It is so special helping others achieve personal bests, especially their first marathon!
When people hear that I ran 50 marathons in 50 days, I regularly get asked, “how did it feel to finish on day 50?”
I answer, “Day 50 was special, but day 49 was one of the most fulfilling days of my life. On Day 49, 3 of my friends, Sarah, Dean and Chris, ran their first-ever marathon. To be by their side the whole way and give them a big hug at the end was a moment that I will cherish forever. It was incredibly fulfilling knowing that through what I was doing in running the 50 marathons in 50 days, I had helped them believe that they too could run further than they ever have before and ultimately achieve their first 42k!”
We want to promote running as a team sport, not an individual sport.
In my first marathon, I experienced real generosity and the power of humanity when a man put his hand on my back and started pushing me up the hill at the 38km mark (The Tan Track).
I hit the wall. My legs were cramping severely, and I was starting to fall over, feeling dizzy. Mentally I knew that I was close to the finish line, but I didn’t know if I would make it. I was starting to fear that I wouldn’t.
Next minute the man gave me a zooper dooper he had picked up from an amazing lady who was there on the side supporting random runners. I smashed it down, and I instantly felt a little better. I slurred, “thank you, can I please have another one”. She gave me another zooper dooper which I know was pivotal In helping me get to the finish line!
I never learnt the names of those two people, nor did I get the opportunity to thank them, but they taught me that running is a team sport, not an individual sport. Without them, who knows, would I have completed my first 42k?
To allow others to reap the benefits of the greatest running coaches on the planet!
I was never the runner I am today until I met Jase and DJ. Since being introduced to them in September 2018, I have run approximately 100 marathons, 2 x 24-hour runs, won an 84km ultra-marathon across Bali and completed my first 100km race, the Oscars 100 Hut 2 Hut trail ultra-marathon.
I don’t say that to impress you, but to impress upon you that these guys are some of the greatest running coaches in the industry! I also feel stronger than ever, and I haven’t had a severe injury that has kept me out of running.
One of the most common questions I get asked is, “who is your coach? And can he or she coach me as well because I’d love to run marathons as you do?” Therefore I knew for others to have the success I have had with running, then they would need to be coached by Jase and DJ. I went to them with the idea of First 42k, and they loved it! The rest is history.
Lastly, I’ve learned that there is so much involved in running a marathon. It is not just about running. It’s essential to know how to support yourself with optimal nutrition and hydration. You must train in a specific way that allows you to become strong enough to complete it injury-free.
From my experience, I know that your running journey is easier when you’re supported by coaches with substantial experience and have achieved the result you are after yourself.
Running marathons changed my life, making me happier, healthier and more confident.
We have built First 42k to give you the answers to everything you need to know about how to run your first marathon so that you can experience the joy that comes with it and potentially have a life-changing experience as well!