ASICS Target 26.2: Good for Age

Good for Age- Sarah

Strengths: "Hills (!) and my bloody-mindedness – I have an inability to give up!"

Weaknesses: "10ks for some reason. Although I do pick the hilly ones..."

About me: "In a year in which I've completed my first half marathons, my first marathon, qualified for World's Toughest Mudder and won my first Parkrun, 2012 has also brought me a spot in ASICS Target 26.2 for the Paris Marathon. I'm not the fastest runner by any stretch of the imagination but I MAY be the most determined to succeed. I've only been running for 2 years but it feels like I've been running all my life and it's one of the things I use to define myself. Going outside in lycra? I'm a runner. Carrying toilet paper on long runs? I'm a runner. Peeing behind trees? I'm a runner. I run because I can. 5 years ago I was 5 stone overweight and a heavy smoker. My idea of healthy living was adding salad to my doner kebab and having garlic sauce. Garlic is a vegetable, right? Now... I run 35 miles a week and think that lycra is an acceptable clothes choice in public. I’ll bring a drive to succeed, a dodgy sense of humour and give a warts and all run down on training with the experts."

Follow Sarah's forum thread - post your advice or training tips and join the debate! You can also follow Sarah on Twitter at @mia79gbr and read her personal blog (when she's not blogging on our forum!): dreamingoffootpaths.blogspot.com.

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