35 years old
I started running regularly when I was an 18-year-old student as a way to keep fit. Doing it cost me next to nothing, save for a pair of shoes, so that was a big part of its appeal. It continued to be my go-to exercise for many years. In my twenties, I challenged myself further by participating in races covering routes between five and 10km in distance. The longest race I did was a half marathon. When I was 30, a back injury unrelated to running and a wonky right knee threw a spanner in the works, and I was forced to focus on more low-impact workouts.
This year, at the age of 35, I started running again, taking it slow to avoid aggravating old injuries. I’m so glad I got back into it. I’d forgotten about that addictive endorphin rush that comes after a run. There’s really no feeling in the world quite like a runner’s high. I’m running this marathon because I want to go all out in achieving a new running goal as I’ve done a half marathon before but never a full one. I also truly believe in living life to the fullest, and running this marathon fulfils this. Plus, the route sounds so exciting! I can’t wait!