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Runwell's Michael Schaffer on Hitting The Wall

We had the chance to ask Runwell’s lead ambassador, Michael Schaffer, a few questions about the 2015 Great Wall Marathon, for which he’s just begun training. He’s representing Runwell at the event on May 16 next year; if you’re thinking about signing up, just think, you’ll have this guy to keep you company along the way!

What made you decide to run the Great Wall Marathon?

Well, first, for the experience. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this event; between the cultural appeal, the intimate setting with just 2500 runners, and the fact that you’re running on one of the great wonders of the world were all attractive qualities to me. Plus, if I ever decide to go for the seven marathons on seven continents, this is a great start.

Apparently the race is incredibly challenging. How will you go about training?

Definitely race-specific training. Lots of steps, since this race has over 5,000 of them that vary from six inches to two feet, and lots of hill training.

Any particular goals?

I want to have fun, make it through and enjoy the scenery. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I plan on taking in every bit of it. You can’t expect this type of race to be a PR, considering the course, so I plan on bringing a camera and enriching my cultural knowledge.

Why should other runners join you?

This type of race can be intimidating, but there's a distance for everyone, including a half marathon and an 8.5k race, which all include a portion on the Wall). I would tell anyone, “You can do more than you think.” How many chances are you going to get to run on one of the seven wonders of the world? It’s more about having a good time than getting a good time.

Want to join Michael for the Great Wall Marathon? Register here.


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