Hi, Ben at the Bristol shop here.
Yesterday my girlfriend Hannah and I booked our places for the Venice Marathon in October.
We both fell in love with the city last year and, despite the heat, found running around the backstreets and over the little bridges a lot of fun. So we were ecstatic at the opportunity to get a holiday, raise some money for charity, and set ourselves a new challenge all at once.
But then there's a problem - we've never run that far before. We've done a few half-marathons, but never pushed it beyond that 13 mile limit. Also, I've still not shifted the Winter-weight that I worked so hard cultivating (I can't believe it's June already!) The dread feeling of the unknown and a huge training schedule has clouded over me!
Has anyone done the Venice course before? Is anyone doing it this year? And are there any little-known pearls of wisdom that you can impart about long-distance running in general?