A seven-time marathoner, has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Still find it hard to believe that I have been able to run seven marathons since September 2016. But thinking about it brings a smile to my face.
So my latest marathon took place at the Rock n’Roll Liverpool Marathon on 20 May and by far my toughest marathon for sure. The first 10k wasn’t too bad but even I found it tough going at around the 11 mile mark considering how warm it was that day.
It was around the halfway mark I decided to focus on finishing the race rather than aiming for another Personal Best time. Bearing in mind the weather, it just wasn’t a day to be chasing a PB and I’m glad I held it back pacewise.
Seeing other runners on the floor requiring medical attention and others needing a breather wasn’t nice to see and just emphasised how tough a race it was. Really hope the runners that needed medical attention are all ok.
But there were positives for me knowing that I was able to hydrate myself well during the marathon and it was only until the final mile I began to get leg cramps. The atmosphere once again was brilliant and am very thankful for all the support all us runners received.
I was just grateful to finish the race. But in all honesty I think I can be proud of what I achieved that day. It could have been so easy to give up considering how warm it was. But the fact is I kept going, kept persevering and didn’t throw in the towel. That can only be a positive. Even if it was a slow time (4hrs 40mins), I still completed it and that’s all that matters.
Knowing I was running the marathon for the Albion Foundation was again another proud moment. The Albion Foundation do amazing work to help make a difference to improve local lives using the power of sport and education. My next event is my indoor triathlon which will take place later on this summer and one which actually I’m looking forward to. There is still time for you to donate at: www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel2018wba.
Now a seven-time marathoner, the aim is to carry on running marathons and continue to push myself. The aim now is to also run the six World Majors (London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Boston). It’s not going to be easy and it will be a tough ask. But anything is possible if you are prepared to work hard, show grit and determination.
So why have I been raising money for different charities for the last three/four years? People who know me will know why 2015 was a very difficult year for our family. I’m not going to go into the specifics of what happened but it was a hard year both personally and professionally at work.
Come the end of 2015, it made me appreciate what I have already and you cannot take anything for granted. It also made me realise that life is too short and it only takes one second for something to happen and it changes your life forever.
But I also decided come the end of 2015 that I wasn’t going to carry on in life feeling sorry for myself. It was all about bouncing back and making things better. And I’ve not looked back since.
After what happened to my family in 2015, that spurred me on to want to help make a difference to improve the lives of people who are less fortunate than me in life and raise money for different charities. But it also made me want to inspire people to never give up in life and to never give on your dreams.
And what better way to inspire people through running and fitness. I’ve had many days where I’ve felt pretty down but going for a run and doing fitness helps me to forget my worries and in some ways, running and fitness is my meditation. It makes me happy and most importantly I want to do it. The reason I don’t give up and don’t know when I’m down is down to the fact that my family kept fighting and didn’t give up throughout 2015. That’s where I’ve got my fighting spirit from.
I’m proud to have raised money for Cancer Research and Children in Need from 2015-2017. Two brilliant charities who do incredible work. I get such a positive buzz from running marathons for charity and it really does make me feel proud. Definitely makes me feel good about myself.
I take immense pride in my charity work and by running marathons and raising money for charities; I know this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. And you know what I’m making it happen. I believe in making things happen and I’ve taken steps to help turn my life around. I also believe in helping people and again I’m doing just that.
When you hear family members, friends and people who follow me on social media saying they are proud of what I’m doing and they say I’m inspiring people, I can’t begin to underestimate how it feels hearing that. Just makes my heart warm up and it makes me so happy. All the charity work I’m doing gives me another reason to live and want to live.
Now I’m in a position in life where I’m enjoying my running and fitness more than ever and I’m enjoying my work. I’m proud to work alongside a really inspiring team who really believe in me. And when you have a team who believes in you, it makes one hell of a difference and makes you feel good about yourself. And introducing meditation and yoga into my life has helped me to continue to think positively.
Being 28 and opening up
By all means my life is not perfect and I accept I’m not the most intellectual man out there. But I’m happy and that’s the most important thing. All I want in life is to be happy and I’m not going to be forced/pressured into things I don’t want and don’t want to do in life. I’m not going to live my life just to please people. I’m going to live life on my terms and do it my way.
I’m 28 years-old and actually when I reflect on the last couple of years, they have been real positive years and I can look back on them with fond memories. I’ve got a lot of good things happening for me and it is now all about continuing to build on those positives. A lot of good things that have happened in the last couple of years, is down to the effort, hard work and determination I’ve shown.
But also being a British Asian and now that I’m 28, I am getting people saying to me ‘when are you going to get married?’ But being totally honest and hand on heart, I’m not even thinking about it and I’m not going to be pressured into it.
I’m not going to get married just to please people, I’ll do it because I want to it. And right now I haven’t got the desire and heart to want to tie the knot. For sure it does sound selfish but I’m happy with the way things are going for me and I’m in a happy place in my life right now. At the end of the day I have to do what I feel is right for me. Only you know how you feel and know what you want.
What I’m trying to say is that in life is that when it comes to life changing decisions don’t ever do things just to please people, do it because you want to do it whether that be getting married or moving into a new home. Be 100% sure that what you are doing is the right thing, it is what you want and don’t doubt yourself.
If you want to do something and achieve something in life, put your heart and desire into it and work hard. I know I’ve said this on numerous occasions but anything is possible if you believe in yourself, you are prepared to work hard, show grit/determination and you are prepared to put in the hours.
Don’t ever keep things to yourself and speak out if you have any issues/problems. The day you start keeping things to yourself, the more it will bite you and will kill you inside. Speak to someone you trust maybe a family member or friend. With the right support and right attitude, you can do it and turn things around.
It feels good to open up and be totally honest about my feelings. And in all honesty, writing this blog has helped to lift some weight off my shoulders and get things off my chest.
If I can inspire just one person to come out of their shell and open up to someone they trust about their issues, that would make me really happy. Just be honest with yourself and know what you want from life. Only you can make it happen.