A good piece of advice to any runner is to vary your route, as it avoids boredom - the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt" can be as true for running routes as anything else. I was away from home for weeks 5, 6 and 7 so my route was quite different for a while. When I returned to my previous route for week 8, I was amazed at how far I could run and how much easier it seemed.

About Matt

Not known for sport at school, I took up running in my mid-forties. Very soon I caught the running bug and progressed from the Couch to 5K programme, via parkrun, various 10k races and the Great North Run to running marathons and beyond in the UK and overseas. Now in my fifties, I still run fast enough to impress my friends and family, but not fast enough to think I've missed a vocation as an Olympian!

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