Why I’m Running Marathons

This month, aside from running my business, coaching my team and spending time with my family, I ran a marathon and I’ve 3 more to go before Christmas. I know what you’re thinking, why? Well let me tell you.

As you can imagine, I don’t have a lot of free time. Building a strong, successful and stable company takes a lot of hours, dedication and determination so the majority of my days are spent entirely focusing on taking my business to the next level. This encompasses all sorts, including but not limited to: training my team, interviewing potentially new team members, coaching individual staff members, meeting with external bodies, tracking the sales and lead generation processes, planning weeks ahead, goal setting… I could go on all day but I won’t, don’t worry. The point I’m trying to make is that my to-do list never ends when it comes to my working life.

Naturally, the spare time I do have I spend with my family – my beautiful wife and my two young children. However, recently I decided to make a change and I’ve got to be honest, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time – for me, anyway.

Before starting my business in 2012, I had worked in several different roles within the sales and marketing industry but before that, believe it or not, I was a professional cyclist. You read that right! I used to love the competition when it came to challenging myself and others but obviously, since getting stuck into the corporate world and growing my company, as well as starting my family, my love for sport was set to one side. Now that I look back, yes it was the right decision at the time but not in the long run. I know this now I’m back into it.

There came a point recently where I felt like I needed an outlet. As a business owner, you can imagine that I’m naturally competitive and thrive off being the best – it’s the same with sport. However, as a change, I decided to take up running. I began with short distance and slowly worked my way up to long distance, and I’m making time for it. I’m still ensuring that my company is working to maximum capacity, I’m still spending a lot of quality time with my  family, but in between, I’m running and I love it.

When you spend most of your day doing 101 things, sometimes you need time to reflect but time to switch off too. I’ve found running is a great time for me to wind down from working and clear my mind. At the same time, I am pushing myself to exceed goals when I’m training, just like I do in the office.

Last week, I went to Oslo (and took my father along too!) and a ran a marathon. Something I’d never done before, nor really every thought I would, but I did. I set a goal, I said I’d do it, and I did. I plan to do up to 5 more before Christmas, and I’ve said I’ll do it, an I will. Sport is no different from business: you work hard, you train, you struggle  but you keep going and you never lose sight of your goal.