Anita is probably my oldest friend. We used to go to primary school together and despite our lives taking very different directions since we were 13, we stayed in touch and our friendship deepened throughout the years. Anita is one of those people who when you spend time with just leaves you feeling much better about yourself, and everything in general, regardless of how long you have known her for. Her playful energy and friendly smile are infectious, and there is no doubt you are in for a generous shot of positive vibes when you talk to her. By profession, Anita is an…

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I came to face the biggest physical challenge of my life on the 7th October 2012. After many months of preparation, the Big Day of running the Budapest Marathon has finally come! I still could not quite comprehend what I had gotten myself into as I was nervously shifting my weight from one foot to other in the long queue at the start line on that chilly Sunday morning, together with 19,000 other runners from many different corners of the world. Then I reminded myself that I had not only got myself into this, but I had also recruited my friend Anita (who I have…

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After completing a number of half marathons, a few months ago I decided that it was time to move onto the next level and take on a bigger challenge. My eyes are set on nothing less than the Marathon distance this time – and where could be a better place to start than my home country? The Budapest Marathon has a convenient flat surface with a route leading through the most spectacular parts of the city, and on top of this, it happens at the best time of the year, in early October when the heat of the summer is…

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