Running on the beach, running on empty

I have taken recently to running on the beach.  Here in Brighton that means stones and groynes to traverse.  I like it from a couple of perspectives.  One, it feels like it’s less impact strain on my body than running on concrete.  Two, it is a more intense workout as currently, within 15 minutes, I am really maxed out.  The other morning I was out running and was on my way back along the beach and was just on the point of starting to walk.  I had fixed a groyne in my mind from two groynes back and was going to stop there.  Just as I was about to reach it, a woman who was standing by it smiled and said ‘you’re doing well’.  Instead of stopping, spurred on by this, I continued and actually did not stop until right back at the start point.  It got me reassociated with the idea that it’s important to encourage people, partly because you have no idea where they are at. You don’t know when someone is just about to give up, in my case on a run (perhaps no big deal), in other cases on a project, a business, a relationship, or their life.  Depending on our way of showing up, we often do not carry around an obvious sign saying ‘I am just about to give up on my dream’.

About Jack Butler

Jack Butler is a social entrepreneur, coach, workshop leader and speaker. His latest venture provides full spectrum human development through coaching, programmes and other development resources for leaders and entrepreneurs. He founded Future Foundations (, a leading youth personal development training organization. He is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jack was the IAB 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up and took a double first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jack spends his time between London and Brighton in the UK and Boulder, CO and the Bay Area in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges (3 Peaks Challenge 2010, Tresco Marathon 2006) and supporting The Simultaneous Policy Organisation ( He is a Partner in Passion and Purpose of the Grubb Guild, a voracious reader of personal, cultural and spiritual development, and likes to inquire, journal, travel and write.
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