Owner of The Running Inn, Eastbourne
Fiona followed a BA (hons) degree in Politics with a post-grad diploma and 12 year career in journalism, where she specialised in health and fitness writing and compiling workouts. She’s been a deputy editor and has written for national newspapers, websites, books and magazines, and has contributed to various TV and radio shows as a fitness specialist. With Mike Ovens, she is the co owner and director of the Running Inn in Eastbourne, specialising in running and fitness breaks.
Fiona was recently appointed editor of Running Free magazine.
Life is a series of jigsaw puzzles
19 March 09
I sometimes think that life is a series of jigsaw puzzles. Some pictures are easy to put together, others a bit more complicated – some are masterpieces you love to stare at, some you want to pull apart as soon as they’re finished and fling the pieces back into the box…
Think of the pictures you’ve created – doing a degree, getting a job, getting married, having children, getting divorced… At the beginning the picture was a jumbled up mess, but gradually the pieces came together – until all of sudden, it’s done.
Setting a goal requires you to picture or visualise what it is you want to achieve. When you’ve got your picture in mind, you can start the puzzle – as much as you’d like it to be a linear and logical process, goal setting is usually not that straightforward.
Here at the Running Inn, we help experienced goal setters and achievers in every day life with the running puzzle. Usually, they want to complete a race in a certain time, by following a specific training plan. We empty out the box and look at the pieces and put together a plan. Start with a frame, and then piece it altogether as you go along, or start from the middle and build the picture out – if you’ve got the right number of pieces it will eventually come together – just like on the box!
Very often when the picture’s complete, you’re left wondering ‘is this it?’ And you move onto the next puzzle – a more complicated one that stimulates, captivates and is going to take longer to complete. Running a marathon in four hours is one thing, but to get under three – there’s a lot more to it!
Sometimes you just can’t find the missing piece to complete your picture – is it under the table or buried deep under the floorboard… I was brought up a Catholic and when I lose something I was told to pray to St Anthony. I do, and it always works, I find my missing item.
Open your eyes, dig deep, ask your St Anthony, Universe, or instinct to help you. If you can see the picture on the box, you will find the pieces – and complete the picture.