Zoe Asks – Sarah Bailey

I asked “What top tip would you give to women, wanting to become the best version of themselves?”

“When I was unwell and low a few years ago, I bought a pair of trainers and went for a run. Well run is probably stretching the definition somewhat. I actually did ‘Scout’s pace’ (something I’d learned as a kid… twenty paces walking, twenty paces of somewhat ungainly trotting)… I could keep it up for 12 minutes at least and when I calculated the ground I’d covered afterwards (to the Heath, round the running track and home again) I reckoned I’d run a mile. The thing is, my goal was so modest that I was pretty sure I could do my funny Scout ‘s pace mile no matter how dark and ill I felt; so I told myself I really had no excuse to sag off as we used to say at school. And over time and on good days I found I didn’t need to do the walking bit at all, I could run the whole way. Putting one foot in front of the other… There are so many reasons why that little morning run helps me be a better version of me: it’s a moving meditation for sure (ten minutes or so, to let thoughts flow and come and go; it can be very creative thinking time). It’s also ‘light therapy’ just being outside in nature for a brief moment before the commute and the office-bound day.
I guess it also symbolises progress and the fact that we can take control and shape our habits even when life appears to be conspiring against us.

So if you are feeling defeated, do slip on those sneakers”.

Sarah Bailey

Executive Brand Editor PORTER magazine

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