San Francisco, California

You know how sometimes you have to plunge yourself into a commitment before you have a chance to think about it too much? And then tell everybody about it before you change your mind? And then it’s too late and you’re irrevocably committed? Oh mon dieu, what have I done?!

I have just signed up to run with Dean Karzanes on the 49th of his 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in 50 states – I plan to run with him in New Jersey on 4th November. His website assures me that he will be aiming for a finishing time of 4:30 to 5:00. Given that my PB was 3:19, on the face of it that doesn’t sound too challenging.

The big difference is; this time I am giving myself less than 3 months to prepare. I’ve done two marathons before – New York in 1998 and London in 2001 – but both times I gave myself at least 6 months to get ready. I have rarely felt as unfit and overweight as I do now. Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

Or maybe this is just exactly what I need to get me back on the dietary straight and narrow, and to give a much-needed fillip to my training regime.

It’s going to be tough. But if Dean can do 50 marathons in 50 days, a total of 1,310 miles, surely I can find it in myself to trot out a teensy-weensy little 26.2…

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