It is 10 years to the day since I first put on a pair of runners and stepped outside my front door to run the 2 mile loop around the block as my first training session for Dublin City Marathon 2006, having committed to running the once in a lifetime event with Adrian over the Christmas holidays. The first 200 yards felt effortless as we glided along. Half a mile in we could feel the fatigue setting in and our early brisk pace had slowed to a jog. By the time we had completed a mile we were struggling and wishing for the finish. 1.5 miles in Adrian stopped and walked but I struggled on until the 2 miles were complete. Two day later we completed the same loop with much less stress, at 2 minutes per mile slower - my first lesson in pacing, although I didn't know it at the time.
Since then I have covered about 22,500 miles on foot and learned a few lessons about myself along the way..............and had some fun!