This is Tristan Miller’s story of running 52 marathons in a calendar year. I imagined that he would run a marathon somewhere on a Sunday, then travel a leisurely distance to run another next Sunday. Not so: firstly 42.195 kilometres wasn’t always far enough. There was Two Oceans in South Africa (56km) and The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset Marathon (100 km). He also ran an alpine marathon in Switzerland followed, the next day, by another alpine marathon in Italy. So, there is very much a Lonely Planet aspect to this story with many of his travel choices driven by a need to conserve cash.
His marathons were everywhere from Antarctica to Iceland, from Rwanda to Argentina. He also managed to run the big city marathons: Boston, Chicago, New York, London, and Berlin.
He is a Belgrave boy whose first marathon was the 2005 Melbourne and he has since run another three Melbournes.
The book gives equal time to the travel challenges and the people who shared the journey. There is enough detail to work out how he prepared and ran each race, but it is certainly no training diary. At the start of 2010 his PB was 3hrs23m, but he lowered it to 3hrs3m at Berlin – where else?
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