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Paul Zaleski’s Marathon Training Diary | He survived!
Exeter Running Festival took place on Sunday 19th May and was a fantastic day involving a children’s run, a half marathon and a full marathon!
If you have been following on social media, you will know that Paul Zaleski from our Teignmouth office has been following a training schedule for several months to gear up for the marathon. We are so proud of Paul for heroically completing the marathon! In his own words, here’s how he found the day:
Having started training in the midst of winter it turned out conditions on Sunday morning were pretty much ideal for running, albeit perhaps slightly warmer than anticipated! There was even a refreshing breeze when running up the river which certainly made a pleasant change to the winds I’d been used to training in along the sea wall between Teignmouth and Dawlish.
As with any running event it’s really the volunteers helping on the day to guide the runners along the course and hand out water that make it and they were all fantastically supportive all the way round, particularly the wave of Tozers’ purple that greeted us on the Countess Wear Bridge! Two lap circuits can always seem a bit intimidating when you can’t help thinking ahead to what sort of state you’ll be in when you’re running that same stretch again in a couple of hours’ time – the last 6 miles certainly turned into quite a slog! Luckily by then there were plenty of people out enjoying their Sunday and urging us on to the finish as we passed.
All in all it went pretty well and I was pleased to end up finishing much quicker than I was anticipating in 4hrs12mins39secs. While it would be a stretch to call it fun it was certainly a day to remember. A massive thank you has to go to all involved in organising and helping on the day and those who have donated to my just giving page for Age UK Exeter. Now I’m looking forward to a bank holiday weekend where I’m not having to work out how I’m going to squeeze in a 3 and a half hour training window!
Congratulations to everyone who took part on Sunday and a huge thanks to organisers, City Community Trust.
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