20th August Grit Clinic

Q: Was at home in Ireland and bought your book. The title had led me sightly astray beforehand as I thought it was a book about domestic violence. My apologies! For that reason alone I had avoided it until I was browsing in Easons and bought it on the spot. I’ve since dipped into it and am extremely impressed with everything. You’re a great writer. I love your approach and your attitude and now that I am back at home in San Sebastian, I will read it properly. My question is this. I am 47 years old. I have been reasonably fit all my life but am now feeling the middle age spread. I walk , swim , climb mountains and play endlessly with my 8 year old twins. My energy levels are not what they used to be. I work full time and am studying at night. I must admit that I love the odd drop of wine or paint stripper or whatever is available!!! (Joking) But lately I know that I have been letting things go south as well as east and west.

Do you seriously think that I could run? Do you think that I could really run five times a week? I read about your mother but I’d say she’s an unusual case, she’d have to be if she’s your mother. You must have got your talent for running from somewhere Sorry to make an agony aunt out of you, but I am riddled with doubt. Do you know of other cases like me? Have you written another book on this topic or any others? I love your style. Sincerely Evelyn

A: Evelyn, without a shadow of a doubt you are the perfect candidate for the six step programme.  For starters, you have a cracking sense of humour which is one of the keystones for success on this programme.  The first thing to do is to read the book, which you may have already done by the time you get this response.  Take it from me there is nothing in my genes that makes me or my mother any different from you.  Thinking we are different is just another excuse that stops up from taking those essential first steps.  All you have to do is start slowly, walking yourself through that circuit step by step without overdoing it.  In that way, you will build up your fitness alongside your confidence, they will feed off each other and before you know it you will have nailed your circuit – jogging – without stopping.  If you need any proof, look no further than the marathon relay stories on this blog – from women much like yourself who have done exactly what you did, thought that they couldn’t do it, bought the book and then took the plunge.  All you really need are a sense of humour and GRIT.  At 47 with 8 year old twins you have proved yourself to be an afficionado of grit, and I have no concerns whatsoever about your ability to do this programme.  Don’t give it another moment’s thought.  Just get cracking.  NOW. And keep me posted.

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5 Responses to “20th August Grit Clinic”

  1. Bonnie Sweet August 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi I am 45 was 4 stone overweight after a back injury stopped me running in December 2009. I work full timeIn central London and commute 4 hours a day. I also have to travel to Scotland and Ireland for work sometimes in the same week. Commute 8 hours for Southampton at least monthly for one day visits. I have two large dogs and a non running husband. I am supporting my friend through breast cancer attending her treatments with her and staying over when she needs me she lives 30 odd miles away from me. My dad had a stroke this year and is still I’m hospital. I visit him every day unless I am away and also have to take care of all his domestic stuff. If it wasn’t for Ruth’s. Fantastic

    • Bonnie Sweet August 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Damn phone. If it wasn’t for Ruth’s fantastic book I would never have lost my excess weight coped with all the stress or managed to run regularly distances between 5 and 13 miles 3 to 6 times a week as I never would have got back into running. If I can do it anyone can. Go for it and good luck.

    • gritdoctor August 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      wow Bonnie WELL BLODDY DONE x

      • Bonnie Sweet August 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

        Thanks Ruth I truly owe it all to you. I had previously tried 4 or 5 times to get back into running and had resigned myself to failure. I saw your book bought it read it and started running again Easter this year. You have given me my life back and awakened my grit. Doing a 10 mile run for Age UK off my own back on 1 September and planned lots of charity runs next year. I have even inspired a male colleague to use your approach. I tell everyone to buy your book. I am now on to the marathon plan and know it will help me achieve what has always seemed impossible before. If I feel fed up down or bored I just run. X

      • gritdoctor August 22, 2012 at 8:55 am #

        Bonnie – you are a grit fiend extaordinaire!! Stay in touch and keep up all the good work x

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