Friends and memories are made. It is an experience not to be missed. But what can increase your chances of success on the day? What can heighten your confidence heading to the start line? A few simple tips can help you secure the warm glow of a successful finish.
Through January I tried to do the odd day of work here and there, clinging onto normality as much as I possibly could by setting up shop in my living room and dialling into meetings. The thought of not being able to work absolutely terrorised me. So much of who I was (and am!) was linked to my work persona. All of a sudden I didn't have a clue who I was.
Anyone competing in a marathon this Sunday will now probably be in tapering mode, a phase where you will be reducing intensity and conserving energy for the big event in a few days' time. That means fuelling your body with carbohydrates, getting plenty of sleep and reducing the length of your runs.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that your fitness and health is less important than writing another email or finishing a proposal. Yes, there are occasionally tasks that simply cannot wait but your fitness isn't going to wait around either. The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the implications for your long-term health are damning.
This Sunday three of my colleagues and I will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon time in a Four Person Costume - we all work as captains and cabin crew for Monarch Airlines so unsurprisingly our costume is an aeroplane!
18 years on from these event I have a beautiful wife who understands but is there to push me back to fitness when I'm going through a rough patch. My biggest worry is for my two children, social media does some great things but if kids are not looking up from their phones, how can we encourage people to open up and have conversations. I think mental health awareness from a young age is so vital.
Traditionally talking about mental health in our industry has been very taboo and if you did open up about a problem you would be tarnished with it. Possibly because of the responsibility our job holds and also because of the very rare scare stories the media publishes which fuels the stigma. However, there has been a huge change even in the last six months.
After a long wait for the right level of treatment my son is taking small steps in the right direction. While he takes those steps, I've decided to take the approximately 52 thousand steps it takes to complete the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for YoungMinds and Heads Together. Life was a lot easier for me when I was 14, so I'm happy to sacrifice my knees to start a conversation about mental health.
My journey to running the marathon started three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer. During surgery, I died twice on the operating table, and aggressive radiotherapy meant I developed motor neurone disease. I'm not in remission yet, I have another two years to go and I take medication to control my pain. I'm effectively a 'time bomb', but have chosen to push myself and keep busy, living life to the fullest - because the alternative is to sit around feeling sorry for myself.
With all of us married, having been best men at each other's weddings, it was time to face a new challenge together and the iconic London Marathon seemed like the obvious choice. Training has been tough, but we've stuck to the schedule, fitting in sessions several times a week around the demands of work and family life. And the two of us have met up each Sunday for our weekly long run, getting some miles under our belts ahead of the big day.
I needed a way out, and quick. First up, break the habits, escape the cycles of destruction and get off that damn hamster wheel. I thought getting some routine around exercise and getting my body to work for me could be a good starting point. But first I needed to find my fitness weapon of choice.
At the age of 25 years he took up meditation and yoga and stopped drinking and smoking and began to live healthily with the help of his soon-to-be wife Joanna. After a year or two of living this way he 'began to feel a lightness and happiness that he had never experienced before
This fashion marks a shift away from objectification towards feminine functionality. You know a category has earned its place in our wardrobe when it pushes boundaries. Just as loungewear saw the onesie reach mainstream, so too do we have athleisure brands embracing the jumpsuit.
Quitting all fun stuff doesn't encourage discipline. If anything, I'd argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.
I have a training company where I'm qualified to teach people how to be a personal trainer or fitness instructor. Arrogantly, I've scoffed at the content of the course as it is very basic and have always thought it doesn't teach you very much
And yet exercise doesn't have to mean running a marathon or climbing a mountain. No one wants to experience the humiliation of turning up at a gym feeling like an inelegant blob amongst a room full of lycra-clad fitties. Exercise can be fun and really add value, friends and a breathing space to your life.