A fat bloke’s guide to running a marathon

Nick Barlow
11 min readAug 5, 2019

So, you want to run a marathon — or scarier still, you’ve told people you’re going to run a marathon — and you’re now wondering just how you’re going to do that. You’ve taken a look around at various training guides and noticed they all seem to be written for people who are much fitter and more active than you and are surrounded by pictures of people who look nothing like you. Even when there are before and after pictures, the before looks much fitter and slimmer than you can imagine being and the after might as well be animated for all the chance you have of getting like that.

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Nick Barlow

Former academic and politician, now walking, cycling and working out what comes next. https://linktr.ee/nickbarlow