It’s a little over a week since I completed the Verbier St Bernard Marathon Trail in the beautiful Swiss Alps – ascending and descending 3,500 metres – in just under 13 hours. I’ve had plenty of time now to reflect on the experience – the ups and downs, and the highs and lows – physically, mentally and emotionally.

The greatest realisation and respect I have is for the mind, and the role it plays in endurance challenges like this. Physical fitness is of course fundamental, it’s what gets you to the start line, but it’s mental fitness that arguably gets you over the finish line… when you’re out there, pushing the boundaries of physical endurance, it’s our thoughts that are keeping us going, or slowing us down. Why then don’t we put as much time and effort into our mental fitness as we do our physical fitness?

Up until recently my mental fitness came solely from my running – a time for me to completely switch off, to think about nothing more than the hypnotic rhythm of jogging. While this still plays an important part, I also now see the benefits of being still and being totally present – either listening to a guided meditation, focusing on my breath or listening to the sounds of the waves to help me to unwind.

Being mindful and self-aware of your thresholds and stress triggers helps in so many situations – from the mountains to the boardroom… it also plays a crucial role in motivating you to head for the mountains in the first place.

Stands to reason our mental fitness needs way more respect, time and training than we realise. Whether taking part in an endurance sporting event or getting through a challenging project at work, the difference between achieving your goals or not, starts and finishes with the mind.

Set your intention for today, and discover what you can achieve through a total fitness approach in mind, body and soul.

To help get inspired, pop along to one of POINT3 Wellbeing’s health and wellness events on 4 & 5 August.

On International Day of Happiness (and the first official day of Spring), I’m excited to share some news about a project that I’ve been formulating behind the scenes with a couple of legends (and future business partners). While we’re not quite ready to launch, it seems appropriate – as it’s a day to encourage and celebrate happiness – to provide a sneak peak into our concept…

POINT3 is a new approach to mind and body fitness with the aim of inspiring people to move more mindfully and be their very best – in mind, body and soul. You can find out a little more about our vision and follow our journey on Instagram at point3wellbeing.com.

In a couple of months I’ll say farewell to a fulfilling career in marketing to pursue this passion for fitness and wellbeing. Nicky, Sion and I (pictured above on our first ever shared run/happy experience three years ago) are all passionate about the benefits that fitness, mindfulness, nutrition and community have on both mental and physical wellbeing, and are keen to use our events experience of “bringing people together” to create a new way of life that has a positive effect on the management and prevention of stress.

Follow our journey from start-up to push-up, and we look forward to sharing more details over the coming months.

Be well, be happy, be you x