This is our first interview in a series of motivational chats with some people I have had the pleasure to work with. Have a listen to what David has to say about getting started.
1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do, where you’re from and your level of activity before you contacted YPT.
49 year old male construction manager from North West England living in Paris since 2006.
I grew up in a non-urban area and was outside most of the time, worked weekend jobs, played sports and was in the scouts. From being active and healthy from an early age I remained pretty much this way until say, 10 years ago. Little by little my career had encroached on my spare time to a point where I had stopped exercising, coupled with at times a stressful job I reached a point where I needed to act and made contact through a friendâ€™s recommendation with YPT.
2. Could you tell me a little bit about how you thought a personal trainer might help you?
I needed a kick start. I wanted to get fitter than I knew I could off my steam and that it would be too difficult to achieve this without help. I also looked upon it as an opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into how to maintain my fitness independently without resorting to the constraints of fitness classes.
3.What were your initial thoughts when running was suggested as part of your plan alongside weight training and flexibility?
Running is something I never enjoyed and neither did I believe I ever would. Who likes being out of breath! I now know why, I was starting off too quickly, as simple as that. The idea of learning to run did appeal to my pragmatic side, itâ€™s free and the only constraint is you, and sometimes the weather.
4.Tell us, how far was your first run and can you remember what your thoughts were afterwards?
My first run was 5km and consisted of running and walking. I enjoyed it; physically I felt OK I wasnâ€™t (that) out of breath, mentally I felt fantastic. I liked the sensation that my heart and lungs had worked hard and I could feel blood and oxygen pumping. It was a sensation I had not had in a while and it left me saying â€˜Yeah, I like this and I want to do it againâ€™.
5. Would you say that running has taught you anything about yourself and if so what?
Running has taught me that I like running. Why? I always feel better than I did before the run.
Our brains can issue stubborn instructions to our bodies to resist physical exertion. I never realised how powerful the brain is and how difficult it can be to control.
6. What has been your running high point to date?
My first 10km race in October 2011, my first PB and my first medal.
7. You mentioned earlier that you had a weight training program also, how do you think this helped you if at all?
The weight-training I do is largely associated with muscles used for running. It has made me stronger for sure and helped in toning my body and addressing a natural slouchy type of posture.
8. What, does running/fitness mean to you today and what kind of impact if any would you say it’s had?
It is something which I simply enjoy doing and has introduced some discipline into my life with regard to eating and drinking the right things at the right time.
Running is now integrated into my life at a fundamental level it requires no motivation and the bonus is that healthy eating and drinking habits just fall into place without any effort.
9. Any running fitness ambitions for the future?
I have just started running again after the very unfunny slipping on a banana skin trick. After 3 months out I am building up slowly and really just want to get where I was before the accident and then we will see. A 10km below 50 minutes and a 20km below 1 hour 50 would make me very happy.
10. What advice would you give to anyone considering doing the same thing?
Start off slow and acclimatise your body and mind, the first fifteen or so minutes are critical. Not in the mood, donâ€™t procrastinate put your gear on and get out there, you can always go back home if you are not having fun, I guarantee this will happen rarely.
Smile, you are doing something good!
Thanks to David Greatorex for sharing this story.
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