Shifting Gears But Not Changing Course

Over the past 12-18 months, Brewsters Running has been a little quiet.

Yep, we haven’t been as active on social medial, you won’t have seen many of these blogs from us, and sightings of us at races have been few  and far between.

I have been asked many times “are you still running?” or just “where have you been?”.
Truth is, we didn’t go anywhere. And yes we’ve been running, quite a bit in fact. We may have been a little quiet but there is a good reason for that.

There was the need for a gear shift.

It didn’t have anything to do with burn out or loss of love for running or anything like that, it was simply a matter of needing to change focus for a bit to take care of a few things.
Chris had a large family challenge to manage with the illness of his daughter, and thankfully she has come out the other side of that happy and well. It took an enormous amount of his time and energy and of course that means taking time and energy from other things.
For me it was about investing myself into the other side of my career. Outside of the running world, I’m a health care practitioner and educator. I own and operate another business that provides education to therapists and that business consumes about 80% of my time (which is generally about 12 hours per day). As with any new business, it takes a lot to get up and off the ground, so I’ve been head down bum up grinding away at that. And again, the good news is that it is trucking along nicely and I can now start to shift gears again to bring some energy back to Brewsters Running.

I believe that a lot of people find themselves at crossroads like the one’s Chris and I have been at recently, and end up deciding that it’s all too hard to juggle more than 1 or 2 things in their life, so they drop every non-essential ball and walk away. I’m a firm believer that if you have a passion for something and want it bad enough, you can always find a way to do far more than most people think is possible.
Case in point, I currently run 3 businesses, work as an industry consultant and still find time to spend with my kids, run regularly, have leisure time and go on holiday. It’s not a special power that I was born with, it’s just a realisation that there is a lot of time wasting that goes on, and if you cut it out it doesn’t take away from your life, it actually adds value.

So the next time you find that you are being torn in two different directions, remember that the race is long and there is almost always an opportunity to do and explore and try it all. Just shift gears when needed, but stay the course.


Run long,

Shaun Brewster.

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  1. The Seagull
    3 months ago

    Giving up will be more painful than anything else one could have done….. pain is temporary but quitting is forever!

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