‘When I hit the age of 30 I decided to take up running. Why? The usual reasons – to get fit and look better. Sounds simple doesn’t it? And so off I ran in typical ‘Nikki’ fashion (a bit ‘all the gear and no idea’) – trying to run for far too long and far too fast, far too quickly. Needless to say, exhaustion rapidly kicked in and I became frustrated at my own perceived lack of ability.
So I took some time out to do some research -books, articles, running magazines, you name it. And I started over. Long but slow runs, short quick runs, a little hill training, resting, eating the right foods, stretching. Very quickly I saw amazing results and suddenly felt like a ‘real’ runner. Eight years on and I’m still running. Not every day and sometimes not every week, but when I need to and when my body wants me to.
What I have found is that I would happily swap the physical fitness for the endorphin kick and the feel-good factor, every time. When I run I sleep better, I am relaxed, I am stress-free, irritations and worries tend to fall away and I often come up with solutions to problems when I am running. It gives me valuable headspace. I feel at one with the world and myself.
So, why am I sharing this with you? Simple. I’d like you to give it a try for yourself. Running is free, you can run anywhere, at a time that suits you, you can always ‘fit it in’. Running will relieve stress and anxiety, you will look and feel a million times better very quickly. What’s not to love?
Someone once told me that anyone who makes the effort to pull on their trainers and go running a few times a week, no matter the time or distance, can call themselves a ‘real runner’.
Why not give it a go?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.