Monday, August 8, 2011

This Email Just Made My Day...

I've never been under any illusion regarding my talent as a runner or as a writer. I do both at my own pace and to the best of my ability, but that still leaves me planted very firmly in the 'average' camp. And that's OK with me, because both running and writing this blog bring me great pleasure. My expectations of both are simply that I continue to enjoy them and to do my best.

You can imagine, therefore, how I felt about receiving this email from my lovely friend Gill, midwife extraordinaire and supermum to four. Gill has followed my blog since its first inception and now it seems she has gone and found herself a Couch to 5K training plan...

"Well Mrs O, I'm officially a runner!!! Finished the 8 week program yesterday and I CAN DO IT!!!! I can't believe it. Thanks a million to you being an inspiration, I'm going to be fit n forty now, not fat n forty (in about 7 years time of course). The husband is doing well too, on week 7. He's actually more addicted than me!"

I am absolutely chuffed to bits for Gill and her husband Gareth, as I know how amazing it feels to make the journey from non-runner to runner, to change from an 'I can't!' to an 'I bloody well can!'.

I'm also utterly delighted to have provided a catalyst for Gill and Gareth's transformation into runners - who knew my average little blog would do some good along its average little way?

Now all I need are details, so I'm hoping that Gill and Gareth will respond to my invitation to write a guest blog post about their experience. Let's watch this space with fingers crossed...

Until then, Gill, Gareth - YOU ROCK!


14 comments:

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

That's great. You know, just knowing that someone is out there taking your advice or getting something out of your support, is the best feeling. And I think what us blogging, a lot of the time!

Grenglish said...

So happy for Gill and Gareth... however, you HAVE NEVER been and WILL NEVER be average, darling.
Your running and your blog are bloody brilliant and you should be incredibly proud of both x

Nikki said...

LOVE that!! I think it's so wonderful that you are inspiring your friends. That's got to be the greatest feeling!

Carrie said...

So great! That should make your day. Congrats on being an inspiration! I would love to read Gill and Gareth's story if they guest blog.

Old Runningfox. said...

Congratulations for inspiring Gill and Gareth to join the happy band of runners. It must give you a lot of satisfaction to know you've enriched the lives of others. Nobody sent me an email like that!
One reason for setting up my Blog was to encourage other old fuddy-duddies (like me) to get off their backsides and into the wonderful world of the great outdoors. I'm obviously doing something wrong for it doesn't appear to have worked.
I'll keep reading your Blog to see if I can learn some lessons!

gill jdlm said...

sweedie, you rock more! we'll get scribbling and get a post ready soon....I haven't written in proper sentences since 2005!!
big love to ya.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sarah Fitness said...

I love stories like this! Way to go in inspiring them! It just goes to show, someone is *always* paying attention :-)

Have a great weekend!

Jen said...

What a great email to recieve!!!!


Jen - Runner...maybe

Courtney said...

ahh i bet that made your day, great job for being an inspiration by just being you!!

MCM Mama said...

Awesome! Bet that was a wonderful email to get.

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

That should make you feel so proud! Being an example of healthy living and activity for those around is really amazing.

Jennifer said...

isn't it the best when someone tells you that you are an inspiration? Love that! :)

Elle said...

How nice that you touched someone in such a positive manner. Love it.

And how great that she let you know.

Found you on the Fitness Friday Blog Hop today.

jillconyers said...

To find out you've been an inspiration to someone is such a wonderful feeling! It was nice of them to make the time to email and thank you.