The Coventry Half Marathon draws thousands of runners from across the country and raises tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.
Last year, a record breaking number of runners crossed the start line of the 13.1 mile course.
An estimated 4,000 people ran the race in February to raise money for a number of local and national charities and good causes.
How about if we told you that within a month of taking the plunge and signing up for a marathon you will not only feel better but you will sleep better, eat better and even look better?
How quickly you run one is not as important as saying you were actually able to finish one.
If you ever found your friends and family slightly hesitant at agreeing with you that you actually do possess super-human strengths?
Well then running a marathon will prove to them you were right all along!
Two local charities have also been named as Coventry Half Marathon charity partners, with The Myton Hospices and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice both coming on board for the 2017 event.
To register for the event, which will take place in the city on Sunday 19 March, click here to guarantee your place on the starting line in Coventry city centre.
Perhaps not in the style of Adrian Mole, but more a record of what you have done each time you have trained and how you felt as you did so.
Looking back on particularly hard days and seeing how you got the job done is a wonderful source of motivation as you move through your training plan.
It’s also a really good resource for identifying any problems that may occur along the way.
Were you hungry before you trained? Did you have a stressful day at work?
The more information you write down the easier it is to reassure yourself it’s just a blip when things seem harder than usual.
Tell as many people as possible that you are going to run your marathon and when it is.
This will not only impress the socks of them, but also help them encourage you when you may find the going tough in the depths of your training.
Phrases such as ‘we know you can do this’ and ‘we believe in you’ from loved ones really do go a long way if you ever find yourself a little de-motivated during your training.
A wise old bean once mentioned that the capital of Italy took longer than 24 hours to construct, so don’t worry about still feeling a little unfit in the first few weeks of your schedule.
It’s called ‘training’ for a reason, and with this in mind, be patient and keep perspective on how long your marathon journey is.
Once your body starts figuring out the ‘new you’ is here to stay, it will play ball.
We have all heard of the quest to achieve the perfect ‘work/life’ balance, well during your training, look at achieving your ‘run/life’ balance too.
Yes you are committing to a wonderful and at times intense running journey, but enjoy the view as you progress through it.
Special occasions are still special so the odd day when other things apart from running take priority is totally fine.
Advance planning so the ‘day after’ isn’t a long morning run will help too.
Feeling more confident that you’re making the right choice by running a marathon?
Good! Believe it or not, there are thousands of people thinking the same thing.
Use social media to share your experiences along the way, read about others in the same position to keep things fun and interesting along the road to your big day.
Just when you thought the buzz of running a marathon couldn’t get any better, there’s more!
It turns out that the inspirational nature of your marathon journey is a great way to raise funds for good causes too.
Knowing you are running for others as well as yourself is a great tonic, and is a fantastic way to let friends and family show how much they admire your efforts.
Choose a good cause, let people donate to it as you run your 13.1miles and feel even better about yourself when you cross that finishing line.
Believe it or not, you will have an enormous amount of fun running the race itself.
There’s nothing like being inside the barriers during a big sporting event and a marathon will let you do so.
The feeling of running with thousands of people and being cheered on by many more thousands is quite unique and will power you through the tough miles.
Be warned, though; crossing that finish line at the end of your marathon journey can be an emotional experience, so be prepared to shed a tear when you do.