Be Incredible

Be Incredible

That my marriage has lasted this long is an utter mystery to me. There are at least fifty projects in our house I have started in the last three or four years, and I am still working on at least half of them. It must drive my wife mad. I could blame this on bipolar, but I don’t like to blame anything on that. I just take on too many things at the same time. To me it is clear that my problem is blind optimism. If you were to ask my wife, she might say that I have too high an expectation of what I can complete in any given period of time, or that I vastly overestimate my abilities.

I sometimes humour my wife in order to avoid an untimely death. See Facebook post below from 2000:

In attempting The London Marathon, two 50k races, two 50 mile races and two 100 mile races next year I have to admit that I am a little short of optimistic, but not entirely and blindly so. My wife is completely correct in that I take on too many things at the same time, but overestimating my abilities? How will I ever know that until I push myself to the limit? I am not planning on failing.

I have already gone from wheezing my way around a 10k course in 2022, to completing The Thames Path 100k and a very testing 50 mile trail/bog/forest run along the Weavers Way in Norfolk. That took some doing. So why can’t I aim bigger and better still? I’m not going to be Rich Roll or Dean Karnazes – that would be ridiculous. I am not even aiming for James Dunn – no way I could walk along the ledges in the UTMB (I froze on the ledge at the top of Vallée Blanche years ago, and I don’t think I’ve changed!). But I am looking for something that most people wouldn’t dream of – and that is being absolutely incredible. 

I randomly remembered the other day about my mate Seamus Hogan doing the Polar Challenge about 20 years ago for a BBC series called The Challenge, and on the selection weekend he was asked the question:




Interviewer: “So, glass half full man, or glass half empty?”
Seamus: “Glass is always half full,” 
Interviewer: “Why?”
Seamus: “Huh?”
Interviewer: “Why?”
Seamus: “Because it’s much more interesting that way isn’t it . Why be half empty, when you can be half full”

Now, my memory often shocks people as I remember the most obscure of things, and I could remember the bit in the show about the selection weekend and something about glass half full, but I couldn’t remember the exact words, fortunately he had posted the show up on youtube 😂 Check it out. He’s a nutter.

Although I have to push myself, these days I’m a glass half full man. Why wouldn’t you be? Why not take on these races?

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

Jack Kerouac

The above. That’s me over the next year.

I have a cough and a cold right now, so I’m delaying my start, but from 10th November I am going to go at it hard for a year. My races at the start of the year are practice runs, but I am aiming to finish before the cut off on the North Downs Way 100 (quite some task) and to smash Wendover in 12 hrs 30 minutes on my 54th birthday on 9th November 2024.

For once I am going to believe in myself. Bring it on.

Scully

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  1. Good luck with it Paul. You’re a very inspiring person. You’ve embraced the challenges you’ve faced with great positivity. Go fill that glass till it runs over. Enjoy the journey. 💪

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