Have you ever run a marathon? Or are you planning on running one in the future?
Completing the challenge of a 26 miles race isn't something that should be taken lightly. You'll need bags of motivation, months of training, a good approach to nutrition - and most of all, of course, a passion for running.
What was once a very specialised minority pursuit has become surprisingly popular, and outside of the more famous marathons in cities like London, New York and Chicago, there are interesting races happening all the time. For the intrepid marathon runner there's a wide range of places to go and compete - from the scenic and exotic South African game reserve, to the equally exotic but vastly more more northern climes of Omsk in Siberia.
Preparing for a race abroad means taking a few extra precautions though - one of the big differences being that when you get to your overseas marathon, you may be unfamiliar with the food that's served there, so it's definitely worth arming yourself with as much information as possible before heading off. Another thing to bear in mind is that taking part in a marathon means that you're at greater risk of injury than the average tourist, so you'll need to be sure you have the appropriate travel insurance, or if the marathon is taking place in a country where you reside as an expatriate, then make sure you have the appropriate medical cover under your international health insurance plan.
Another worthwhile exercise if you're planning on taking up long distance running is to check out some of the widely available running magazines. These are full of running tips and stories of runnin experience that will help you learn more about the world of running. They also have handy guides to all the best marathons, half marathons and 10k races out there.