London Marathon – Three Runners’ Experiences

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Introducing Bronwen Horton, Marathon Runner and Founder of the New Zealand Business Women’s NetworkIMG_8674

1) What was your motivation to run the London Marathon?

My motivation was to get back into a regular exercise routine. I’ve wanted to run the London Marathon for a number of years, each year putting in my ballot and up until 2016, being unsuccessful. When I received a congratulations pack in October last year I was extremely excited but I also had a feeling of not being ready and it being a year too early. I’d taken a big break from running so my goal for 2016 was to build up to running a number of half marathons and then run a marathon in 2017.

2) What training Method did you follow?

I used a 20 week running programme which involved running 3-4 times a week. I also included cross training and strength work. A couple of months in I had problems with my knee and so added foam roller exercises and resistance band to target the hip (the hip abductor & flexor). The hardest part was trying to incorporate travel and a big trip home to New Zealand in the 6 week lead up to the race. I did a couple of longer 30km runs in New Zealand through beautiful countryside but missed a number of the weekly training sessions.IMG_8673

3) What gear/shoes/accessories did you run in?

I love Asics gear and have worn the brand for a number of years!! I’m currently wearing Gt-2000 4 (colour turquoise/indigo blue/slate blue) and teamed them up with socks from Feetures. They did the trick, no blisters and come in a really colourful range. I also ran with an Asics turquoise tank top and hat, Nike Dri-Fit running capris in navy and purple and a purple Nike sports bra.

I’d been searching for a while for a running belt to keep all essentials in while running (keys, phone and on long runs oystercard and emergency money). While my Nike running capris just fit this stuff while on training runs I knew I’d need something else for the actual race.

I must admit I don’t like 99% of the running belts out there. They are big, chunky and mainly black. I’d come across the FlipBelt on internet searches and product tests in a couple of running magazines. I bought one and tried it on a number of longer runs. It worked a treat and did a trial run with 7 gel packs added in.

For before and after the race I wore a Karrimor soft shell jacket. I love their range of colours and that it’s made in the UK.

I use the MapMyRun app on my phone to track the run and recently bought the Tom Tom cardio watch as I find as I keep my phone in my back pocket it’s a hassle to get it out to check my pace. Therefore, I use the Tom Tom mainly for checking my pace and for accuracy I take an average of the two trackers.IMG_8651

4) What is your favourite Song to run to?

I don’t tend to listen to music. On my shorter runs I tend to enjoy the surroundings and do a little self-coaching to get technique right. On my long runs I listen to audio books. I tend to listen to books I’ve already read and need a quick refresh.

5) What’s inspired you while you’ve been training?

I’ve been inspired by a number of the New Zealand Business Women’s Network (www.nzwomen.co.uk) members who run. It’s been great to share experiences and learn from those who have run a marathon before. These women have created a running group within the Network and are currently training together, some are heading to Riga next month to run either 10km, half and full marathons.

Also each month I’d pour over a couple of running magazines gaining information and reading inspiring stories. I also found a copy of Sam Murphy’s book ‘Marathon and half marathon, from start to finish’.

6) What was your Highlight of the Marathon?

Being part of it. For the last 4 years we’ve lived on the course and it’s been great to get out and cheer people on but it’s a different experience being on the receiving end of this. The encouragement from the supporters carries you along and when you feel like giving someone will give you an extra boost. On numerous occasions I took a few moments to really soak up the atmosphere and all the wonderful sights of London. The best part was the sense of achievement crossing the finishing line and being presented with a finishers medal.

7) What do you have planned for recovery/tapering post event? or will you just decide to never run again?

Although I’m sore and tired I’m going to go back to my original plan of doing a year of half-marathons before I attempt another marathon. I’m about to lock a half marathon in for October this year so that I continue my training. There are some days when I don’t want to go out running but once I’m out the door I’m so pleased I did.

 

Introducing Heather Robbins, Marathon Runner, Mummy and Retail Buyer20160424_084114

1) What was your motivation to run the London Marathon?

My motivation to run the London Marathon was to prove to myself I could do anything I set my mind to. After having my second daughter who is now 2, I realized I had gained a lot of weight and was really unfit so decided then that I was going to loose the baby weight (both sets) and get fit. Over the last two years I have lost 3 stone and am really proud of how fit I have become. I set myself the goal of running the Bournemouth half marathon last October in memory of a friend and from that point decided I would enter the ballot for London. I didn’t get in through the ballot and was then offered a guaranteed charity place with work.
2) What training Method did you follow?

For the marathon I was coming from a fairly good base level of fitness as I had just run a half marathon but my other half bought me the book Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook (love a good book) which was fantastic. It had great advise as well as strength routines and training plans in it. I have a busy life as a mum of 2 girls who are 5 and 2 and working full time so I then just had to tailor those plans around a hectic life. I always subbed one of his interval runs for a fit camp I go to locally called Ferndown Fit Camp that is just phenomenal in terms of improving fitness and pushing you to your limit. I would do fit camp once a week, either train at home on a turbo trainer or do a short run and then do a long slow run at the weekend. It was hard to fit it all in as I also have a husband who does lots of adventure races so it’s meant a very hectic family life since October!

3) What gear/shoes/accessories did you run in?

I  ran in some Nike capri trousers that I got from the amazing Nike shop at Gunwharf quays, an adidas supernova tee and my Asics GT-1000 4. When I started training for the half marathon I had my gait analyzed properly and bought my first pair of Asics. I then had to replace them half way through my training as had hit the recommended mileage in them and was having issues with my knee. I found an amazing website called sportsshoes.com who sell all the leading brands at amazing prices!! For my sports wear I love getting new stuff but am really budget conscious so tend to always look for a bargain and love some of the high street brands such as Decathlon and Matalan. I also got a fantastic belt from Decathlon which you can buy additional pouches for that I used to put my phone, energy gels etc in as well as gloves and a buff.

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4) What is your favourite Song to run to?

When running I have to listen to cheesy music that I can sing along to so am obsessed with the Pitch Perfect sound tracks and also anything from the 90’s!

5) What was your Highlight of the Marathon?

The best part of the marathon was the sense of achievement on finishing and also the overwhelming support from all the people who have given up the time to come and cheer people on who they don’t even know. It’s a fantastic atmosphere and really spurs you on. I think it’s a shame that the story the press focused on is the few that decided to steel bottles of water etc from the drinks stations and not the thousands and thousands of people who had given up their free time in what is a very busy world to cheer on people, make banners, hand out sweets to runners.

6) What do you have planned for recovery/tapering post event? or will you just decide to never run again?

I am looking forward to just running as far as I want and not having to stick to a strict training program now and am probably going to enjoy this week off and then get back to boot camp (who I have no doubt will give me extra press ups for having a week off) and then will probably just stick to shorter runs in the future!

 

Introducing Samantha Shiers, Marathon Runner, Gym Bunny and Visual Merchandiser


1) What was your motivation to run the London Marathon?

Running the London Marathon has always been a life goal of mine so I jumped at the chance when Hobbycraft sent round an email asking if anybody would be interested in running the London Marathon to raise money for Together for short Lives, a charity for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.


2) What training Method did you follow?

I had good intentions to follow a training plan but I really don’t enjoy running and the furthest I have ever run before signing up to the London Marathon was 5K. I ran once a week which varied in distance, my furthest distance was 18 miles which was 10 days before race day. Most people thought I was crazy for running this far so close to race day but the furthest distance I had ran prior to this was 13 miles and most people had said I should be trying to get to the 18-20 mile mark. Surprisingly I didn’t seem too sore and mentally I think this massively helped.

3) What gear/shoes/accessories did you run in?

I ran in a pair of Nike running shoes, Nike gym leggings, Together for Short Lives charity T-shirt, Running jacket from Primark and I took with me a running belt which was great for easy access to my phone to take pictures and change music tracks.13115431_10154106960553180_1390291716_n

4) What is your favourite Song to run to?

I couldn’t pick just 1, I pulled together a London Marathon playlist which was 5 hours of top 90’s hits and the latest charts for me to grove along to.


5) What was your Highlight of the Marathon?

Highlight has to be crossing the finish line and getting the medal, it made 6 hours of running seem painless and well worth it. 13077370_10154106961458180_1385539334_n


6) What do you have planned for recovery/tapering post event? or will you just decide to never run again?

I don’t plan to ever run any long distances again, it was a great achievement but one that I will always remember but never repeat.

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Thank you to the three amazing ladies, totally loved reading about it!

You  can read about what I wear running here and make sure you’re in to win the competition here.

Until next week lovelies, have a fantastic day xx

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