We’ve invited some of the ASB team who are participating in the ASB Auckland Marathon or the ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon to share their experience of training for the big day. This is the first entry in the series and is written by James Brown, ASB’s Head of Industry Development.
Why run a marathon? Trust me I have asked myself this question many times. At school I hated long distance running – sprinting was my thing – and when the teacher wanted us to run further than 200m I would fake an injury or say I needed to use the bathroom (anything to miss it!).
Then later in life I found running very therapeutic; it became my time to think, de-stress and see the world through a different lens. I first ran a marathon because someone else couldn’t.
My partner lost her dad, Bruce, to Alzheimer’s and lung cancer. He loved everything about Scotland and was due to visit when he was struck down with illness. And being Scottish myself I decided that, in honour of Bruce, the Edinburgh Marathon would be my first attempt at a marathon. Bruce was cremated so my partner and I decided we would run with some of his ashes so that he finally got to see Scotland. He’d also be in a position to kick our butts should the distance begin to take its toll.
The race was very hard and very emotional for us, his wife and my family.