When you play professional tennis you have the chance to travel the world. Every month to visit at least one different city or country. What you don't have is the free time to check out what the place that you are in has to offer. You are stuck on the tennis courts, playing matches and practicing and in the other time you are at the hotel, resting. This is a good way to live and travel, but you don't get a lot of chances to explore the city that you are playing in. See something else than the tennis courts.
The best way to get to know any city is by running on its streets. Running gives me the opportunity to encounter the city views. To see the people walking around, to check out landscapes and even taste all kinds of smells floating in the air :D With all of this running the marathon becomes a bit easier if you can say that running 42km can be easy. It helps you to distract yourself of all the pain you get in various places during the run.
When I use to play tennis I hated running. My longest runs were of about 20min and I did them one per month. On court I was looking for fast points so that I don't need to run that much. Not that I couldn't I just didn't want to do it.
After a few years not playing tennis I started to run to keep myself in shape... and started to like it?!?!?!? 5 ... 10.... 20km, no problem. Summer, winter.... heat... rain .... didn't matter to me. I put on my running shoes and headphones and followed the road. Sometimes further, other times faster... until a frined of mine suggested we should try run a marathon... I thoght he is crazy.....
And after Sofia Marathon 2017 and its painfull 42.195km I felt reborned. I was a new man who knew what he has to do from that moment on. Look for new challenges. For new roads. For new moments which bring this feeling. In that moment I realized I god addicted to that feeling.
The feeling of breaking my own barriers. It is remarkable.