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A marathon challenge: part 2

Breakfast of champions Breakfast of champions

Last Sunday, I ran my longest ever distance – 16 miles. I ate pasta the night before (“carbo-loading”), I had porridge in the morning. I had my energy gel. I was good to go.

Normally, I’m a running purist. I don’t believe in listening to music, I believe in connecting with your surroundings and feeling the physical joy of moving fast.

But not this day. For this day I would be taking on a distance hitherto uncharted. And for this, I would need ENTERTAINMENT. So I took Terry along with me. Terry Wogan on Radio 2 broadcasting to the world between 11-1pm.

And it made a world of difference. I’ve realised now that much of the ‘pain’ I experience in long distance running is actually just boredom. The initial elation passes and I realise I have 5 more miles of trudging to go before I’m allowed to finish – and I convince myself I’m in more pain than I actually am. It’s just my 12 year old self going “I’m boooooooored, when can we go home?”

Having Wogan along with me made the miles fly by. It wasn’t until Terry finished and Elaine Paige took over, subjecting me to songs from the shows, that I experienced pain again. But that was of a musical nature as I really couldn’t be bothered to change stations. So I ran and grimaced through the show tunes of musicals I’ve never even heard of. It was suitable punishment for having an excessive lie-in.

The moral of the story being: get up earlier and make sure you’re back home before Elaine Paige has time to blast your ears with Fiddler on the Roof.

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Catch up with A marathon challenge: Part 1

The initial elation passes and I realise I have 5 more miles of trudging to go before I’m allowed to finish




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