27 Mar '16, 7pm

This man trained for a sub-3:00 marathon in the most unconventional way

Mario Garcia before the Shamrock Marathon. Photo: Provided . The treadmill is often regarded as a necessary evil for many runners when weather takes a turn for the worse or if nearby running routes are lacking. For Virginia-based Mario Garcia, the treadmill acted as the most ideal way to train for the 42.2K distance culminating in the Shamrock Marathon in the coastal city of Virginia Beach on March 19. So much so that Garcia, 30, never took a (running) step outside while training for the marathon . All of his training was done indoors on the belted machine found at most gyms. Not only did he break three hours, he qualified for the most prestigious race of its kind in the world, the Boston Marathon. Much of Garcia’s neighbourhood includes 70 km/h zones with inadequate infrastructure for running. For him, it’s a debate between running indoors in safe conditions versus battli...

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