Avid parkrunner Scott Reynolds shares his incredible story of how running and setting himself goals has transformed his life
My transformation story
In 2013 I needed to make a change. I was 107 kilograms and couldn’t run to the end of my street without being out of breath. I needed a healthy hobby and decided to start running – I hated it at first because it hurt. But I knew that I needed to go through the pain so that I could enjoy a better life and so I continued. As hard as it was, I pushed myself because I knew I had to, to make positive things happen for me.
Since then, my life has changed in so many ways, mainly down to running. I’m now 84 kilograms and I feel fantastic. Running has changed so many aspects of my life, from improved health, better relationships and business successes to personal developments that have lifted me to a whole new level, where I now believe that anything is possible. I’m more focused, driven, successful and more alive. It feels great, I feel great and it’s running that has done it.
My running history to date
I have covered a total of 5,117 miles so far in training and below is what I have achieved in running races in the last 4 years since starting:
- 113 x 5k parkruns (Personal Best – 18 minutes 01 second)
- 6 x 10k’s (Personal Best – 38 minutes 14 seconds)
- 22 x Half Marathons (Personal Best – 1 hour 24 minutes 35 seconds)
- 6 x Marathons (Personal Best – 3 hours 27 minutes 07 seconds)
- 1 x 50k Ultra Marathon
- 1 x 100k Ultra Marathon
My never-ending goal setting
Running has made me feel inspired to do much more in life, to live life to my true potential and to find out what my body’s limits are. I want to give back to people and to inspire people to be the very best version of themselves that they can be. I want to teach people how to run far, how to run hard, how to eat well, how to turn off pain and how to create a version of themselves that they didn’t realise was possible.
It is possible! I am proof of it. Anyone can do anything that they focus their efforts towards if they truly work hard for it, if they take continual steps, one in front of the other. It’s inevitable.
So this is where goal setting comes in. Whether you are looking to complete your 1st couch to 5k or you’re training for a 100k ultra, goal setting is vitally important to your success in completing what you are looking to achieve. They say that the hardest running step is the one that takes your out of your front door and how true it is. Even now on most days, my hardest steps are the early miles of any training run or race. The more I seem to move, the easier it becomes. Most people do not run far enough on their first breath to even get to realising that they have a second breath, and your goal setting will help you get there.
One step at a time. One goal at a time. The most important thing is that once you complete your current goal, you set the next one immediately. Book that race straight away, get to parkrun and be around like-minded people, surround yourself with focused, healthy people and the rest is simple.
So, #MySummerGoal is to complete Berlin Marathon and to inspire others to go on the journey of discovery that running will give them and reap the many benefits from it. Running can take you to places that many never see. I hope to inspire others to go searching and viewing the beautiful world with a new, clearer vision.