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Things weren’t looking promising. Less than two miles into the 42km run, my hastily scoffed pre-race breakfast – one banana, one sachet of Justin’s nut butter and two glasses of milk – was starting to re-appear in my mouth. I was also feeling decidedly delicate in my stomach.

Brilliant.

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This past Sunday I completed the LA Marathon. It was a gruelling 42km battle between me and my own body that I can only sum up as the toughest challenge I've ever overcome. If you've thought about running one yourself, here are some things I learned that might help you go the distance.

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With any marathon or long distance run, not only is physical preparation important but it is also crucial to prepare mentally for the gruelling number of miles. Because running a marathon is not just about the body – the mind also matters quite a bit as well.

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There's one workout that every endurance runner should be running. This "bread and butter" workout is the almighty tempo run. Tempo runs are beneficial for virtually every runner -- from milers to marathoners, tempos are nearly ubiquitous.