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I haven’t talked about it here, but I like to run. Not in a Stephen King / Arnold Schwarzeneggar type of survival game-show, although I’m grateful for the very tenuous scifi link. Initially I ran for fitness with a few people from work, then entered a few events. I lost some weight and loved the sensation of being able to run without getting short of breath. I ran a 10km event and then a half-marathon, and read the brilliant book “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. It still amazes me that there are people that can run ultra-marathons of 100 miles or even more, sometimes day after day.
I knew it was difficult to get into a major event like the London Marathon and knew a few people that had applied for a few years without success before getting a place. So I thought I may as well put in an application. To my surprise, initial excitement, and then subsequent concern and occasional moment of fear, I got a place.
So in 9 days time, on Sunday 21 April 2013, I shall be attempting to run 26.2 miles around the streets of London. Training was going well until I picked up a couple of minor injuries but I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to finish and hopefully it’ll be a great experience. You can read some of my thoughts about running experiences on my other blog here: thebarefootbabbler.blogspot.fr
Or you can check out the exploits of a friend of mine and real ultra-runner here: ultrarunninglife.com
And if you haven’t read Born to Run, take a look. It’s a great read even if you’re not a runner (yet!).