About This Site – Running A Half Or Full Marathon

Marathon Running For All Ages, Shapes And Sizes

Marathon Running For All Ages, Shapes And Sizes

Themidlifemarathoner site is dedicated to those folk of all shapes and sizes, all over the world, who are out there running and training for a half or full marathon – whether it be for the very first time, or for their 50th. If you have never run a step then worry not – you are not alone.

Hopefully you will find the site informative and entertaining. The objective is to focus on those elements of running and training that really matter most. Although relatively new in existence the site is being updated all the time so feel free to stay in touch if you enjoy what you see – and by all means tell others about it to.

The term ‘Midlife’ does not really reflect on a age group but more a certain mindset. ‘Midlife’ applies to anyone who has been around long enough (whether that is 21 or 81 years old) to know that none of us are immortal and that most of the time we have aches and pains and bits that don’t quite work the way they should. Yet despite this there is a quiet determination to get our there, face our fears and our demons and give it ago. All the while being willing to encourage and share with others.

Why a half or a full marathon? Because they are hard, difficult and something to be immensely proud of? Yes. But perhaps more so because

To believe this [marathon] story you must believe that the human race be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible. Last Sunday, in one of the most trouble-stricken cities in the world, 11,532 men and women from 40 countries in the world, assisted by over a million black, white and yellow people, laughed, cheered and suffered during the greatest folk festival the world has seen.

UK Olympian and Co-Founder of The London Marathon Chris Brasher’s observation of the 1979 New York Marathon

Enjoy!

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My name is Andrew and I live in the UK. I am married with 3 girls.

After a career as a Management Consultant spanning 20+ years, I left the bright lights of the city and am focusing my attention on Leadership Coaching and Development. In truth, I felt there was more to life than Microsoft PowerPoint and I have always enjoyed people development and while life as a freelancer scares the bejesus out of me – it has given me renewed energy.

At the same time as changing job, I wanted to take the opportunity to get fit again. When I say “fit” I mean properly fit. Not just a couple of weeks of effort followed by months inactivity (other than talking about getting fit and buying loads of gear) until my next ‘fitness fad’ came around!!

So back in October 2014, I decided that enough was enough and I was going try and start running – again! The challenge was that I was over-weight, really lacked any self-belief or had any real idea of where to start next. My state of mind was not helped by the fact I had recently undergone a series of knee operations which had had a slow (and painful) rehabilitation!

Despite all of this negativity, I found myself really wanting to run a marathon. On one hand it felt completely impossible, but on the other if felt like a real tangible goal, which, if I could achieve it would instil real belief and pride that I had achieved something special. I could have chosen the half-marathon – which is also a tough nut to crack – but in my head it had to be the full 26.2 miles. I really wanted to say that I was “a marathon runner”.

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