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No time to lose


This month, our Big Marathon Challengers received some timely advice from the guys at High5 and Solgar, ensuring they can tackle the business end of training safe in the knowledge that their nutrition strategy and joint health has been taken care of. They also went for a bespoke gait analysis with Asics – resulting in shoes fit for their feet. So, with external factors taken care of, there’s now only one thing for it: making the next few weeks count. Last issue, confidence was high but, with their respective marathons looming into view, have any niggles or doubts threatened to derail their training?

Name: Stephen Ingledew

Age: 54

Job: Financial services executive

Location: Edinburgh

Marathon: London

Twitter: @IngledewStephen

The Asics gait analysis was useful in reaffirming to me the level of support I needed from my running shoes. This is particularly important as I build up my weekly mileage, especially the length of the slow easy run at the weekends. I slightly over-pronate and, therefore, I learned a couple of years ago that I need to be careful in my shoe selection to avoid injuries of various kinds. I now always have two pairs of ‘active’ trainers that I alternate between during the week and I ‘retire’ each pair after about 300 to 400 miles to make sure I am continually getting the right support.

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I’ve put that question to runners of all abilities – some professional, some amateur, all keen – and their answers are varied and unique. For some, self-improvement is their motivation, whether to lose weight, overcome health issues – both physical and mental – or to simply be fitter. For others running is key to their social life, a community brought together by a common interest, and the friendships made within it. For those who have the talent and determination to compete at the highest level, it has become their livelihood. Then there are runners who do it just for fun, they always have, and they always will. I’m a recent convert, I managed to avoid running for most of my adult life. Maybe my attitude was formed in school where I showed zero aptitude. That didn’t change in my 20s when exercise was way down my list of priorities. As I got older I started to focus more on my fitness but, still, running never figured. But now, if I’m honest, I feel slightly foolish for leaving it so long, as I can see how a few weekly runs would have improved virtually every aspect of my life in some way. Plus I’d be a hell of lot faster than I am at the moment. I’m now one of those annoying born-again runners, the type forever extolling the virtues of “lacing up my trainers and getting out there.” I’m in good company though, as having bought this magazine I’m guessing you’re pretty enthusiastic too. I look forward to bringing you the best magazine dedicated to our shared passion in the months to come.