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VIVA VALENCIA!

IGNORING RECEIVED RUNNING WISDOM, MR’S ISAAC WILLIAMS HEADED TO SPAIN FOR THE VALENCIA MARATHON ON THE BACK OF SOME LOW-MILEAGE TRAINING

Nestled on Spain’s southeastern coast, with Barcelona to the north and Madrid to the west, Valencia is a port city steeped in history but defined by modernity; its newly built focal point, the City of Arts and Sciences – a two-kilometre stretch of architecture at its most flamboyant – dominating the skyline.

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I never had any desire to run a marathon. Yes, I watched it religiously every year from 1984 when Charlie Spedding set the then-English record and marveled at the speeds. But it didn’t hold any appeal for me. I was a track runner, a thoroughbred, an out-and-out speed merchant; the thought of running 26 miles consecutively, back-to-back, was just too monstrous a thought. And then I started working in running and I realised that, for 99% of the population, running IS marathons. No one ever says ‘ah, you’re a runner, what’s your 1500metre time?’. The first question anyone asks is ‘have you run a marathon?’. Fortunately, I’m now in the happy position to say yes. Several in fact. And more half marathons than I can actually remember. But running a marathon still isn’t easy. If it was, more people would have done it. It takes training, and work, and effort and a resilient mindset that says ‘I’m not going to give up on this journey’. In this special issue, we reveal the secrets, the highs and lows and the training that can get you round a marathon. There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re an experienced marathoner. As Emil Zatopek famously said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”