Freddy Mahugu

Freddy Mahugu: Class of 2024

MSM: What made you want to tackle the marathon?

Freddy: Running a marathon is something I always had on my bucket list. I made a couple of attempts to start training for one, but always seemed to get sidetracked. In 2010, I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon and that was the commitment that I needed to make to follow through with it & complete my first marathon. I fell in love with the lifestyle, and I haven’t stopped running since.

MSM: There are marathons and then there are majors which have a different vibe all together. Take us through the feelings of running that first world major and crossing the finish on the last one. Also, when did you know that you wanted to capture all 6 marathon majors?

Freddy: My first world major was the 2015 Boston Marathon. Getting my first Boston qualifier and getting accepted into the race was such an amazing feeling. A lot of hard work went into it. Toeing the starting line at Boston and crossing the finish line on Boylston St was magical. It was at that point that I knew that I wanted to complete all of the world major marathons.

MSM: We’ve spoken about the races and running the majors but what has this experience felt like to you, the journey, struggles and training. Give our readers some insight into what those feelings were like going from marathon to marathon, I’m sure each one has a different story and perspective.

Freddy: For me, it’s been a journey filled with gratitude. I don’t take it for granted that I am healthy and able to run daily. The marathon is very challenging distance, and you get to learn a lot about yourself along the way. I love the process of training for a marathon. Each training cycle brings its unique set of challenges. Usually, I like to do one in the spring and one in the fall. It helps me stay in shape year-round so I’m never starting a marathon cycle without a solid base.

MSM: We are all runners but one of the things we seldom talk about is our full-time responsibilities outside of running. It’s amazing how most of us can find the time try to train and run anywhere from 30–60-mile weeks all while balancing our day-to-day responsibilities. Crossing the finish line, finishing all the six-star world majors is an accomplishment, but what’s next? 

Freddy: Training for a marathon is certainly a big commitment. I really enjoy the process and that makes it easier to stay consistent. As far as what’s next, I plan to run the 2024 Boston Marathon in April and also the Chicago Marathon in October.

MSM: For those that are on this journey what words of encouragement, inspiration or advice would you share with other fellow runners?

Freddy: Congratulations on taking on the challenge and embarking on this journey! Stay the course and enjoy each step of the way.  Focus on having a system in place and take daily action that puts you closer to your goal. If you need guidance, I’m a certified running coach who can help you achieve your goals. You can reach out to me on Instagram @nattyphoto for a free consultation.

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