Fiona Oakes - Searching for pain in pursuit of purpose
It is very easy to hear the story of multiple world record holding, vegan since 6 years old, one kneecap only, endurance athlete Fiona Oakes and think she's crazy or superhuman. Watch Keegan Kuhn's 'Running for Good' or listen carefully to this podcast and you'll discover a shy, honest woman who simply wants to end suffering for humans and animals alike. Fiona has a very straightforward, old-fashioned, action-orientated approach that we can all learn from.
In this conversation Fiona sheds light on:
- the 'doing' motivation versus the 'achieving' motivation
- how she moved 'pain and suffering' from the 'Avoid' section to the 'Seek' section
- pain in training being like depositing money in the bank and withdrawing it on race day
- how purpose trumps talent every day of the week
- how this 'talent-less' runner broke 4 endurance world records
- her adventures in 3 Marathon de Sable (often seen as the world's toughest foot race)
- what it's like to experience the freedom of pain, discomfort and despair
- what it's like to live a 'no negotiation' life
- her model of "I'll do things at 100% or I'll do something different"
- ditching the Garmins and simply listening to your body
- her belief that congratulating herself will stunt motivation
- when it's appropriate to hide injuries from the doctor
- the importance of grandparents
- a life-time of veganism
- how putting others first, puts her first
- her super-talent of 'determination'
- why she prefers to tell people what she's done rather than what they should do
- hitting 100% as she crosses the line
- learning how to fix herself