I LOVE Eddie Izzard!
I’ve just done a telly-watching marathon over the last few days. Telly watching’s not a habit of mine; however, there have been three programmes/series on recently which I’ve found really compelling, inspirational, and one in particular, very moving. Don’t want to rank them in any order, so I’ll start with the one I’ve just finished watching – all about marathons – definitely not the telly-watching variety!
Eddie Izzard (comedian, transvestite and now runner) is a legend. Last summer he ran 43 marathons in 51 days round the UK. Yes, you read that correctly. 43 marathons in 51 days. The programmes are all about how this very funny man dealt with the physical and mental torture of this gruelling challenge WITHOUT ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE OF BEING A RUNNER. How he sometimes accepted the help of professionals – then at other times stubbornly ignored the advice of professionals in order to achieve his goal; how he sat in ice-cold baths, ate 20 potatoes in one go and then gave away ice-creams from his personal ice-cream van in order to raise cash for Sport Relief!
As I watched his progress around the country I felt completely humbled and moved to see the courage, good humour and dogged determination shown by this man as he strove to inspire people – crashing through his comfort zones many times over – in order to make a contribution to others.
I liked Eddie Izzard before I watched this; he made me laugh and gave me an opportunity to question what was going on in the world around me. Now I LOVE Eddie Izzard because he’s inspired me to crash through a few of my comfort zones and get out there and make a difference in the world. Watch this and allow him do the same for you.
Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, http://bbc.co.uk/i/r8zr8/
PS – haven’t forgotten about the other two inspirational programmes/series I mentioned earlier – more on those later!
PPS – just off for a run (a very short one!)