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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > December 2018 > ARE YOU MARANOID?

ARE YOU MARANOID?

WITH SPRING MARATHONS LOOMING, ‘MARANOIA’ IS NOW IN FULL SWING. ISAAC WILLIAMS TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CONDITION AFFECTING RUNNERS EVERYWHERE

Anxiety can be a strange thing. Often, you know full well that your worries are unfounded and, in some cases, completely absurd. Unfortunately, if anything, the knowledge of your irrationality only serves to heighten it: you start to think about why you’re thinking the way you’re thinking and that’s too much thinking for anyone. Don’t you think? If you’ve ever suffered from maranoia – the pre-marathon anxiety that you’re ill, injured or undertrained – you’ll know this feeling all too well. Read the following four tales of premarathonwoe to help to put your own fears into context.

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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.”