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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

FOR HIS DEBUT 26.2-MILER ISAAC WILLIAMS TAKES ON THE LITTLE-KNOWN VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON – AND FINDS THAT IT’S QUITE A LONG WAY TO RUN

Thousands of feet drum the Tarmac. Screams and cheers numb the senses: a cacophony of deafening noise, a wall of sound. “Don’t get carried away”, they said. “Pace yourself.” But they don’t understand. They don’t know how it feels. So what if it’s mile two? So what if I’ve got no prior marathon experience and the last few weeks of training have been hampered by a variety of actual and imagined ailments? In the immortal words of Steve Prefontaine: “The only pace is suicide pace, and today is a good day to die.”

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Men's Running special edition - 25 races to do before you die. The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results: it's a phrase that many of us runners can attribute to our running exploits. It's so easy to do the same events every year and never branch out, and yet life outside our personal bubbles is big, bold and exciting. As a former editor of this esteemed publication, I have been afforded the chance to race all over the world. I have done this not because I expected to be any good at the events I attended - quite the opposite in fact - but because it propelled me out of my running rut and towards a goal that was simply about finishing and enjoying the race. I have never had a bucket list of races I wanted to tick off, but, if I did, I imagine that many of them would be included in this Men's Running special. We've literally scoured the world of running to bring you some of the finest, most spectacular, most interesting and sometimes most unusual of events. It's been a journey that has taken us from the icy temperatures of Arctic Sweden to reggae-infused Jamaica, with a few obstacles and even some horses thrown in. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.