If there was a magic wand that could make people fitter instantly, who wouldn’t want to wield it? But this isn’t reality. Even though we all want to improve our fitness, many common barriers stand in the way; ageing, illness, unfitness, busyness, tiredness and fear.
Run Through Barriers analyses these obstacles to uncover why we’ve been conditioned to believe these things should stop us from exercising. It then challenges these beliefs with truths by using real-life examples of people who have overcome many obstacles to transform their health through running.
There’s Eileen Noble, one of Britain’s oldest female marathoners, who only took up running at the age of 50. We have Roger Wright, who has battled obesity to rack up over 66 marathons in 11 years. And we hear from Ais North, who, despite being in her 70s, hasn’t let heart attacks and cancer stand in the way of her ultramarathon ambitions. There’s advice from busy mother Delores Durko on finding time in crammed schedules for fitness and an emotional account of how Marlene Lowe has taken on M.E. and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to realise her fitness goals. The author also shares his own story about how running has helped him manage severe anxiety and regain his fitness.
Through these and many more accounts, you’ll discover that no obstacle to running is too big to be overcome.
The first part of the book explores simple methods that you can use to challenge, remove and replace common barriers to running with positive actions and make exercise a sustainable part of your busy life.
The second part of the book is focused on training the body with comprehensive running plans that will take you from a complete beginner to achieving your personal running goals. There are week-by-week plans that cover 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. And there are also more advanced plans for both the 10k and half marathon distances.
The aim of this book is to fuel you with the inspiration you need to get started, and then arm you with the knowledge you need to put it into practice.
Clint describes himself as an ordinary runner who wants to share the extraordinary benefits that running can bring to people's health. He has been a keen amateur runner for over a decade. In that time, he has experienced the many positive changes that running has brought to his own physical and mental health and has been inspired by the stories of how it has helped other people. He is a qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor and is currently completing his Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications.