Hello and welcome to the first edition of FIT this October. I can't believe we're already in the 10th month of the year. For a lot of FIT readers, October means one thing – that it's almost time for the Dublin Marathon.
I know that for me, right now, a marathon isn't within my reach. But I also know so many friends, colleagues and readers who have started small with a Couch to 5k running app or a jaunt round the block, and who are preparing to line out at the end of the month.
A first marathon attempt can be daunting – just ask our FIT Squad member Eoin McGinn – but setting goals and achieving them is what fitness is all about.
That's why we've decided to dedicate most of this issue and the next three editions to the marathon. Whether you've done 100, or this is your first, FIT is here to guide you through the process with practical advice from our team of experts on preparing, eating right, training and keeping yourself motivated.
So if you've any interest in the 26-miler taking place on the October bank holiday weekend, keep your eye on FIT right up until the day itself. And continue to email email@example.com with your own tales of triumph, tragedy and trundling across the finish line.
This issue, we meet journalist and ultra-runner Mike Sheridan, an ordinary guy who does extraordinary things. His most recent escapade? Taking up mixed martial arts for a TV documentary. Rather him than me, but a captivating story all the same.
Until next week . . .