I was at my girls weekend at I managed to rope in my mate Zennor to coming to Salzburg in Austria with me to run a 38.5 mile race through the mountains. We both did it and finished with smiles on our faces. It was an awesome experience. Running is amazingly simple - one foot in front of the other, pump your arms and off you go.
You can run half a mile, a half marathon or run around the world. Hell I never thought I would be running 38.5miles but it's amazing what the body is capable of. And let's face it, at my novice level i didn't run the whole thing. You power walk up the side of the mountains, jog along the top and run down the other side, and do it again. And again. All the way to the finish. There were regular aid stations serving all sorts of calorific, salty treats. I remember reaching the point where we had run a marathon. And still had a half marathon to go.
I wore my little light weight back pack with a water bladder filled to the brim, I had snacks and a sun hat. My Saucony running shoes were amazing and although I had compeed on my arches I was surprised not to get one blister unlike poor Zennor who got a corker.
Ironman is in September. Exciting times.