Just keep going!

Some of you will know that I enjoy running.

At the moment, a young woman called Anna McNuff is running 100 marathons (that’s 2,620 miles!) completely barefoot. Her Barefoot Britain challenge began in the far north of the Shetland Islands in June and will end in London in November. More information can be found using her tracker, YouTube updates and Facebook page. I wish her all success with this, and with her associated goal of inspiring girls and women to think beyond their limits and attempt new things in life.

Hopefully Anna won’t mind the fact that I’ve lifted the post below from her Facebook page but it really struck a cord. On the face of it, it is an amusing update on one of her runs. But that last paragraph…. ‘No one ever tells the story about the time it all went to plan you know. That’s a very dull tale.’

That’s so true, and often never more so than when working for yourself. We need to embrace all of the myriad of things that don’t go to plan, then reassess, learn and re-scope the plan so that we are always going forward. And have fun doing so. It’s just life. Make sure that you just keep going.

And if you see Anna on the road give her a hearty yell of encouragement!


— Facebook update by Anna McNuff, 30 June 2019

Northumberland is so Greeeen! And yellow and all of the colours in between. 🙌🏻 🌳 🌾 One thing I love about this run is that I get to discover long distance trails I never knew existed.
So I did a little stint on St Cuthbert’s Way – which meanders for 62 miles from Melrose in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 to Holy Island, off the English 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 coast.
I took a turn off from the road onto the Way, and passed a couple of families hiking the length of it. We smiled at one another as they glanced awkwardly at my feet 🦶🏻🥴 and on I went.
I then took this marvellous photo in which I look glorious and adventuresome 💪🏻
I then realised I had run COMPLETELY the wrong way on the trail 🤦🏼‍♀️
So I had to turn around and look not—so-adventuresome in the opposite direction… and run past the families again some 45 minutes later 🤫
I thought for a moment about shrugging it off, of disguising the fact that I was a total fool. But I fessed up. And they laughed. 😂 Because goodness knows I make mistakes ALL THE TIME. And that’s totally cool.
No one ever tells the story about the time it all went to plan you know. That’s a very dull tale.