This blog post is a tribute to the amazing people that inspire me to run. Like with anything in life, a good role model can work wonders. My running superheroes aren’t necessarily the world elite. They’re normal people doing extraordinary things and inspiring me to be that little bit better.
If you haven’t read Just A Little Run Around The World then you need to buy and read it immediately! It’s possibly the most inspiring book I’ve ever read and left me both completely in awe of Rosie’s achievement but also completely inspired to follow my own dreams, however crazy they may seem. In 2003, aged 57, Rosie set off on a 5- year around the world run with no support crew and minimal supplies. Her story is unbelievable and I often find myself thinking of her when I’m struggling with my own training. There’s nothing like comparing my training to the challenges she faced along the way to put things into perspective. It’s made me think about a few epic challenges I could take on myself, but they are still very much under wraps!
Alistair Howitt, aka my Dad.
I’m unbelievably lucky to have a Dad that inspires me in pretty much every area of my life. He’s been running for over 10 years now and rarely seems to lose enthusiasm for his hobby. He’s stubborn and has a steely determination. He’ll rarely walk up a hill and I don’t think he’s ever stopped in a race. This year, he ran the Paris Marathon and I was the proudest daughter on the planet. I hope with all my heart that I’ll still be running marathons at 60! If you missed it, check out my Paris Marathon Vlog here.
My ultra running buddy, Becs
Last year I ran the Cotswold Way Challenge with one of my best friends, Becs and absolutely could not have done it without her. Becs is an amazing runner (she casually ran Manchester marathon in 3.20) and has the most positive outlook on life and running. She’s incredibly humble and rarely mentions her achievements unless you ask her. When I started running at University she was already out there running half marathons at super- fast speed. I remember being completely in awe of her and asking her advice on how to get faster. She told me to just keep running and I’d gradually improve- she was right! I’m so sorry to be missing your hen do the weekend Becs- have a fab time!
Bex talked about Chrissy in her Journey To Ironman Triathlon post, where she mentioned her inspirational book Life Without Limits. Chrissy was essentially a normal person growing up, but discovered in her early twenties that she had a huge talent for running, and then triathlon. Her story is raw and emotional and illustrates how strong the human mind is when taking on the impossible. She’s the most incredible role model and I know I’ll use her as inspiration when I’m struggling through the last few miles of the Santa Rosa Marathon!
How are your running role models?