Tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki, has entered this year's New York Marathon on 2 November. The 24-year-old Dane has never taken part in a road race before but typically runs for 40 minutes a day as part of her tennis workouts, and hopes one longer session per week will see her through the race in the Big Apple.
The longest distance Caroline has run is 18 kilometres, just under a half-marathon, but she decided against starting with a shorter distance, saying: "People ask me, 'Why don't you just run a 5K or 10K?' I'm like, 'Well, I do that all the time, so it wouldn't really be a challenge'. This is really something I need to put my mind to."
While it's not uncommon for retired sports stars to run marathons (Andy Murray's coach Amelie Mauresmo being one), it's unusual for someone at the peak of their career to attempt one. Wozniacki has assured those with concerns that it's manageable.
She said: "I know my body so well now after so many years on tour and so many years of pushing it."
Adding: "When an idea pops into my head, I kind of go for it. I know that if I keep pushing it back, I will never do it."
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