I, Clarry Bilston, will run a marathon in 2021.*
So what makes this marathon different?
Instead of running 26 consecutive miles to the finish line, I will be running this over a 24 hour period.
The premise is simple and aims to be a replica of Beau Miles' Film, "A Mile an Hour" (2018), which follows his 24 hour effort from his property in Victoria.
Beau is an adventurer and film maker with a rather contagious energy about him for life which is what his work so enjoyable to watch, I've linked the film below for you to check out too.
The rules are simple:
1 mile per hour for 24 hours (3 in the first hour will round us up to the perfect 26 mile mark).
In between the running, I must get as many tasks and odd jobs done as I possibly can.
I already have a pretty substantial list of things I'd like to get done, but as Beau found, this structure of a day will allow me to go off on tangents and just do some things I might not have thought of previously.
"There's kind of no point to it but there's lots of point to it as well..."
As Beau would say it, there’s kind of no point but then there’s lots of point to it at the same time. Throughout this period I’ll be able to go off on tangents and just attack everything I do with some intent as the clock counts down to the time I need to set off again.
I’ve never run a marathon, or even a 10km race for that matter, so it goes without saying that despite the respite each hour I am going to be uncomfortable, but that’s kind of the point for me too as I'm looking to learn a bit more about myself and what makes me tick.
Here's Beau's film about this experience, it's a great watch.
I am very excited about this whole thing as I've been sitting on this idea for some time, planning and making sure I care enough about it to follow through with it. Over the past 6 months the idea has not left me or seemed any less intriguing...so I'm in!
Here's where you come in... yes, you!
So, this thing I'm doing is designed to make me a little uncomfortable, to get to know myself a bit better and to have a bit of an adventure without having to travel anywhere exotic. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why I don't just do it right now!
However, I'd like a bit of company along the journey and I reckon there's more than a few people that might really benefit from an experience like this so I want to extend the invite out to any and all to either tune in and follow along as I struggle through it, or to give it a go yourself at home!
Now, if running isn't possible for you, then ride. If you can't ride, then walk. If you can't walk, then do a short workout in your living room ever hour. All of the same concepts can still apply and you can have a crack at creating a truly full day of living in 2021.
If you kept reading before clicking on Beau's film, I love your work but go watch it now.
If you watched it and then kept reading, fair enough- now reach out and let me know what you think!
When are you doing it again?
Great question, don't have a good solid answer for you right this moment.
I'm going to spend the next couple of months preparing myself physically for the running side of things while getting the logistics right for all the other stuff. The point of this blog post is to put the word out there that this is what I intend on doing and get the ball rolling.
There's no concrete date for this right now, but I'm assuming I'll find a good spot between March and July so the weather is alright and so it doesn't interfere with any other responsibilities.
...so there you have it, this is your sign to start your prep work now if you're keen!
If you're interested, drop me a line on Instagram (@legacy.coaching) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!