It has been a month since Jonathan Balzan won the Malta Marathon, since then he ran the Concordia half marathon where he placed 10th overall and 3rd Over 40 finishing the hilly route in 1 hour 15 minutes 56. Only a week after he was again involved in the club’s traditional Dingli 10 miles where he placed 2nd place overall behind Ibrahim Hussen Ahmed. In the last few days, we had a small conversation with Jonathan where he recounted his training and season so far.
”When last september I broke my fifth metatarsal bone during an early recovery run, I was advised to forget running a full marathon in February. I was determined not to give up. To keep myself fit, I used to go swimming, leaving crutches by the sea and do biking before I could even stand properly on my feet. This helped me keep fit the best I could in the circumstances.
Training for the full marathon used to be very cautious. Apart from doing long runs, increasing mileage always kept me on the edge with tension that my foot would fail me at some point.
Today I look back with a huge smile after successfully achieving my 8th Maltese title with last month’s marathon especially since the time achieved of 2.30.55 compares well with my debut time in 2006 when I clocked 2.30.18. Squeezed in between is recording Malta’s national best time of 2.26.27 and victory in the half marathon in 2009 in a personal best of 1.08.39 which has remained the fastest Maltese time since then.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach Roger Zammit and wife for all the support she has given me throughout these years. Keeping this level is very demanding given my hectic lifestyle and having a family with two kids. I would also like to thank my sponsor the Malta International Challenge Marathon for the continuous support.
I’m happy that once again I was a great ambassador for my club St. Patrick’s for whom I have always remained loyal throughout all these years.”