My first love – as far as running is concerned – is, and will always be, the marathon. When I started running, I didn’t really know about anything else. The marathon was the pinnacle of running as far as I knew and once I had run my first one, I knew that I had to find out what I am capable of.
Since I started running, I have tackled all sorts of races and distances; triathlons, duathlons, ultra-trail races, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, mile races, cross-country… even a 3000m track race. But my favourite – and the one that I wanted to be the best I could be at – was the marathon.
However I am hugely grateful that the marathon has given me the confidence to do so much more. My friend Charlie Dark, founder and leader of the RunDemCrew, talks about the way that running gives people confidence to do so much more with their lives and I completely agree with that. Through running I have had the confidence to have a go at swimming, rock climbing, mountaineering, yoga, surfing, cross-country skiing, ski-mountaineering… the list goes on.
Now, as I get older and busier with the businesses I am involved in, training for a crack at my marathon PB is a commitment I am not prepared to make. So I am exploring other areas. Luckily a gym has just opened up next to the offices that Julie and I operate Freestak and Like the Wind from. So I have been going there to do circuits – press-ups, weighted squats, kettlebell swings are my particular favourites. I’m enjoying doing something different and getting stronger in new ways.
I don’t think I will ever get over my love for marathons. But whilst I know I’m not properly training for 26.2 miles, I am making sure that I’m always fit enough to run one and bringing new aspects to my fitness. All thanks to marathons.