Agyness Deyn has been preparing to run the London Marathon this weekend by taking up boxing in New York.
Agyness Deyn has taken up boxing during her training for the London Marathon.
The British supermodel - who is taking part in the charity run with designer Henry Holland on Sunday (17.03.11) - says she has been working with a coach in the US to help prepare for challenge.
She told Britain's The Times newspaper: "A friend suggested I would be good at boxing because of my long limbs, so I joined his gym in downtown New York. My coach has such a good name - Action Jackson.
"I didn't think about what would happen if I got injured - you have to live your life."
The 28-year-old beauty says she hopes to complete the 26.2-mile race by trying to forget about how long it is and is taking inspiration from the Tom Hanks movie 'Forrest Gump', in which he runs for days at a time.
She said: "My tactic for getting through the 26 miles is to go steady and stop thinking about how far I have to go. Like Forrest Gump, I just keep running."
Agyness also keeps in good shape by watching what she eats but doesn't deny herself treats.
She explained: "I try to be aware of what food I put in my body, and I eat lots of green veg and juices. That doesn't mean I'll deny myself a burger and chips, but it might mean I will make it myself, so I know what's in it."