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The thing that many people I meet say, when I mention marathon running, is that they would love to run a marathon but the thought of running “all that way in training” is overwhelming and unrealistic. And I agree – it does sound like that – at least it did to me when I began. But once you start running, the very act of running makes running further and faster ever more achievable. This was brought home as the Swiss and I sat in the garden this afternoon after our long runs and she said that she noted that I’d run twenty two and a half miles this morning – “almost a marathon”. I could only respond by saying that she too had gone well in excess of the half marathon distance before lunch, something that when we met a couple of years ago seemed to her like a huge distance that itself needed masses of training for… and now going over 13.1 miles is just a training run.

When I started running, the combined effects of poor diet, smoking and drinking meant that my first run of just over a mile took 11 minutes and I finished retching and gasping for breath. My first half marathon – the Great North Run was a huge success because I finished in under 2 hours (but only just!) and I thought the training had been the hardest thing I’d ever done. Now, as my marathon training enters a crucial phase, I quite often run a half marathon before breakfast or after work (and my half marathon PB has dropped from 01:57:24 in 2005 to 01:16:44) and believe me if I can do it, anyone can!

So my point is this – running has a fantastic way of making one better at running! So start, whatever shape you’re in and enjoy the journey, whether that leads you to 10Ks, half marathons, marathons, ultra-marathons, multi-day stage races, it will change your life for the better, I give you that guarantee!

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