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‘How do you break Running the World down into manageable chunks?’

The aim of this blog is to share my journey as I Run the World, from the initial idea, on June 25th 2017, to the completion of the my circumnavigation of the globe. I had this great vision of running around the world, and I knew I would need to run at least 16, 300 miles over 4 continents, crossing all lines of longitude. But a vision without short and medium term goals backed up by an action plan doesn’t get you very far.

I’m renowned for saying ‘Its quite simple really’’. It sometimes frustrates others, but I instinctively break down what may appear a major problem into what I consider to be manageable chunks. This applies to both business or personal challenges, and the chunks will often morph into different shaped chunks, but that doesn’t matter – the main point is we can take one step forwards because we are not overwhelmed by what appeared to be an insurmountable problem.

Well five months on and my approach to Run the World has changed a few times. It will continue to evolve, as my knowledge and confidence increase and I become more clear about my capability; likes and dislikes.

What have I done so far?

I’ve completed my ‘Proof of Concept’ – Run to Work, Schippol, Amsterdam, Netherlands to Essen, Germany with positive results which has helped me refine my strategy!

1 – Do I actually enjoy running alone for long periods of time, getting up day after day and to run when fatigued, in pain and in bad weather ? Tick 😀 But not tarmac please!

2 – Can I navigate sufficiently to travel solo across whole countries ? Tick 😀 But I need to keep it simple!

3 – Will I cope with the mental challenge of organising basics like food and lodging myself when exhausted ? Tick 😀 Yes, but don’t make it harder than it needs to be!

4 – Am I fit enough to run for long distances without major injuries and will I be able to manage injuries whilst on a run? Tick 😀 Yes, but have a trusted friend on hand.

My long term goal remains: To be the Fastest Granny to Run the World!

I’m going to prove to myself anything is possible. That with focus I can continue to work, manage my family and granny commitments and, achieve my dreams.

I now KNOW I can do this, I have no doubts whatsoever ! My Run the World began on Friday 20th October, 2017 when I stood in the rain outside the Best Western Amsterdam Airport Hotel and started running to work. I arrived there, in Essen, 233km and 5 days later.

My Medium Term Goal: To Run Across Europe in my 50th Year!

I’m 50 this coming May and by the end of the year I will have run across Europe along the European long distance walking paths. My dream would be to go to the northern most tip of Norway, but I’ve been deep in planning and I have to consider a lot of factors. I now realise I may need to go South or South West so that I can make progress over the in winter months. I need to enjoy the short and medium term goals but to achieve my long term goal I have to stay focused. I have over 2000 km to get through in 2018 and cannot afford not to make progress in winter if I want to enjoy the countries I run through.

My Short Term Goal: Finalise 2018 Plan

Decide this month whether its North or South, then in December run around 150k from Essen to join the long Long Distance Walking Route in Germany, ready for 2018.

Focus on flexibility and specific training with back pack as well as practicalities like funds, PR, sponsorship, my charity for 2018.

Most importantly I am going to enjoy my Run the World – run in the most beautiful places, enjoying nature, understanding different cultures and meeting people as I go. A real focus for me was, and is on community, to engage with and feel part of the communities that I run through, and hopefully sometimes with.

Happy Running, Granny Tish

I'd love to hear about your running adventures, 1 mile or 100 miles!

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