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

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