Thursday, 20 June 2013

Who's with me??

What up soldiers!?  Hope this finds you well and lovin life, even if the weather is stupidly cold!  Bring back the heat, tans and shirtless running!  As most of you know I have a 13degree rule....under that and I wear a shirt when I train...NOT HAPPY JAN!  I find this so restrictive and almost claustrophobic......BRING BACK THE HEAT!  Ok, enough of my manic randomness!

So this week has been non-eventful in the running arena.  My shoulder/back has still been killer from my stack.  I rested for almost a week and decided to start running short on Thursday my back was pretty darn sore again and saw me back at the doctors and physio today (Friday).  The back soreness (the most painful) appears to be just bruising from where I landed on the steps, and I seem to have a minor tear in one of my rotator cuff muscles.  I have some exercises to keep me busy, gonna rest for the weekend and hope to be ok enough to get back to training Monday...we'll see!  Don't y'all know I have a 100 miler to train for?!  No rest for the wicked and even less for the righteous!  She'll be right mate!

So, since last weekend and chatting with Coach Jeff, I have been doing a lot of thinking and wanted to put myself out there and share something that I have been wanting to do for a long time and just haven't got to it..for some unknown reason.

For those who know me, I love to help people with their running, weight loss, and general encouragement in all things active/life in general.  For these reasons (and many others), I am looking at starting a life coaching business.  Now when I say life coach as opposed to run coach, I want to help people physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.  Wellness covers all areas, not just a healthy body.  I still have to develop a specific business model however here are my initial thoughts...

I would start very low key and hopefully build over time.  My main focus would be on new runners, helping them develop specific goals and achieving them.  Secondly, weight loss.  I am a bit of nazi when it comes to this area (life choices for food/drink consumption) but I believe I have a lot to offer those willing to commit themselves 100%.  And lastly, helping people who want to transition from traditional shoes to minimal footwear or barefoot running.  This would be done in the way of programs, regular meetings, email support and general life support.

I feel like I am always learning on this beautiful journey through life and have so far to go...however I think from my knowledge, experience, positive attitude, drive and commitment I could really help others improve their lives.  This of course all works hand in hand with my studies and will be a very authentic, free flowing experience for anyone who wants to get involved.

So this is where you come in...I have limited time these days and don't want to pour my heart into this if everyone thinks it is a silly idea and would be no need for it.  Any advise, opinions and suggestions would be greatly appriciated.  Please be honest and open with me and I will consider and ponder all thoughts offered.  You have all supported me through this blog and my adventures and I look forward to hearing what you think about my idea/vision!  Feel free to contact me on facebook, email ( or leave a comment on my blog.

Thanks again to you all.  I love you and appreciate your time reading these ramblings.  It warms my heart to know that people get something out of what I write and enjoy hearing about the journey's I embark on.  THANK YOU!  I hope and pray your week is going amazing, keep smiling, tickle a loved one, do something nice for someone without recognition and each day try to do something to make this world a better place!  Stay true friends, run free.  Live long, run on, PLANT STRONG!


  1. Hi Mat, Awesome Blog. Question for you... As a tattooed runner myself do you feel like you get judged by other runners for having tattoos? if so what is your reaction to it? Thanks! - John

  2. Hay John, no mate, everyone is so supporting and on side it is so good!

  3. I think its a great idea and you would be great at it. Steal the book I bought dad on personal training, I am sure it would have some helpful information in it too on setting up this type of business. I might be able to help with some website ideas too.:-) Mel xo