Life – It’s a marathon, not a sprint!
How many times have you heard it? But do you LIVE like it?
And if you do, are you RUNNING YOUR OWN RACE?
I’m not one for athletics! Boom. I’ve said it! Yes – I was in The Games years ago and loved every second of it, but I’m generally not that into watching athletics. Aside from the FANFARE moments, of course!
Super Saturday at the 2012 Olympics – I was ALL IN and on my feet along with the rest of Britain as Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farrah did their thing. And WOW it felt good!
Likewise, at the start of the summer, we were glued to the TV for the World Championships and sat with the kids and the rest of the country/world to watch THAT Mo Farrah race. We knew it would be epic!
And it was! In ways I hadn’t anticipated.
If you didn’t see the race – it was the 10,000 metres and Mo was going for his last big win of his career. It was back in the London Stadium of that 2012 night and the anticipation of glory was palpable.
But they set off and Mo was WAY back in the field. Lap after lap went by and he didn’t seem to move much from his spot in 6th/7th place, I almost couldn’t bear to watch. He nearly fell twice in the last couple of laps and then, on the home straight, he powered away in his trademark style, leaving everyone else in his wake to take the title!
And it was SUCH an incredible lesson in running your own race and not worrying about the rest of the field. If he’d allowed those around him to mess with his head, the outcome would have been totally different. But he knew his style – running at his own pace until that final straight and then, BOOM!
With kids back to school this week and normal life resuming after the wonderful summer holidays, it’s super exciting to be able to “get back on it” but it’s SO important to be living your own life. There are so many different women around us all – whether it’s in the playground or in your place or work – it’s all about being in your own power and being true to yourself. With the added pressure of the (un)reality of social media broadcasting every single element of people’s lives, it’s easier than ever to compare yourself constantly to those around you. And it’s not healthy. See those feeds for what they are – people broadcasting the bits they want to. Whether it’s the fashionistas, the “I’m a crap mum”, the “I’m a perfect mum”, the “I’ve got it all together”, the “My life is a disaster”, the “I’m over achieving at life” – whatever the feed, each one is every bit as thought through as the next. That’s how it works. So don’t compare!
We’re all different.
And we’re all running this life race differently!
The only thing that IS important is RUNNING YOUR OWN RACE and being TRUE TO YOU!
That’s it! Don’t feel the pressure to keep up. Don’t feel the pressure to conform. Live life YOUR WAY!
And you know in your gut what’s right.
I left my job on Heart Breakfast in July to be with my family. We’ve had the most amazing summer of hanging out and re-connecting and I knew, with my eldest starting secondary school, I needed to be around in the mornings more. And it was totally the right decision. I’ve started September feeling excited about life and looking to everything that’s ahead in the future.
And this week I’ve passed up lots of launches and work events to be with my gang and get them in the right zone – feeling fully supported in the Back To School thing. And, for me, it was the right choice.
So I just wanted to encourage you to run your own race. Be YOU! Live life YOUR way. And focus on your own end goal and quit worrying about what everyone around you is doing! They’re not running your race.