Before working with Helen, I was not worthy of self-attributing such a description. I was a bag of nerves with every run, even at the club meets. I was a bit overweight, dissatisfied with my performance as well as my appearance, always at the back of the group, needing to run to the loo before every race, knowing I was not a proper runner and why-oh-why-did-I-even-think-I-was-as-good-as-anybody-else.
After working with Helen I have changed my mindset.
And I’ve changed everything.
I’ve changed the way I think about running, I’ve challenged the demands I place on myself, I’ve understood the consequences of my negative thought processes, I’ve learned to challenge those unhelpful beliefs and better still, practice them on others. I’ve become a better friend and support to my training buddies, a happier runner, a smarter thinker. This has cut across all other aspects of my life too.
As a result, my physique is changing (because I’m more confident with my training), my times are getting better and I’m closer to my goals. I’ve learned that the person I am is quite alright actually. I’ve learned that everyone has a ‘bad day at the office’ now and again. And, although I might not at times be the 10 out of 10 that I’d like, sometimes 8 out of 8 is a sound achievement. Such effective new philosophies have permeated through my daily living.
Before working with Helen, I’d describe myself as a bit of a jogger, and a not-very-good one at that. I’d have been the first person to degrade myself.
My name is Julie, and I am a runner.”