty boring.
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