runwithmark Tue, Oct 16 2012 Likes0 1 Comment Facebook0 Twitter0 Paris Marathon Training: The Road to Paris 2013 For long enough my girlfriend has said that she wants to run a marathon. When I was running through Europe she said she would join me, when I ran Edinburgh and the Scottish Ultra marathons she said she wished she could have joined me. After much procrastination she has finally decided to commit and has signed up to the Paris Marathon 2013. Thinking about running a marathon or half marathon, why not Run For Charity? The race opens tomorrow for early entries and we will be signing up, it's a journey which will be hard: long winter training, dark nights, Christmas excess thrown in to damage even the most rigid training regime. See our Marathon Training Plans. One thing that I know will not waiver is my commitment to her, I am determined to see her finish this race but not just finish, we both have a desire to see her break the 4 hour barrier. How to Improve your Race Times. It won't be easy for her and it will probably seem unattainable but if I learned anything running the 50 marathons through Europe it's that running doesn't always make sense. A lot of people will tell you to do this and do that but in the end you have to find what works for you. Nobody told me, or very few people believed, that I could run 50 marathons in 56 days with only 6 months of proper training and having never run a marathon, but I knew within myself that I was capable. That's the thing, with the right attitude and passion there aren't many things you can't achieve in running. If you're struggling for motivation, then check out these Seven Tips to Motivate Yourself. From experience I've learned that when it get's hard it will always get better again and that's something that Ferelith will have to learn the hard way. This journey will change her, it will in some ways be the making of her and will give us some memories to cherish forever. I'll be blogging our progress together on The Running Bug and I hope you will join me in supporting her. We ran our first training run last night, a 5k in 30 minutes; we have a lot of work to do but I am very excited about what lies ahead. In many ways I've lost the drive I had with my own training, so I have a feeling I am going to gain just as much as Ferelith will from doing this training together. Let's do this! Did you enjoy this blog? Read more blogs by Mark. More from The Running Bug Marathon Training Plans Running for Charity How To Improve Your Race Times Seven Tips to Motivate Yourself Our essential marathon guide will take you through everything you need to know to train for a marathon. Start Running for Charity & Sign Up for the next Charity Run. If you're struggling to improve your Personal Best then these tips will help you go faster than ever. Rediscover your motivation using these tips from Kim Ingleby. New to the Running Bug? We're the online community for runners with over 100,000 members! Join today - it's free and easy - and you'll get access to all our running events, training schedules and advice, shop, groups, blogs and forums. You will also be able to share and communicate with the running community in bugmiles and the great debate. JOIN THE RUNNING BUG HERE! It's free and takes just 30 seconds.