Thursday 24 August 2017

Karl Henry: Pride and joy at the finish line makes the hard work worthwhile

It was an emotional day for your trainer Karl Henry

Spar FitLive run ambassadors Al Porter, Derval O'Rourke, Karl Henry and Mick Clohissey. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Spar FitLive run ambassadors Al Porter, Derval O'Rourke, Karl Henry and Mick Clohissey. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Competitors cross the finish line at the Spar FitLive Run Series.

Karl Henry

Well, what an event that was. The sight of 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers in the Phoenix Park was an incredible sight! So many first time runners and so many families and children all getting the exhilaration of crossing the finish line and completing a tough course on a hot and windy day. I have to say, I was emotional myself after the day - my goal in life is to help get as many people to get healthy as I possibly can. Not in an extreme way. But in a way that will give people tools for the long run, tools that will last for life.

Over the last eight weeks, myself and Derval O'Rourke have given you exercise tips, recipes, training plans and helped to push you each week. By setting the target of running the event and putting in the hard work consistently over the eight weeks, you all managed to conquer the event on race day.

But what next? It would be a shame to stop all the hard work and let it go to waste. The simple answer is to sit down, plan out some events and build a plan to help you get towards that goal. It could be anything, another 5k, a 10k or even a half marathon. You could register for the next SPAR Fitlive event in Cork.

Pick something, do it today, start your training this week - and that will be the best way to stay on track, stay fit and push your boundaries.

From my own perspective, I simply want to say thank you. Thank you for signing up, for training and for taking part. To see such a mass crowd on a Saturday morning has made my month. Watching everyone cross the line at the finish, the pride and the joy written all over their face, makes all the hard work worthwhile. High-five to all!

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