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Ok, so I have decided to try and get back on the road and see if I can get on top of this run around Australia challenge. So now that I have made this decision I need to get started. So where to start?

Time to dust off my old running shoes and continute my run around Australia

Still some life in my run around Australia running shoes.

Well the good news is I still have the same running shoes. They are a little battered, and have done a few unrecorded km since I had to stop. But they are comfortable. So it will be interesting to see how they hold up as I continue my run around Australia challenge.

Now given that I have tried to start this run a number of times before and failed I have no idea at this point how I am going to do this. I do not know how my lower back is going to hold up. And at this point it is probably easy to come up with a long list of reasons why this will not work. But all this will not get me closer to my goals.

So what I do need to do is to focus on what I need to do to get me closer to my goals. Now the obvious first step is to start. The obvious first question is can I run?

So I thought I would start with setting down my goals.

My Goals

Long Term Goals

Now obviously my main long term goal is to complete my run around Australia. And for now, given my results over the last few years, it is possible but unlikely. So right now that is all I need, just to put it out there.

Medium Term Goals

Do Not really have any at this point.

Short Term Goals

Just to test the back out by having a decedent run. Not rocket science I know. I thought it best to start on the treadmill as it is a controlled environment. I started off slower because it has been a while. And I wanted to do at least 5 km.

Well it had been a while… As I ran I could feel it, really feel it. I was using muscles that had not been used for a while but I did manage to do better than I was aiming for and completed 7.0 km (4.3 miles). And best of all, my lower back was not a problem. Hmm… I might actually have a shot at this.

End of Week 239:- 7.0 km / 4.3 miles
Total to Date:- 1,710.5 km / 1062.9 miles

So time to dust off the old maps and start logging the miles, dust off the old blog and start writing again. Time to start working harder on my goals.

Time to start running again,

Steven

P.S. So here I go again. I am back on my run around Australia Challenge.

Want to know a major key to help you achieve your goals? Well this secret is one of the most important skills you need to have when you set yourself a big goal, but first I need to give you a little background…

You see it has been a few years now since my around Australia challenge came to an end. After one year of continuious running the accumulated wear and led to my back giving out and I had to stop my run around australia. It took over a year for my back to feel right again. Over the years since then I have tried a number of times to start running again but it would not take long and my back would play up again.

I believe that the main problem with my back was in my running style. Because most of the padding on my shoes was in the heel my running style tended to always land heel first. The trouble with this is that this would put a lot of pressure on my lower back. And over time this would build up.

So I needed to adjust my running style to protect my back. So this time I tried landing more on my toes so that my heels would have a softer landing. Now the body is an amazing thing. You see that for every action it adjusts and this can place pressure on other parts of your body. So every time I would try something different I would have a new problem.

All this would be running around in my head every time I would start again and I would quickly end up finding an excuse to stop.

So how do you overcome all the negative chatter your head?

Well the secret is to “just do it!” You see there is a thing called momentum. If you have ever tried to push something heavy, like a car, you will know how hard it is to get it to first move. Once it is rolling it becomes alot easier to push, it takes alot less effort to keep it moving. So if l can just get started, it will get easier, and it will get me closer to achieving my goal.

So if I am ever to get this run around Australia challenge completed I just need to get started again

You can reach your goals,

Steven

P.S. So here I go again? I am back running again. Chasing down my carzy goal of running around Australia. Wishing you success with your goals. So dream big, get started and ensure you achieve your goals.

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