Sunday, March 15, 2009

London Marathon Countdown .... 6 weeks to go

Along with 10,000 others Annie and I completed the Silverstone half marathon today (13.1 miles) as the latest instalment in our training programme for the London Marathon on April 26th.

It was just fabulous to be a part of this event. To be one of 10,000 is inspirational. It is amazing how the adrenalin and the crowd push you along.
So … 6 weeks to go and still ‘on track’ as it were.

Life is good


Scott Peters said...

Awesome...completely awesome my friend. I love coming to this blog because it's uplifting for a number of reasons.

I know that you are also donating proceeds from the sale of your book "Simplicity is the Key" to raising money for the wonderful caregivers of the NHS.

You are a true inspiration and "get it" that's why I love visiting this blog.

I'm looking forward to writing my final thoughts on your book right here, to hopefully promote more readers of Simplicity and move copies for your cause. Even though I didn't see you on the frontlines of that picture, I KNOW that your work supports frontliners and people of NHS.

Annie has such a great sense of humor too!

Scott Peters said...

Oh, and by the way, there is some late money coming from the efforts of Dropping Almonds. Thanks for keeping the date top of mind!

Make sure you drop them before you run! And try not to fall and Annie.

dave wheeler said...


I'm thinking 6 weeks from now we will be congratulating you on doing a truly remarkable feat. Just goes to show what focus, determination, heart and spirit can accomplish.I'm sure that having terrific company on those runs is marvelous thing as well.

I would agree with Scott on the descriptor "true inspiration"...for many different reasons!

J.KANNAN said...

Trevor & Annie,

Marvellous & Fabulous Silver stone Finish by both of you.This is a clear cut indication that you both are going make it up tremendously for the "Golden Stone" event on April, 26, 2009 and my friend David Wheeler has already predicted it.

The reporting and feed back from you both is like "Fresh from Oven" I mean Instant.after the silver stone event. Keep it Up.

Yes, as rightly mentioned " Life is Good" and will continue to be Good always.

All the best to you and Annie.

May God keep blessing you both.


David Wike said...

Well done to both of you. Glad you enjoyed your run on one of the world’s great Grand Prix circuits. Talking of fast sports, how did Manchester United get on this weekend?

Trevor Gay said...

Scott - thanks again for your continued support on the book, the Blog, the marathon training and of course your sponsorship you have already been far too kind in that regard. We managed to get around the circuit without either of us falling down you will be pleased to hear :-)

Trevor Gay said...

Dave - Monday morning and sore ankles but that’s about the only physical damage. Running together is mutual inspiration and Annie and I keep each other going when the going gets tough. In this particular half marathon we both felt good all the way and never had any moments when we wanted to walk. It was pleasing to know our stamina has developed through the training so that 13.1 miles felt relatively comfortable.

Trevor Gay said...

JK – Your words as always are inspiring and very clever – I love the Golden Stone reference. We keep thinking we are both a bit mad to be doing this but the feeling at the end of the 13.1 miles makes us realise this is something we can do!

Trevor Gay said...

David - The emotional damage this weekend was seeing my beloved United lose 4-1 to Liverpool. The consolation I have of course is to look at the Premier league table and see that we are still top and well clear. Liverpool deserved their win on the day but consistency over the whole season is what matters. We will have another discussion in May when the final league table is known shall we? :-)

J.KANNAN said...


Having completed 13.1 miles fabulously with out much of strain and stress, I find no justification for you to think as you had indicated.

Both of you can and WILL together complete the 26th April, 2009 Marathon amazingly and we all your simplicity friends are eagerly waiting to congratulate both of you.

I have inspiration and motivation stocked up with me and shall keep you both encouraging with these.

All the best, Good Luck & God's Grace to you both.


Trevor Gay said...

Thanks again JK – your re-assurance is appreciated. My reference to us being ‘mad’ was tongue in cheek. It’s good to know we have your support!

We always talk to God during our races, needless to say, and He always provides us with the motivation and energy to carry on.

Scott Peters said...

Final thoughts on Simplicity is the key...

For those of you thinking of buying the book, don't forget that Trevor is donating proceeds to his cause for Carers.

Before I cover the last 20 pages of the book, I want to preface my thoughts. The beauty of Trevor's blog, the beauty of Trevor's friends, and most of his posts are that they remain true to his original inspriation for writing the book. Trevor is all about Simplicity, and Simplicity guides him in the way he writes, manages, communicates, and leads.

A huge difference between Trevor, a self-proclaimed (and affirmed) pragmatist, and others consulting in the field of business is that Trevor teaches from a very simplistic approach. I remember Denzel Washington's character (lawyer) in "Streets of Philadelphia", he's always instructing people to " to me like I'm a two year old." Why? So the character can understand what people are saying to him.

The world is very much in a "transition zone" that Trevor describes on p. 22 of the book. Loosely translated, "Lead, follow, or someone else will." As I was reading on about Trevor's postulate of "They don't understand", it reminded me of Star Wars and Obi Wan Kenobi dying for the rebels and paving the way for Luke's continued training. Another great passage is the discussion of wants versus needs. There may be a canyon between the understanding of what your client wants and what you think they need. Big business is still failing at understanding the importance of consumer feedback and what works best for the users. NHS seems to have a pretty good grasp on the execution of healthcare in the UK, I'm not sure why the US has not followed suit.

I quote Trevor on p. 31. I believe we must learn to live in the unstable world of unpredictability-bordering on chaos-then rise above it to a state where we welcome, encourage and celebrate change. If I wrote this down on paper and showed the paper to many of my friends and asked them, "Who stated this?" Many would say Obama. However, at least in America, we haven't moved from stupidity to unpredictability.

Trevor, throughout the book, points to the amazement of technology and how we will continue to benefit from a world without boundaries. Technology has been huge in the medical field and elsewhere; yet, the carers and family members who act with compassion truly see people through their obstacles. Technology may give you better chances, but people will bring you through life's trials (with a little help from the person upstairs).

Points that are interesting...

Trevor writes about Tom Peters Re-Imagine book and his thoughts. This recently received revitalization on Tom Peters blogspot.

I think it's great how Trevor writes about his pragmatic approach on p. 48. There was just a big blow-out over those who subsribe to theory and those who subscribe to pragmatism on Tom Peters blogspot as well. Man---are those discussions exhausting.

I'll conclude with this. The beauty of Trevor's book and his simple ideas are they have a timeless element. Let's face it, business consulting, seminars, book writing, coaching, etc., etc., etc., are big money to business leaders and there is this constant push to come up with new strategies, new ideas, the best new sales rep, the 2 minute manager, etc., etc., etc.. Much of this is done to make more money for the business leaders promoting such ideas. The reality is this, in my opinion, these new ideas just confound and confuse the old ones. How about some simplicity?

The reason Trevor doesn't have 15 books is because you can't reinvent simplicity over and over and over again. Simplicity, by its very nature, doesn't allow for such fodder and strategy. So, while I'm sure that Trevor does an excellent job putting on a seminar and training employees, I would guess that his message has not changed over the past several years. If leadership was more simple and people were more honest with each other, respect may be born and many employees may have a shot at succeeding.

Just my thoughts...thanks Trevor, for Simplicity is the key.

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks so much for your book review over the last week or two Scott - much appreciated. I'm just pleased you enjoyed reading it.

I'm hoping to be able to confirm a big order for 100 books tomorrow which would result in a big boost to our Marathon fund raising efforts.

Watch this space ....

Scott Peters said...

Good luck. More than anything else, I can understand your book, which is better than about 1/2 I read.

My pleasure!

The Dan Ward said...

Hey, congrat's Trevor! That's fantastic. I ran my first 1/2 marathon this past September, and it was something I'll never forget.

I'm not sure when I'll repeat the feat (or try for a full marathon) myself, but I look forward to hearing of your upcoming adventures in running!

Trevor Gay said...

Well done Dan - achieving a half marathon is terrific - I'm sure you could do the full marathon.

It was way beyond our expectations even 6 months ago to run a half marathon. Having dome the half we are now feeling better about tackling the big one on April 26th - I just cannot imagine the feeling when we (hopefully) complete the 26.1 miles!

fbtry said...

Countdown 7 weeks to go for the WWH and Mendip Muddle. Gulp. I'm right on track with training, so I'm not that worried about 20K, but the 420m of climb has me pretty intimidated. I need to start adding more hill climbs into my training...and that means not WALKING them!

Trip to Snodonia was a bit of a wash-out. All the trees and boulders in the woods are covered with moss - a pretty good indication that it rains mostly all the time. Jep, it rained mostly all the time when we were there too, and I never did see Snowdon (the highest mountain in England and Wales) for the fog.

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