Training SMART means constantly adapting your goals to meet life’s often unexpected demands, says London Health & Fitness Girl, Poppy Cross

In January this year my place in the London Marathon was confirmed. I was elated. The chance to run my first marathon alongside Sir Mo Farrah – and with The Queen starting all 40,000 runners off, no less – was thrilling.

Training was tough and time-consuming but the fitter I became, the more I enjoyed it. It felt incredibly freeing running miles and miles without fatiguing, almost effortlessly at times. Speed work was challenging but I relished it. Running always left me feeling energised and high on life and personal bests motivated me to keep aiming higher.

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