The run of her life

Just two years ago a factory worker doing 12-hour shifts, 40-year-old Phitchanan Mahachot's rise to the athletic elite is an inspiring story of joy, determination and hard work

Phitchanan Mahachot. Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

When Phitchanan Mahachot ran her first full marathon two years ago, she was a rookie not even aware of the energy gel many long-distance athletes consume.

"I read from several sources that you need energy gel when running a marathon. So I went to a shop and tried to buy some. I didn't know what it was so I asked the shopkeeper where should I apply the gel!" Phitchanan, 40, recalled.

Phitchanan, who refers to herself as a hillbilly runner to reflect her humble origins as a poor, rural girl from Ratchaburi, has come a long way.

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