The Road to Marathon
In October 2015, I ran my first marathon. That whole year I had trained and cried and dragged myself to that final 26.2 miles. But it was also one of the best experiences of my life. And since then, although I have barely managed to get my running trainers on, I have always sworn that I would do one again.
This year is the year I want to get back up to marathon running. I run with my dad, and that means we both have to be fit enough. Due to varying health reasons, an actual marathon may not be possible this year. However, we have already picked our next two races. The first one will be Athens. After both of us read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, we became obsessed with the Athens marathon. This is – famously – the first ever marathon, and you can run the original route every November.
Thankfully, it is in November, which means it will be quite cool. But it also feels that this is one race that I really have to do. I expect I will be raising money for charity again, but equally this is a marathon that I want to do to prove to myself that I can.
One step further than that, though, is that I’ve slightly lost my mind and decided that a marathon in Greece isn’t enough. My greatest aim is to run the marathon that is hosted on the Great Wall of China.
I’ll let that sink in for a minute – because the Wall is not only fairly uneven but it’s pretty much all steps. So I do think I might have gone a bit bonkers on this one. But it’s something that I am dying to do. I have spent so long fighting with my own body image, and this year I turn 30 – and so I want to do something that shows how strong my body is. I am constantly surprised by how powerful my body is, and this time I really want to see what it can do.
This might not happen this year either (considering it’s in May), but I have decided that in order to be able to do both of these marathons, that this year I need to be back up to fitness for running that kind of distance. That means a lot more running for me – my trainers are already looking nervous – with long runs every weekend. Time to earn those brunches.
Do you have any fitness goals this year? What are they?