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The Unelite Athlete

Introduction to ‘The Unelite Athlete’

 

So where do I start? I could tell you that whenever I first ran that I had no idea it would take me somewhere but, that would be a little cliché, wouldn’t it? However to tell you otherwise would be a lie because that is what happened…

First I should tell you a little about me; I’m originally from Scotland but, moved to Omagh 11 years ago, when I struck lucky by meeting my wife, and we have 3 wonderful girls. I’m a butcher in the town, which is what lots of people know me for, but others will know me as ‘that guy that runs a lot’.

It’s true, I love running but, that didn’t happen overnight. I used to HATE running! That wasn’t because I didn’t like being outside or anything, it was solely because I just thought I couldn’t do it, and that it wasn’t worth trying.

Sadly, life doesn’t all go the way we hoped, and our family was affected by cancer, our nephew James, who was only 2 years old at the time, had become very ill and we had to say goodbye to him when he couldn’t fight his battle any more.

There was a charity that helped guide the family through this difficult time and we were all doing things to help raise a bit of money and awareness. So when it was suggested as a joke about me doing a half marathon, I thought it should be doable.

The saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ was the best way to describe the situation I put myself in. I had no idea how hard it was to run 13.1 miles but, after it was over, I felt accomplished. So much so, that I signed up for the whole marathon, which was around 8 months later. After that, it turned into how far I could go. What could I actually do?

Running truly has totally sucked me in. If you had told me four years ago that I’d be running ultras, writing a blog and even having more running attire in my wardrobe than any other clothes, well I would have laughed.

Little did I know at the time but, I was inspiring people. One night I came up with the idea that I could let people see my story. I set up my own Facebook page, and became The Unelite Athlete! As time went on, more people started following my page and sending messages of support. I’ve even had people looking for advice and telling me that they love reading my blogs.

Which leads up to now. I’ve went from signing up to one race, to running 24 hour ultra marathons and writing about it! So join me as I continue my journey, as I write about my own experiences, and hopefully inspire others to have their own! I’ll write about my own training and give out advice and tips along the way!

Catch up with you soon,

Calum

 

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