The Poseidon Athens Half Marathon is one of our favorite races – even though it is a little longer than a normal half marathon, the route is breathtaking as it goes along the Athens South Riviera coastline.
I knew right away once I had done my first half marathon that I was ready to do a marathon too! Before that, running was just for my personal fun as I live by the beach and the beauty of running on the coastline always captivated me.
I had read many articles on other first time “offenders” and knew that I had to do it the right way ….. that is with a personal trainer. My choice of a coach could not have been a better one than Touma Bayoumi – amazing athlete and the best coach ever!! I used to see him run and admired his running stride and when I met and spoke to him I saw what a wonderful person he was too. He just makes things so easy and possible – he makes you believe and want to better yourself.
My training took four months – Touma and I decided that I would do my marathon in spring (in March specifically) so as not to suffer too much with training in the hot summer months.
As I mentioned in the first part, it is very important to have a good coach that understands and gives you a program that suits your capabilities. It is also equally important to have your family’s support, as your training period is not short and it takes a lot of your time and energy.
In the beginning, it is all exciting – you see your long run kilometers increasing ……..past 20 – 22 – 25 – 30. You are so happy with yourself for what you have achieved so far. Continue reading →