From my So it started that day, no more cold mars bars and coke from the servo, no dim sims for lunch and well pretty much no of everything I was doing! It did however make me realize I needed to start exercising. Runkeeper was an app that I thought I could track and follow my progress to eventually run maybe 5km? So on the 18th of September I did my first “run” which was really more of critical mess….around the block 1.16km with an average pace of….wait for it….. 7.51min/km! flying!
I then progressed to up the road and back with2.79km and improved pace of 7.06. This kept going a few times a week up until December 2011, this was the time I ran my first 5km, around the what I now call my small block run. I did an impressive total of 5.54km with an average pace of 6.36. I was so excited to be able to run, i was a runner! the weight was starting to drop off me and i was feeling better about where i was going.
The competitive Brad got a hold of me fast! I needed to get under 6.30km pace…..I must go faster! To go faster I needed to run more and drop more weight or maybe I just need to try harder? It can be done. It will be done!
So….the next day I did it again! Yep same block but pushed hard, had the Runkeeper app talking to me in my ear giving me my splits and pace to hit sub 6.30pace. man I must have been a sight, fat dude slogging it out like I was some sort of Olympic hopeful, bits wobbling everywhere, sweat pouring off me but with a smile knowing I was going to achieve this! I nailed it…..6.27k av pace with an impressive time of 36.35 for the 5.68k…which also showed me….the satellites can be out.
It now became race around the block and how long it will take and not about minutes per km……
After living a typical lifestyle of drinking, smoking a pack a day on and off over the years since I was in my teens, party’s and an excessive work/business load, life started to catch up with me.
Around the September of 2011 I was invited by my business partner to join her at some group personal training sessions, knowing I could knock off a kg or two I thought it would be a great idea, now admittedly I didn’t really realize how overweight I actually was I had just sort of grown into this new shape I was. This group PT session was a turning point in my life, before I started they took my blood pressure and it was high as she advised me, too high to in fact train me and I would require a doctors clearance to train me! What a load of crap I thought, I didn’t even have a doctor for starters! However off to the family doctor I went to get a clearance written up, again couldn’t see what the fuss was about…..now I don’t remember exactly what it was at the time but my blood pressure was in the 180+ over 120+type areas….or as my doctor nicely put it, ” Brad unless you start today to change your eating and lifestyle habits you will have a massive heart attack by the time you are 40″…..wow I was 38 at the time.
He didn’t give me a clearance that day, but told me some home truths and really put it into perspective for me. I am truly to this day appreciative of him not to sugarcoat it….as Dr Phil would say, ” I would have eaten that too “. For me, high blood pressure mediation was at first embarrassing to admit I was taking, it confirmed what many had probably already knew about myself but had never said anything and for me it was also a shocking reality check of what my life had become.
Now the photo with my dad at the footy was just a typical example of what I now refer to as ” fat Brad ” with some humor about it. Social media is full of Fat Brad to remind me of what not to become again.
I set about doing a number of things from that day.
- Get healthy enough to stop taking medication
- Loose the weight
- Be a better role model for my family
- Be a better business owner for my teams
- Find a way to be happy without the vices that got me in this situation
And so it began……
Welcome to my blog.
This will be a journey through my eyes on what it has been like for the past 6 years to be where I am at today, chasing the 100km Ultra trail running dream.
I hope my honest story of how and why I am now a trail runner will give clarity as to why some people like myself choose this as a dream.
The ride has been full of bumps and challenges….but that’s just life isn’t it?
Hope you enjoy the ride with me.