Run A Marathon, change your life!

Running a marathon is an experience that is difficult to put into words. For many it represents a significant experience in their lives, one that they will never forget, as it changes them.

rob de castella marathon

As we approach and enter another Melbourne Marathon campaign, I'd like to share some of my favourite quotes about marathon running that help to describe the physical and mental challenges of the most famous 26.2 mile (42.195km) race. These will inspire, motivate, or maybe frighten you a little.

If you're up for the challenge, now is the time to commit. But be warned, it may just change your life!

“Of all the races there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon”.
— George Sheehan, running author
The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.
— Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.”
— Emil Zatopek, Czech runner, Olympic champion.
“The marathon can humble you.”
— Bill Rodgers, 8 x Marathon champion.
“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. if you feel bad you’re normal. if you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.”
— Rob de Castella, winner 1983 World Marathon Championships.
“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”
— Haruki Murakami
“Anyone can run 20 miles. It’s the next 6 that count”
— Barry Magee, Olympic marathoner, author.
“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon is more than just an athletic achievement. it’s a state of mind; a state of mind that anything is possible.”
— John Hanc, running writer

I could keep going, but better stop there. This stuff gives me tingles, butterflies as most who have gone through the same experience can attest.

It is often said that the hardest part of the marathon is getting through the training, getting to the start line. I couldn't agree more with that statement. That doesn't mean go easy in your training, quite the opposite. That means your training program and how you complete it is vital to your success. This is where many get it wrong, resulting in becoming a non finisher or even worse a non starter. It is very important you get this right from the start.

The objective of a good personalised program is;

1.    Get you to the start line in one piece. This means well prepared, with a race plan, and injury free.

2.    Allow you to the finish the race feeling strong, elated, and more than a bit tired!

3.    Meet your realistic goal race time or perhaps better it.

At Run Well, we can help you to have a successful marathon experience, whether it's your first time , or you are training for a personal best.

Enquire here for your free program assessment, or to ask how we can help you.


Rohan Armstrong

Passionate Running & Osteopathy