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Posted 10 May 2019
byPaul Zaleski

Paul Zaleski – Marathon Training Blog Part 6

Paul running with son












Since the last blog post, Paul Zaleski’s runs have varied from a 20 miler to a 1.5 mile Easter rabbit fun run. As marathon day draws ever closer, we spoke to Paul about 10 things he’s learnt during the training process…

  • Dealing with the elements – There is nothing more demoralising than thinking you’re setting a cracking pace on a run only to turn around at the halfway point and realise you’re running all the way back into a gale force wind.
  • Scenery – After around 14 miles, stunning scenery is no longer of any relevance.
  • Beach running – There is nothing dignified about trying to run on the beach.
  • Music tastes change – Some of the music I listened to when I was 15, and revisited on some of my longer runs, isn’t quite up to the awesome standard I remember.
  • Music in general – Most of the music I listened to when I was 15 is still far better than anything I’ve heard in the last 10 years (although I’m hoping the Lego Movie 2 soundtrack still keeps me down with the kids).
  • Roads aren’t what they seem – Roads in Devon that seem flat when you drive on them aren’t on foot.
  • Sports drinks – All sports drinks taste disgusting if you have to drink more than half a litre of them.
  • The downhills – After enough miles it hurts more running down a steep hill than up it.
  • Sprint finishes – Nothing provokes a quicker sprint finish in a 7 year old girl on a fun run than the realisation her 5 year old brother is hot on her heels and about to overtake her on the line.
  • No sympathy – I shouldn’t expect sympathy from my wife for being tired after a long run when my sluggish pace over the last few miles means she’s had to delay the start of the final episode of Line of Duty for over half an hour.

And finally, 26.2 miles is a long way, a very long way.

Paul is running in the Exeter Marathon to raise money for Tozers’ charity of the year, Age UK Exeter. If you would like to donate, please visit his JustGiving page here.

More information can be found about Exeter City Community Trust’s 2019 running events here.

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Paul Zaleski

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