ESPN Reporter Completes Resolution Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 31, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 31, 2010 at 7:39 AM UTC

He used a “minimalist” plan to complete his first marathon.

Last year, on New Year’s Eve, ESPN Page 2 reporter David Fleming did something not that uncommon: He made a resolution to run a marathon in 2010.

“I was the idiot who drank too much and pledged to run my first marathon — even though my speed could be categorized as ‘glacial,’ my bones crackle like popcorn on most mornings and the distance I had chosen through a fog of champagne-and-Jagermeister-fueled bravado was exactly 13 miles more than I had ever run in my entire, stupid, flat-footed life,” he recalled.

Fleming notes that he procrastinated the first six months of the year and then consulted a combination of Jeff Galloway’s plan as well as advice from his friend “Jak”, a 2:18 marathoner, who says one only need to train as far as 13 miles in order to complete the distance. “The crowds, Jak says, the atmosphere and your competitive nature will carry you the rest of the way,” writes Fleming.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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