Walk before you can run, crawl before you can walk

We’ve been back from Project Walk for nearly 3 months now and I’m balancing training in hospital with Project Walk training in my old university, Trinity College Dublin. I’m training between 12 and 18 hours per week at the moment and this video shows me getting right back to basics by trying to crawl:

“South Pole Simon” O’Donnell, my trainer and one of my team mates from the South Pole Race 2009, trained with me at Project Walk in California. Now he is training me back home and helping me to push the boundaries of what my paralysed limbs can or can’t do.

Before the South Pole Race we had training videos of sprinting whilst dragging tires behind us and doing hand stand press ups. The sort of stuff that we could brag about. But now it’s about learning how to crawl and I’d imagine the video doesn’t look so good.

My hope is that this type of aggressive physical therapy programme will produce some improvement in my paralysed legs. At best the prize for the current indignity could be walking. And at worst, it will keep me fit and ready for any medical interventions that appear in the years ahead.

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7 Responses to “Walk before you can run, crawl before you can walk”


  1. 1 Gary June 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Mark, you rock, keep going, just when I need a kick in the ass to move forward, you always tweet. Gary

  2. 2 Kirstin Conroy June 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Sure looks like hard work but with such dedication and enthusiasm I’m putting my money on this taking you much further than across a mat. Keep it up ! Kirstin Conroy

  3. 3 Liam July 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Mark good to see your back home again and close to your family and friends. Glad to see your pushing your boundaries again and hopefully you will get the breakthrough you deserve. My wife Maria met you after the Late Late show and she said you are just the nicest man and she passes on her regards. All the best Liam.

  4. 4 Greg July 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Keep up the fight Mark, you’re a genuine inspiration.

  5. 5 Gillian Lee August 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve been thinking about you a lot recently. You’re a total inspiration!
    Stay strong,
    Gillian

  6. 6 Suzanne November 5, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve never met you but over the years I’ve followed your story through the papers and television. Nonetheless I only read today that you were injured in an accident, I don’t know how I missed that, but anyway…

    Your mind clearly is as active as ever and your accent is equally sexy.

    For the rest, I have no doubt but that you will persevere and find your own way; few people are as determined and as able as you are.

    Congratulations on all your achievements (past, present and future).

    Suzanne

  7. 7 Jemma January 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    It sounds so feeble as I truly don’t think there’s anything that sums this up but you are truly an inspirational young man and possess something much more impressive and deeper than willpower alone. I dont know you at all but ive doubt that if you believe you’ll walk again, you will.

    All the best with your recovery.


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