Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Perspective - Peter Gabriel

Lyrics:- 'Don't trust my eyes' - Gabriel

Song Choice:- Taken from his second 'Scratch' album released on 3rd June 1978 (Yep, I looked it up) I've always really loved the Perspective track and following yesterday's blog on Fear, maybe we all need some 'Perspective' when we are engaging with change and trying to make our mark on the world.

It's funny that a lot of my time is spent trying to get folk to see the bigger picture, the thing is, when they do, it's how they interpret it that can be confusing. I'm sure we've all been there over-encouraging someone else to see the 'Magic Eye' pictures or Stereograms that were so popular in the 90's. This one has the words 'CARPE DIEM' meaning 'Seize the Day' hidden within it to my eyes but you might see something different and if you do please let me know.

A lot is life is about how we interpret what we see but also how clearly and impartially we see it. Ask any Football Fan why their team lost and they'll usually blame the Ref and make lots of excuses rather than be honest and simply say their team were second best. Don't get me wrong, being impassioned and protective is one thing, self-belief and vision though are vital to success as is a more pragmatic approach.

Why not take a good long stare into your own 'Magic Eye' world today and see what's really going on. You never know, - you might see more than you'd imagined.

Trust your eyes and 'Seize the Day'.


Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,630 Days' Alcohol Free - 478 Days' post GBS
1 Sad Day for the World
Location: Cardiff, Wales.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Fearless - The Pink Floyd

Afraid your team won't win?
Lyrics:- 'You'll never walk alone' - Rodgers & Hammerstein

Song Choice:- Fearless is taken from the 1971 album Meddle. It's one of my early Pink Floyd favourites and includes the classic 'Echoes'. On this track, I've always loved the sensitivity of Gilmour's vocals, and they've always struck a chord with me, especially the line, 'They say the hill's too steep to climb', how appropriate  - take a listen here, if you haven't heard it in a while or are even new to the song or even Pink Floyd (If that's possible).

Anyway, how 'Fearless' are you today? Maybe try and score it on a scale of 1-10, with the 10 being totally 'Fearless'. I don't think I've got that much to be afraid of today and  believe I'm punching a near perfect 10 so I thought I'd look back at 21st August, 2016 to see how afraid I was then as a reference point.

The simple answer to that is that I don't think I was full of 'Fear' then either, as far as I can gather from my blog of that day. 'Fear' wasn't a consideration although I suppose I should have felt a little afraid at least, as I was still had a long way to go on my recovery.

Post illness, I know I don't get afraid of things at all...I wonder though what makes some folk quake in their shoes and others boldly go where no man has gone before? Maybe being a 'Cool Cucumber' takes practice or a life-threatening event to eradicate the behavioural trait. 

I do believe you have to do things in your own time and I'm a classic, 'And I'll climb the hill in my own way just wait a while, for the right day', kinda guy. I don't need pushing as I'm already at pushing at 113% if my latest VO2 test is correct.

So why not join me this week, and try not to be so afraid of anything? You might surprise yourself and if you share your 'Fears' - 'You'll never walk alone'... share them with ME if you want?


Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,629 Days' Alcohol Free - 477 Days' post GBS
1 Sad Day for the World

Location: Cardiff, Wales.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Move on up - Curtis Mayfield

Christ College, Brecon - Not a bad place to train...
Lyrics:- ‘Just move on up, towards your destination’ – Mayfield

Song Choice:- I’ve always loved listening to this track in the car as it’s got such a great groove to it and it’s full of drive. It’s speeding ticket potential rating must be right up there with best but it’s the notion of moving towards one’s destination that really hit me for today’s blog.

You see, I’ve been coaching a group of people from all over the UK this weekend in sunny Brecon, who are preparing to run in the Sahara, Atacama or Gobi Deserts and I’ve been really knocked out by their enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge. A room full of ‘Six-Day Racing Self-confessed Run-A-Holics’ is a very powerful place to be I can tell you and on a group run after the classroom sessions, it felt like we could’ve moved the mountain that we were running up.

BTW it was bloody steep and after my blast around the Merthyr Tydfil parkrun earlier, I didn’t have the oxygen to say much going up that baby. Note-to-self, run more hills!

Anyway, the thing is, it felt that these guys, ‘Moved on up’ yesterday - sat up and made huge strides towards their destination. Their chances of success at their races which in some cases are still 230 days away, hopefully have improved greatly with a new knowledge base. I certainly learned a few things myself from the other experts that spoke too, which is a good thing and I’m looking forward to leading a group training run around the sand dunes in Merthyr Mawr to complete their Desert Training experience this morning.

For you though, if you aren't running across deserts in the near future, if at all, maybe it’s worth taking some time out today to consider how you might move on up, towards your own destination whatever that might be. And like these guys get some help and guidance along the way to point you in the right direction as you’ll ‘Move on up’ a whole lot quicker.


Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,628 Days' Alcohol Free - 476 Days' post GBS
1 Sad Day for the World

Location: Cardiff, Wales.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Barcelona - Queen

Lyrics:- 'Shaking all our lives' - Mercury & Moran

Song Choice:- Following yesterday's events in Barcelona, it only feels right to write about one of my favourite places on the planet. I'm not going to have my thoughts, memories and images tarnished by people who want to kill and main others and I'm only ever going to think positively about this amazing City.

I mean, it's no wonder that Barcelona draws in so many visitors. If you've ever been there, I'm sure you will have wondered at the Sagrada Familia Cathedral (left) and the genius of a certain Senior Goudy. I've also visited the Olympic and Football Stadiums and used their famous bus hop-on-hop-off tours to get a complete picture of a very 'bohemian' place to experience. There's always a certain sense of relaxed freedom and I've got great memories of Lady Coleman running a couple of 24hr races in the north of the City and enjoying her success at going on to be part of the GB team.

It's a special place.

So that's what I'm going to continue to think. I'm going to keep on enjoying the freedom that should be part of our everyday lives. Enjoy the FREEDOM that running brings and that has brought me an extra dimension in my life to be able to enjoy the world and go back to Barcelona and experience it again in the future.

I hope you also feel empowered to continue to live life to the full and not let things stop you doing the things that you want to do.


Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,626 Days' Alcohol Free - 474 Days' post GBS
1 Sad Day for the World

Location: Cardiff, Wales.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

You're the Voice - John Farnham

Lyrics:- ‘We have the chance, to turn the pages over, we can write what we want to write’ - Reid, Qunta, Thompson & Ryder

Song Choice:- This song is such an anthem and I’m sure lots of people have sung along to it at the tops of the voices especially when they’ve feel like they’ve not been listened to or even heard at all. Being such a Power Ballad, the song was famously used for The World Liberty Concert in The Netherlands on May 8th, 1995 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of Europe. Not a bad accolade for a bloke Dagenham eh?

It got me thinking about what band or song I’d associate myself with part from Rush’s New World Man which has my book title ‘A Rebel and a Runner’ in it of course but thinking on a wider scale whether I’d be in a group, what I’d play or whether I’d be a solo artist. I’m sure I’d like to be in control, that probably goes without saying and the microphone is a very powerful tool. However, I would like the freedom and expression of having those lead solo breaks where I could show off my skills and get the ‘Wow’ factor that I obviously crave. I’m not sure how I’d cope with playing in a group though as I’m not a team player AND in my early life, I’d have probably had all the right criteria to get immediate membership to the ‘27 Club’.

So, my question for today is… If YOU were a band or a solo artist who would you be and why? Say of you were a completely out of control person that went on to clean up their life but now plays a lot of sport still liking the limelight, you might be an ‘Alice Cooper’ say… sounds kinda familiar eh? You might be someone that is just happy to play along with others taking the limelight, yet wanting the success it brings without all the hassle… Well you’re in Coldplay but no-one knows your name.

I’d love to know and ‘Write what you want to write’ as having a Voice is important, Making yourself heard - Well that's a whole lot harder and SHOUT if you need to.


Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,625 Days' Alcohol Free - 473 Days' post GBS
Inspirational Running Memoir
Location: Cardiff, Wales.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Who are you? - The Who

Lyrics:- 'Tell me who are you' - Townshend

Taken from The Who's album of the same title, it was the last single to feature Keith Moon before his death in September 1978. I wonder if he ever knew?

It’s a great question to ask yourself and one that’s not that easy to answer, especially if you are in mid-life-transformation right now. The health benefits of losing vast amounts of weight are obviously far too numerous to mention, but it’s our own reflection and what we project to others that really interest me for today’s blog.
I once had a work colleague whose catchphrase was ‘Big man’s gotta Big Plan’ - it was his probably downfall as he never did deliver, well as far as I know anyway. You see, no-one especially prospective clients, ever really believed him. I didn’t after a very short while it was such a lot of BS. For him though, he needed to project this larger than life character and volume in both body and voice to pluck up enough courage to go and knock doors.
Back then a lot of business was placed with such Sales People and folk bought product if they bought the person. I wonder if he knew who he really was at the time or how his own perceptions and projections limited his career.
Another client who was 97kgs dramatically lost 24kgs felt vulnerable whilst out in public and promptly put the weight back on to gain his old confidence back. It wasn't like that for me though as I found quitting booze and losing a similar amount of weight liberating as I left the old me behind and redesigned a new me, where I was much happier with my self-image and never turned back.
Never fear though as friends and colleagues will always put you straight as they will either encourage with ‘You look amazing’ or vampire with ‘You’re no fun anymore’ and add the ‘You look gaunt’ or ‘Think of the excess skin you’ll have if you carry on losing weight’ slam dunk.
It’s a process that you’ll have to work through as your transformation continues. My thoughts are that being slimmer and heathier won’t solve your major life-problems - it might however give you the confidence to tackle some relationship issues both at work and at home and give you more and more confidence as YOU get used to knowing WHO the new YOU really is.
Rory Coleman - 997 Marathons - 244 Ultras - 14 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,624 Days' Alcohol Free - 472 Days' post GBS
Inspirational Running Memoir
Location: Cardiff, Wales.