Euan Crumley on Chrissie Wellington: A Life Without Limits

Euan Crumley talks about ‘A Life Without Limits’, Chrissie Wellington’s inspiring tale of athletic endeavour and positive thinking. “A humble, insightful account of jaw-dropping achievement.”

This is the sports book I always find myself going back to. It offers probably the best philosophy towards training that I can think of. ‘Never ever give up — and smile.’

It’s a mantra which helped Chrissie Wellington become a multiple Ironman World champion and, to anyone who wants to undertake a physical endeavour or challenge of any sort, this should be compulsory reading.

It’s a humble, insightful account of jaw-dropping achievement. It’s about squeezing every last drop of potential out of yourself. Fundamentally, though, it’s about savouring the journey, never taking yourself too seriously and simply finding pleasure in what you do.

I’m just one of the vast number of amateur runners out there who can easily get so absorbed in targets and goals that the reason for putting one foot in front of the other in the first place can get lost. When that happens, I turn to these pages. They are a calming, friendly voice which offers the best kind of inspiration.

‘Never give up – and smile.’ As mottos go, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Euan Crumley is Assistant Sports Editor at the Scottish Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, a runner and recent triathlete impersonator.

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