Patience, Patience, Patience

Patience, Patience, Patience

We all know the old saying of patience being a virtue; it’s just a fact of life that we need a little patience so often in whatever we’re working towards, anything worth doing will undoubtedly take a little time. It’s so common for our patience to really be tested on the journey to our goals and its here that we develop ourselves, so much of our experiences and the valuable things we can take from them lie in the journey rather than the destination.

For me, this week has been a good stepping stone along the way on my road to recovery and I know that now is the time I need to start rebuilding and laying good foundations that I can succeed in the future. After starting my rehab plan, it has become clear that I am going to need to be patient as what I do now in order to repair my body and prepare it to run again is what will pay dividend in the long term. Sure rehab is not always the most enjoyable time; painful muscle palpations, saddle sore inducing cycling and stretching that can be…well rather stretching, are not some exactly some of my favourite pastimes but it is what’s needed to get me back on my feet (literally!) and now it is really down to my mental strength to follow what I need to do to progress my recovery. I’ve even been jumping in at the deep end (again, literally!) by using swimming and aqua jogging as a means of turning my legs over.

Not trying to run before I can walk is definitely a pretty appropriate phrase to apply to my situation right now but I think it can be a really good message to take forward, if you stay hungry, stay humble and stay motivated you can achieve anything if you have a little patience and a bit of perseverance.

Anyway, have a great week guys, go out and work hard on whatever it is you want to achieve and be the person you want to be.


Hopefully everyone is looking forward to national vegetarian week next week, we sure are and we’ll be celebrating by publishing some great veggie friendly recipes for you to try! Until then be sure to check out UK Dietician Nichola Whitehead’s great review of Sativa Shakes on her site, where she has a few fantastic Sativa Shakes based recipes for you that are not to be missed!

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About Roy Barber

‘I am aspiring athlete and fitness enthusiast, currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University, widely regarded as the best course of its type in Europe. I am currently a 3 time County Athletics gold medallist over the sprint disciplines at junior level and am working hard every single day to continually improve myself mentally, physically and athletically. With a great passion for all things fitness and sport, I hope over the coming years to forge a successful and fruitful career in sport, dealing with a variety of aspects such as strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery. ‘ ‘I ended up at Loughborough studying what I am because I’ve known for a few years now if I was going to go to university, sports science was the degree for me, I’ve always loved sport, PE and learning about all the different areas of science in relation to the human body so it was a natural move for me. In terms of why Loughborough specifically, I always heard great things about the university, I had a relative who came here and loved it, and I was incredibly impressed with the campus when I came on an open day and fell in love with the place. Who inspires me to compete is a more difficult question, I’d have to start by saying my coach who has done a fantastic job in turning me into a 'proper athlete'. I am also inspired by a range of people in my life, from world class athletes to friends and family. Roy Barber is 20 years old and comes from a small Leicestershire town called Market Harborough

One Response to “Patience, Patience, Patience”

  1. Nichola May 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Thanks Roy!

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