By Shaun Lowthorpe
Main picture of Stuart Sayer courtesy of keithwhitmore.co.uk
When Stuart Sayer finished running the Marriot’s Way half marathon on February 19 his first thought was how come his running buddies Clive and Angela had finished so strongly ahead of him – even though they had done the Brundall Parkrun the day before, whereas he had opted to marshall instead?
Thinking is a big part of what the 57-year-old does – it is at the heart of his day job running Upthinkers which helps train people in improving their thinking skills at work, though he has also used the techniques to help others, including a local under-13s football team get back to winning ways.
It also underpins another venture he is embarking on as part of Yellow Brick Road with businessman Ian Hacon, who as it happens, has also become a successful tri-athlete.
(If you don’t have much time right now – here is at an at a glance at what I learned from Stuart)
Five tips on how to think yourself into the runner you want to be based on speaking to Stuart.
- Visualise the outcome you want to achieve – and write it down, even
- ‘Chunk’ your run into manageable stages
- Start small and build up
- Always see yourself as a runner (and may be join a club)
- Think big! (or Upthink as Stuart might put it)
And it is something which has informed Stuart’s approach to running, too. Continue reading “From parkrun to marathon -meet the man who used his thinking skills to get up and running”