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Sam Keat: From Smoker to Marathon Runner

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What is your age? (Optional) 28

What is your job?

Director of an outdoor construction company in Perth

What do you do for fun?

Eat, drink and spend time with friends.

When did you start running?

When I was about 23, it assisted me to give up smoking.

What time are you aiming for with your next event? Will this be your personal best or your debut at the distance?

This will be my first marathon, I have completed two half marathons and a few city to surf events. I am looking to just finish and not worried about the time.

Why do you run?

To keep fit and helps clear the head after a hard day at work.

What is favorite training session?

The rest days without a doubt!

Do you have long-term goal in running? If yes, maybe, you’d like to share?

The ultimate goal is to one day complete an ironman, I have enrolled in a half ironman in Hawaii June 2012 (my first) so I am looking forward to that!

What do you think of Marathon Guru?

It's great to keep track of sessions and to see the predicted run time.



 

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The photo attached is of me finishing a 16km race earlier this year. I missed out qualifying for the Red group in last years City2Surf by 4 minutes, so ran this 16km in an attempt to qualify for the front of the pack. Got the time I wanted, and I'll be starting with a Red bib this year.
What is your age? - 36

What is your job? - Swimming Pool maintenance technician

What do you do for fun? - Currently? Just running. I also am a keen cyclist, and once the Marathon is complete, I will be looking forward to spending some more time on my bike.

When did you start running? - Last year

What time are you aiming for with your next event? Will this be your personal best or your debut at the distance? - This is my Marathon debut, and I'm aiming for 4 hours

Why do you run? - In 2006, after 6 months of struggling with illness and Doctors, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It took until 2010 for me took recover fully, and to celebrate I decided to enter the City2Surf, as something to tick off my list. It was never really about running at that point, it was simply to say that I had done it. I enjoyed it so much, that the following month I ran the Blackmores Half-marathon in 1:54. A time I was very proud of. A year later here I am aiming to complete a full Marathon.

What is favorite training session? - The long run on Sundays. As the distances have got significantly longer, I have been getting up earlier as I need to have completed the run by 8am as I work on Sundays. After the initial shock of an early alarm call, I really enjoy getting out while it's still dark. Watching the sunrise on a clear and cold Sunday morning is a great start to my day.

Do you have long-term goal in running? If yes, maybe, you’d like to share? - To complete more Marathons. I'm already looking at dates for Marathons in 2012.

What do you think of Marathon Guru? - Marathon Guru has been a great training aid. I find it really boosts my motivation, especially to complete a long run and shave a few more minutes off my predicted time. We shall see if I can get close to the time predicted.

 
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