It's funny looking back, because my very first marathon because wasn't even my own idea!
One Friday night when I was a medical student, a friend rushed into my room and told me he entered us in a marathon for the next day! It was in Capetown, South Africa and we had a view of Table Mountain for most of the 26 miles.
Since then, I've run 112 marathons and have learned incredible lessons from each one.
The greatest lesson so far, is that it is not so much about the marathon itself as the preparation preceding it. It's all about finding a pace that works for me, rather than competing with others and comparing myself to those stronger or weaker than myself.
As it is in life, the hardest thing about running marathons, is learning to endure when the unexpected happens.
Read about my life's hardest marathon here.