I grew up in a town on the southern coast of England called Brighton.
In 1988, I immigrated to Los Angeles, California, where I began training for my first marathon. In 1990, at the age of 27, I completed that marathon (NY), clocking in at 4.41.05.
I relocated to Santa Cruz in October 1990 and was so destroyed by my first marathon physically, emotionally, psychologically and chemically that I did not run a step until the summer of 1991.
Now living a quieter life on the Monterey Bay I went for a routine physical. In the Doctor’s waiting room, I picked up a copy of Runner’s World and saw a small ad for the 1992 Big Sur Marathon.
That is when a ‘light went on’ and I committed to reinventing myself, to make myself mentally and physically stronger and to exploring why that first marathon was such a challenge, especially considering the fact that I was a star athlete in high school, albeit in multi-sport activities such as rugby and soccer.
Why had this marathon exposed me to the very core of my humanity? I began training in earnest, not just exercising. Reading and studying from every resource I could find and spent thousands of hours working on my running technique and overall body strength in addition to my running fitness and development.
As I pursued this journey, the metamorphosis was incredible and over the next seven years my times improved, culminating in a third place finish at the Napa Valley Marathon in 2.34.43, and in the same year winning the Nike World Games 1500 (34-39 AG) in 4.06 and running a 4.21 mile that same summer. Still training hard as a competitive master runner, I have now completed twenty-seven marathons and hundreds of road and track races.
Since turning forty, I have regularly achieved All-American status in the 800 meter, 1500 meter, and mile distance races.
At age 49, I ran a 16.36-minute 5k, and at 53, I ran a 4.47-minute 1500-meter race. My experiences in self-improvement and training eventually led me to coaching and motivational speaking.