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The 7 Traits Of A Marathon Runner – Which One Suits You?

Completing a marathon is something most of us can only dream of. It’s a once in a lifetime goal and for some, a bucket list achievement. 26.2 miles of running pushes you to the very edge both physically and mentally. To join the elite club of marathon runners, you need to possess a certain set of personality traits. Which ones do you fit?


Those who are focused won’t let anything stand in between themselves and their end goal. Signing up for a marathon is one thing, but focused runners have specific aims and goals. For them, it’s not just the taking part that counts.


Inspiration comes in many forms. From Martin Luther King to doctors and nurses to marathon runners. Running a marathon for personal reasons is great, but running for a charity to support others makes those miles mean just a little bit more.


Marathon runners almost always come across hurdles, be it injuries or unexpected illness throughout their training. Resilient people are a special breed who run through the burst blisters, shin splints and pains. They keep their head up and do anything to get to the finish line.


Many of our runners this year will have signed up to achieve a personal best or keep their New Year’s resolutions in check. For this type of person, the motivation is simple in their head: keep fit for the calendar year, complete the marathon or beat their personal best on a flat and fast course.


Imagine the atmosphere a marathon. You know it’s going to be a special event and one that many want to get involved in. You often see marathon runners congregating at the finish line talking about their experience and stories – we hope to see more of that this year!


A marathon requires intricate planning and preparation. It’s not the type of event where you can just show up and run. Most runners follow a strict diet and running schedule, knowing that when they turn up they will be in prime condition ready to race.


They might not know it, but marathon runners are the bravest personalities. A marathon is one of the toughest challenges a human can put themselves through, so each runner should be celebrated for their huge efforts.

Getting over the finish line requires at least one of the seven traits listed above. Which ones suit your personality best?

The ABP Newport Wales Marathon boasts one of the UK’s flattest marathon courses, making it perfect for first time marathon runners or those hunting a personal best.