We all have genetic limits on how far we can progress as athletes but very few of us will ever get close to ours. We are all capable of so much more then we might believe and the key to reaching your own potential is to understand how you can go about unlocking it.
Running a marathon is often considered as one of the most gruelling challenges that people might undertake in their lives. Finishing a marathon is a hugely satisfying achievement but this satisfaction does not only come from the race its self, but also from the culmination of months of training that went into achieving this goal.
Paramount to all of this is having the necessary motivation to strive towards your goals. The key to staying motivated for the duration of your training is to break your target down into achievable short term segments, retaining a positive mindset and embracing the challenge head on.
Motivation played a decisive part over the course of my marathon running documentary 'Running to the Limits'. It was not only the training that I needed to stay motivated for but also to produce a highly unpredictable documentary over a 3 years period.
I've recently given talks about motivation at the Nike store in Shoreditch to a group of runners who needed to reach the next level in their training. We went for a short run and then I told them about my experiences. I also spoke at the South West Adventure Film Festival to an audience of climbers who could relate to the same challenges of training and competition.
At the end of October 2009 I introduced the premiere of the 'Running to the Limits' documentary at the 310 seater Curzon Cinema and took a Q&A session afterwards with Ben Moreau and George Olver. Since the premiere i've given a number of talks/screenings to school children aged 12-18 and joint hosted an evening wth British Beijing Olmypic marathon runner Liz Yelling at a screening in Poole and gave a talk/screening to a number of running clubs in Halifax. In the last few months I have talked at Wellington College and the sales team at Servier pharmaceuticals and have recently been invited to talk at the end of the year to LOCOG about the documentary's 'personal best' theme.
Over the next few months I have numerous talks planned at schools, clubs, film festivals and companies.
In the future I will be working with schools to develop lesson plans with the aim to help encourage school children to reach their goals and motivate themselves through getting active.
If you would like to book a screening using a shorter version of the documentary and/or a talk about the project, discuss the support I provide schools or anything to do with motivation! - please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org