Each week we profile one of the runners taking part in the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork City Marathon this June
Is it your first time running a marathon?
No, this is my fifth marathon. I started running in 2011. Since then, I finished the Cologne marathon a couple of times, Hamburg once. But the most impressive and most challenging experience was by far the Loch Ness marathon which my running team (which consists of my two aunts, two close friends and me) ran two years ago. We are running the Cork marathon together.
Why are you running the marathon this year?
I love to travel and I love to run. So doing things both at the same time, seems to be the perfect way to spend my time! I love to explore new countries and cities. I think there is no better way to get to know a city than by foot, running. I have never been to Ireland and I am really excited about it!
What’s your training/diet regime like?
I follow a 12 -week training program. I run 50-80 Kilometres per week. Usually I do my long runs on Sundays. During the week, I like to squeeze in a 10k every other morning before work.
I try to eat as healthy as I can, but if I am craving a burger, a coke or other unhealthy stuff, I do give in.
Hardest part so far? Best part so far?
The last few kilometers to finish a long run, are the most painful. But I have learned that these last few kilometers are also the most interesting ones and I try to enjoy them as much as I can.
One piece of advice to anyone thinking of doing it in the future?
Running long distance is all about not quitting. Thats my advice: Do not quit. Even if it hurts, if you’re hungry and you feel like you cannot take another step. Yes, you can and you will. You just have to find the beauty in it.
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