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The lottery was drawn today and it’s official – on November 7th 2010 I’ll be lining up on the start line for the New York marathon with 34,999 other runners. If everything goes to plan, I’ll also make it across the finish line…..

The problem is, I’ve attempted a marathon only once before and it didn’t go to plan. I started the 2007 Paris Marathon feeling fit, strong and ready to run. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the crowds were amazing. I was well-prepared and running well. I hit the half-way mark in my target time and felt quietly confident. I knew the eiffel tower was at the 30km mark and started to get a little nervous when I still couldn’t see it. How long can it take to run 9km?

By 30km I was hungry, dizzy and very unhappy. At 35km I started to walk, and wasn’t doing that well. And at 37.5km I wobbled off the road, fainted in the gutter and realised it wasn’t going to happen. Disappointing is an understatement. Why did this happen? I don’t really know. It was partly the heat, maybe because one of my gels fell out of my pocket, I could have trained more and I could have raced smarter. Or maybe it just wasn’t my day?

There’s a bit of background for you, so you can see why lining up on the start line on November 7th will be one of the most daunting things I’ve done. You can follow my story through this site and this time there WILL be a happy ending!

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