I was too fat (couldn’t run a mile), and finished the NYC marathon since. But more interesting is why I continue running. It clears my mind. Give me ideas and the source of innovation.

What would you say to person who states that she or he hates to run?
I hate running too! Getting out at 5 am in a freezing cold weather is not my favorite thing to do. I’d rather stay in a bed. But, if you get over it, put your clothes on and go out, you already have proven that you have a strong character. Now, you might suffer every step of the way too. But guess what, you are running, it clears your mind and when there is probably no better feeling then the one you have after accomplishing a hard run.

What advice would you give to a person who is thinking about starting to run?
My advice is “just do it” and then “do more”! When I started running I could finish a run to the end of the block. Since then I finished the NYC marathon, a few relay races of over 1000 km in total and I’m not counting the half marathons I ran. It is probably the best thing you can do for your body and soul, and all you need is a pair of running shoes.

What is your next challenge?
My next challenge is to get better (five herniated discs) and then to do the Sydney marathon, hopefully under 4 hours.

What do you love about running?
I love a lot of things. The feeling after. Knowing that I can set goals and achieve them. The people you see on the way, and the places you go that you would never visit otherwise like that secret trail in the forest near the train station.

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