It started exactly ten years ago. I was unfit and overweight, and a friend was encouraging me to take up running. “Sure, why not. How hard can it be?”, I thought. And so, on 30 December 2009 at the age of 36, I went out for my first ever run. Never could I have imagined what those simple beginnings would lead to or what I would be able to achieve over the next ten years.
As I finished my last run of 2016 I was able to reflect a little on my running experiences of the last twelve months. My attempt to run all six world marathon majors (the timmyslam) may have dominated my running calendar this year, but there were plenty of other great experiences and achievements too.
New York City Marathon 2016
What an amazing place to run a marathon. What a wonderful race to mark the end of my 2016 world marathon majors challenge. What a brilliant experience to share with my family; the conclusion of the Timmyslam.
Chicago marathon 2016
I have wanted to visit Chicago for many years, and it was probably the place I’ve been most looking forward to running in as part of the Timmyslam. It didn’t disappoint. At least, once I got there…
Berlin marathon 2016
It was my first visit to the German capital, and following a really good summer of training I arrived feeling ready and confident for the race ahead. But first, there were a couple of days for exploring Berlin the place.
London marathon 2016
It’s Thursday morning, I’ve just arrived home after an overnight flight, my legs still ache from Monday’s marathon and I need to sleep. But, I’m running the London marathon on Sunday, and I need to get myself organised
Boston marathon 2016
Running the Boston marathon is a dream for many runners, and the pinnacle of their running achievements for many others. But what is it about this race that makes it such an iconic event. Is it because at 120 years it is the world’s oldest annual marathon? Is it the picturesque course that takes you from Hopkinton in eastern Massachusetts into the centre of Boston?
Tokyo marathon 2016
Tokyo is a fascinating city to visit and it was a privilege to find myself running in the 10th Tokyo marathon on 28 February 2016. Distance running is an obsession in Japan, and it was no surprise to find a city in such anticipation ahead of the race.
It is now less than a month until my 2016 running challenge begins in Tokyo and yet I feel as unprepared for a race as I have ever done. When I started planning my attempt at all six 2016 World Major Marathons (the timmyslam) last summer I was riding high…