It is my 40th year. And so, I have decided to commit to something that, by the end of the year, I can say 'yeah, I did that' and feel some sense of achievement. I've never considered myself a long distance runner or endurance athlete. Which is kind of ironic given that I dedicated 14 years to chasing a ball around a hockey pitch and, in the process, represented Scotland and Great Britain a couple hundred of times. This desire to continually feel like I'm achieving something runs in the veins. I've never, ever wanted to run a marathon. I'm just not that good beyond 200m. And that is precisely why I'm choosing to run the NYC Marathon. Add that to the fact that, in the last five years, two dear, dear friends and family members lost their battles with cancer way too early in life, and I can think of no better motivation to celebrate my 40th by raising funds for a highly worthwhile cause and showing that there's life in these legs yet.
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