To boost your chances of making running an integrated part of your life, take a holistic approach. That means eating well, getting enough sleep and taking time to recover. The endorphins and added energy might spur you on, too.
If you’re building up to long distances, consider a nutrition plan. Gallichio completed the Melbourne Marathon in 2013 and 2014 – when training got serious, he consulted a professional to ensure he was managing his diet correctly.
“I thought that a litre of water when running 24 kilometres or more was enough. Once I’d spoken to a high-performance professional and improved my fluid intake, I had no problems,” he says. To anyone considering taking up running, he adds: “If I can do it from the shape I was in, anyone can do it.”