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Running is a lifestyle

I’m lucky enough to have made running a healthy lifestyle. I ran my first marathon in Dunedin whilst I was a medical student in 2003. Since then I’ve averaged 5 marathons a year and have participated in my fair share of Ironman triathlons and ultramarathons. Running has become part of my family, friends, and medical career. I’m thankful for everything running has given me. It has been a privilege traveling around the world meeting other runners whilst experiencing different terrains and scenery. When I became a specialist Sport & Exercise Physician, I realised that I had to be a better exercise advocate. “Exercise is medicine” is an increasingly popular phrase amongst medical exercise enthusiasts. It is arguably the best medicine for the prevention of chronic disease. However, this is often overlooked by people today. People as a whole have become more sedentary. They want to be comfortable (all of the time). I want to share with you that running can be a healthy lifestyle choice. That ‘sweat’ is the new currency of health.

The hardest part is getting to the start line

After each event I participate in, I’ll write a short running blog. I hope along the way that I may inspire you to get to the start line. When you first start running, everyone is obsessed with the finish line. Which is fine initially. The finish line is a fantastic achievement and gives a great feeling. However, if you want to make running a lifestyle, you must above everything make getting to the start line a top priority. In the busy world we live in, you’ll soon realise that getting to the start line is the hardest thing!

Before my first blog, I’ll share one of my running secrets with you. There is something even more powerful than the finish line. Even more satisfying than getting to the start line. You must self prescribe this medicine. This is the magical feeling at some point during the race, when “I can” becomes “I will”. It is very powerful. It makes you a better person.

2019 Running Schedule

This year is a big running year! The highlights being the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run, IRONMAN New Zealand (35th anniversary), the Transalpine Run (272km over eight days via four countries in Europe), and the inaugural 4 Paws Marathon which I hope to run with my two dogs in September 2019. I look forward to sharing my running experiences with you.

09-10 February – Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run

02 March – IRONMAN New Zealand

11 May – South Island Ultramarathon (54km)

02 June – Christchurch Marathon

08 June – Mt Difficulty Extreme Marathon

13 July – WUU-2K Marathon

31 Aug – 07 Sep – Transalpine Run 2019 (272.7km over 8 days)

22 September – 4 Paws Marathon

13 October – Crater Rim Ultra 52km

09 November – Valley Ultra 57km

Family, friends, dogs

38 km into the Dubbo Stampede Marathon with my 2 running dogs Summer & Walter.

I’ve run a few kilometres with these boys, Dr Andrew Stanley (centre) & Flight Lieutenant Jim Sheehan (right).

Millie’s first half marathon at 14 months of age (pushed in her Bugaboo Runner by my wife Courtney).

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