Karl Gruber has been a runner for 35+ years, and has logged over 50,000 miles of running. He has completed 78 marathons and 2 Half Iron Man triathlons. In 1996-’97, Gruber successfully ran and completed 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money and awareness for leukemia research. He is the author of the book Running For Their Lives, and he continues to run on a daily basis for his health, wellbeing and sanity.
One of the last things some runners want to hear is that they need to cross-train. However the merits of developing and maintaining a stronger, more balanced body are something that can most definitely keep you going in the long run.
Don't get caught in the middle of a run having issues! Use this to-do list to take care of the practical, simple things before you start. There is nothing worse than being stuck on a run with a problem, and knowing there is nowhere to stop for another 5 or 6 miles.
Once you decide to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles, don’t be surprised when the word “crazy” starts getting thrown about by the people around you. Truth be told, they just may be envious that you have what it takes to take on such a gargantuan challenge.