So who exactly is Endurance Daddy?
Well permit me to explain. My name is Andy and I’m daddy to two great kids – Lily (5) and Oscar (nearly 2). It’s fair to say that along with my wife Nikki, these guys are my world. We live in Norwich, a fine city in the east of England.
Endurance Daddy has come about because over the last few years, I’ve found myself on a mission to increase my own personal fitness. Having hit my late 30s I’d become distinctly out of shape. Like a lot of people in my age demographic, I wasn’t faring too well. As a result, in late 2013 I started a fitness campaign. Enrolling in a local Fitness Bootcamp lost me two and a half stone and over the course of 2014, I added to the fitness mantle by adding obstacle course races (two Tough Mudders), some 10k road running races and a couple of half marathons to my exercise résumé.
A desire to pick up new challenges in 2015 saw me take on Triathlon as a way to stretch myself. I joined my local Tri club (Tri-Anglia) and with their help over the 2015 season, I completed three Olympic distance Tri events (which, for the uninitiated, consist of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10k run) as well as a smattering of half marathons and more 10k races. All of these were done with the rather selfish motive of simply enjoying myself!
In 2016, the mission was to do longer distance races. I completed my first full marathon in Brighton and a half-iron distance triathlon (1900m swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run) in July. I completed two further marathon adventures in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series and raised over £1000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
So what about 2017? Well so far, the race calendar is pretty empty. I have another Coastal Trail Series marathon in April, but so far that’s it! I have some personal goals for my running though:
- Run over 1000 miles this year
- Run a sub 21 minute 5K
- Run a sub 45 minute 10K
- Complete CTS Exmoor in a faster than average time
- Update my blog site and “do more” with it
- Carry out a charity challenge bigger and more testing than the work I did for East Anglian Air Ambulance last year
This site continues to be about my journey to achieve my goals. It’s a place for me to share how it’s going. To share the ups and downs of training and a place from which I hope to provide some sort of inspiration. After all – I’m no elite athlete. I’m a daddy with a full time job, mortgage and all the other day to day stuff that you probably have too. If I can do this, chances are you could too…