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THEN, I HAD A STROKE

I’M 38 AND WAS TRAINING TO RUN THE FASTEST MARATHON OF MY LIFE.

I’VE DEDICATED MOST OF my life to running. I love training, putting on races, and coaching. I love the freedom running creates—it’s just you with no equipment. I’ve completed 13 100-mile races. And I’ve done runs across England, Wales, and Scotland. I want to run across Ireland next—the route I’d attempt is 370 miles, which would be the longest I’ve done.

But there’s one race where I feel I’ve underachieved: the marathon. My PR is 3:05, and it’s a lifetime goal to run sub-3 hours. So I signed up for the Boston UK Marathon on April 14th to finally break 3.

On December 24, 2018, training was going really well. I had just finished an eight-week base phase, and my pace was really improving, so I was very optimistic. For the first training session of week 9, I had planned

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