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TEDx Talk – Commit Before You Leap

Last month I was honoured to give my first TEDx Talk in Athens for TEDxAcademy. I spoke for about 300 young people of 19-23 and a plenty of older ones. The theme for the day was Dare to Dream – a wonderful topic sorely missing in today’s society. You too can dare to dream here:

Video TEDx Alexandra Panayotou – Commit Before You Leap

Beyond Running – One Year Later

Yesterday was exactly one year since I finished Running4Her, my 400 km solo charity run and educational project, finalising an eight year extreme endurance running career, comprising of thirteen such challenges, all of which I achieved.

Though I had announced publicly that Running4Her was to be my final solo extreme endurance challenge, few people believed me. Running has changed my life, it brought me from success to failure in much more than sports.  Though a wonderful and enriching sport, it can also be an obsessive one, and I wasn’t going to fall into this trap. I ran what I needed to run, my current business developed from my running as well as my studies in psychology and philosophy, and I changed my life, it was now time to dedicate myself largely towards this work – to help others change their lives, professionally or personally. My development, speaking, and writing work is too important for me to dedicate such extreme effort and time to running, and anyway, I didn’t want to continue – it was time to go beyond running.

I have spent this last year focussing purely on my motivational speaking, my professional and personal development programmes and retreats, and on writing my second book “Small Steps towards Excellence”. I have given talks and programmes here in Spain and in Greece, have given my first TEDx Talk, and have held numerous development retreats here in Spain for clients both from Spain and from abroad.

I have launched a women’s group here in Barcelona “BCN Women” and am currently launching my new Essential Transformation programs for 2016 where we work on personal transformation via exercise. I am launching a charity project “Tolerance Without Boarders”, and developing and major educational project. The Documentary of the Challenge “Catching Up with Alex” is currently in its post production and fundraising stage.

When asked why I don’t want to run any more extreme solo challenges, what else can I reply except that I have moved beyond running…I still run – for fun and health now – and I am still developing charity projects, and as for my own challenges? Each day presents exciting new projects and challenges.

My thirteen challenges remain permanently engraved in my mind and in my heart, as do all the amazing people who participated and supported them. Thanks to Frank and every single person involved in all of them!

R4H: Catching Up With Alex Trailer

A Huge Success!

Last Saturday’s concert, Singing 4 Her was a huge success!

Congratulations to all the singers and dancers your performance was spectacular! A special thanks goes to the musicians for their musical talent and for their time: Sonya Dockrell, Xavier Paris, Nat & the Papas – Natalia Maeso, Alex Granda, Juan Carlos Garcia, Albert Roca, Jose Gabriel Bento, Joan Frances Albacete, Albert GumĂ .

Thanks to all the Running 4 Her team – students, teachers (especially Ester Hurtado, Laura Pons and Roser Farrus)and my own team members, as well as Albert Alguersuari – your work was invaluable.

My deepest thanks to Ajuntament de Girona – your support, joy, energy and heart truly stands out. The total support of the Generalitat de Catalunya continues wonderfully – I am grateful indeed.

Thank you also to all our sponsors and collaborators.

The support and help offered by Javier Muñoz of Jana Productions was a true luxury for us – thank you!

Some special words are needed for Albert GumĂ  – apart from being a great drummer, he was technical and stage director, but his dedication didn’t stop there. His work prior to the concert as regards visuals, coordination and general support was priceless – my friend I give my heartfelt thanks. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to put this concert together.

And a final THANKS goes to the audience – you were wonderful!

I leave you with a few of the first images we have until we receive the official photos…tomorrow I’ll be posting the first official photos by Paul Mac Manus!

Be Excellent!

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