When you think of Endurance Athletes, few are more resilient than today’s guest.
Running 9 marathons in 8 days from Belfast to Waterford is hard enough or climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro. However, try doing that while carrying a washing machine. Yes, I said a washing change! That is exactly what Enda O’Doherty did to raise awareness for Mental health.
For anyone who does not already know Enda , here is some background on him:
Enda O’Doherty, an inspirational speaker and endurance athlete who has taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges. His endurance, drive and passion and ability to convey a message have made him a much sought-after speaker. His ability to write and present a bespoke presentation sets him apart. Enda’s endurance C.V. is astounding! He has pushed his physical and mental limits far beyond marathon running. He has completed Iron Man Sweden and Iron Man UK, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, with a 4 km swim, followed immediately by a 180 km bike ride, followed by a full marathon.
As we discuss in this episode, the washing machine is such a good analogy for people struggling with Mental Health. Many of us are walking around carry a massive load on our backs that no one can see until it becomes too heavy to carry anymore.
I am very grateful to Enda for taking the time to chat to me. Only last week he was speaking at The Pendulum Summit in Dublin and was the standout speaker for people I spoke to, who attended the Conference.
In this Episode, we talk to Enda about
- How he grounded himself before his talk at Pendulum.
- His Journey with the Washing Machine.
- Sharing our Load and asking for help
- How he planned for any failure on the Mountain.
- Enda’s limitless belief in what can be achieved.
- The amazing cover on his book – I’m Fine.
- The level of dishonesty during his journey with Alcoholism.
- Pursuing happiness, on a daily basis.
- What does Mindful Living mean to Enda?
- Embracing those tough days.
- The beauty in his early morning walks.
- How happiness is different for everyone.
You can also check out Enda on his own Podcast, The Might, Mini Podcast. I have all of Endas connection details on our show notes page as well as links to support networks that may help, if you are struggling yourself and could do with extra support.
If you are new to our Podcast, I would encourage you to look back at some of the past episodes and see how Mindful Living can mean something different to everyone. The most important thing is to embrace what works for us so we can be more present in our days and appreciate our Moments, as they happen.
Enda’s Book – I’m Fine
How to Contact Enda
We touch on some sensitive subjects in this episode. My advice is always to talk, talk, talk and know its ok to not feel ok. If you feel like you need extra support I have added some numbers below.