My Olympic Legacy

13 Aug

The buzz surrounding the Olympic games in the UK has been incredible. Even people who were entirely nonplussed about the whole thing at the start, took to sobbing at heart wrenching slow motion montages by the end. Now that the whole thing is over, talk turns to the legacy of the games and what it means for British sport and for the nation as a whole.

The way I see it, it’s a chance to offer the youth of today role-models other than the latest ‘It girl’ or X-factor contestant; Flash in the pan celebrities famous for not much more than a pretty face and some savvy PR. It’s been great to see young people so moved by the achievements of our team and I feel sure  that some of them will find themselves competing for their own gold medals one day.

For us grown-ups, that ship may have sailed, but it doesn’t mean that what we’ve witnessed over the last two weeks hasn’t given us a little kick up the bum to think about bettering ourselves. Using the body we were gifted with to do something amazing. I’ve spoken to countless people who feel this way and I really see this wave of sporting enthusiasm taking us all to a better place.

Personally, it has inspired me to run. I have run in the past and am built like a sprinter rather than a distance runner. I did some pretty good races six years ago but had completely given up. Today I went for my first run in a loooooong time and I loved it. I only did 1.4 miles but I kept up a good pace and arrived home sweaty and elated. I had forgotten how much fun it is to sprint – pounding the pavement as fast as my little legs could carry me with the wind in my hair and the sun on my back.

A couple of work colleagues have been similarly inspired so I’ve set us up a Facebook group where we can log our runs and offer each other encouragement. We plan to find ourselves a 5km charity race which we can use as a goal to train towards and complete together. It’s an exciting prospect to think about what we might be able to achieve if we apply ourselves and support each other through our training. Watch this space…


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