Finding My Feet: My Story

Finding My Feet: My Story

by Hanny Allston

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Overview

'In nothingness there are only the heartbeats of hope.
I vow to myself that I will clamber out of this hole.
I will find my feet and flourish.'

At 19, Hanny Allston faces a 'perfect storm'. Her father is terrifyingly ill. Beside his hospital bed, she teeters painfully on crutches after surgery that could end her sporting career. Her future in medicine is in peril because the university cannot defer her studies.

From these depths, Hanny rises, step by step. Knocked back by further tragic losses and a relationship with a false friend—Anorexia—she continues to strive to find her feet.

Despite the times of struggle, Hanny's story glows. The idyllic, unconventional childhood on a small organic farm in Tasmania. The pre-dawn chlorine fumes of swim squad before school. The spirited beauty of wilder adventures with her parents and older brother.

The rapid rise to athletic stardom. She becomes the first and only non-European World Champion in orienteering, and flirts with her potential for the Olympic marathon. The call Hanny eventually answers, however, is wilder. She becomes a champion ultra-distance trail runner, and a coach to others who  seek the wild potential inside themselves.

Finding My Feet is a luminous story of hope, determination and possibility. Hanny Allston shares her life with courageous honesty. Her goal is that her playful spirit and rise above adversity can inspire you, too, to find your feet.

 

Hanny Allston is a peak performance coach with a heritage in assisting trail and ultra-distance runners to reach the pinnacle of their potential. She is an author, keynote speaker and host of The Find Your Feet Podcast where she shares the voices that need to be heard. She was 2006 World Orienteering Champion and is a past winner of both the Melbourne and New Zealand Marathon Championships. She is the current race record holder for multiple road, trail and ultra-running events, and has achieved many of the fastest known times on remote trails. She is truly a creature of the wild, and Hanny's feet are at their happiest in a pair of muddy trail shoes … exploring.         

Product Details

BN ID: 2940164392994
Publisher: Find Your Feet Australia
Publication date: 05/07/2020
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Hanny Allston is a peak performance coach with a heritage in assisting trail and ultra-distance runners to reach the pinnacle of their potential. She is also the founding director of Find Your Feet (est. '09), an award-winning business specialising in outdoor retail and trail running tourism. Hanny is an author, keynote speaker and host of The Find Your Feet Podcast where she shares the voices that need to be heard. In 2015 she was awarded the Tasmanian Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year and in 2018 her business, Find Your Feet, won the Telstra Small & Succeeding Business of the Year. You can find more about her business at www.findyourfeet.com.au and www.findyourfeettours.com.au.
Hanny has an elite background in sport. In 2006, Hanny was the first non-European to win a World Orienteering Championship and the only junior athlete to win the senior and junior titles in the same year. Further to this, she is a past winner of both the Melbourne and New Zealand Marathon Championships, podium finisher in the World Skyrunning Series, and is the current race record holder for multiple road, trail and ultra-running events. Hanny has since turned her feet towards thriving on wilder adventures, and has achieved many of the fastest known times on remote trails, such as a ten-hour traverse of the Western Arthurs and an eleven-hour return journey to Federation Peak in South-West Tasmania, and taking just twelve hours to cover the eight-day long Tasmanian South Coast Track. She is truly a creature of the wild, and Hanny's feet are at their happiest in a pair of muddy trail shoes ... exploring. In July 2019 Hanny ran solo for over 700 km across the French Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Oceans ... in just nineteen days. That story is still to be told!
Hanny Allston is an advisor for recreation, tourism and business management on the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, and the youngest ever councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Tasmanian Council. In 2019 she was nominated for the Australian of the Year Awards.
Hanny's personal philosophy stems strongly from her rich life experiences: BE WILDER. PLAY WILDER. PERFORM WILDER.

Connect with Hanny at: www.hannyallston.com.au

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue 1

PART I GUMBOOTS

Chapter 1 9

Chapter 2 26

Chapter 3 38

Chapter 4 53

Chapter 5 62

Chapter 6 74

Chapter 7 91

PART II NAVIGATING

Chapter 8 103

Chapter 9 111

Chapter 10 130

Chapter 11 137

PART III LOSING MY FEET

Chapter 12 149

Chapter 13 155

Chapter 14 172

Chapter 15 187

Chapter 16 194

Chapter 17 200

PART IV BAREFOOT

Chapter 18 209

Chapter 19 212

Chapter 20 231

Chapter 21 242

Chapter 22 248

Chapter 23 255

Chapter 24 270

Chapter 25 274

Chapter 26 288

Chapter 27 299

PART V FINDING MY FEET

Chapter 28 313

Epilogue 318

An invitation from Hanny 324

Acknowledgments 325

About the Author 327

Coaching Ethos 329

Also by Hanny Allston 333

Find Your Feet Trail Running Tours 335

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