21 April, 2017

Ready, set, go!

Marathon day is nearly here! As our runner’s gear up for Sunday, let’s take a quick look back at part two of their blogs and how their training has been coming along.

Don't forget, if you'd like to donate to our runners for Breast Cancer Now, you can do so here - or you can click on their names to donate to their individual pages.

Rona, Store Manager, London Colney
“A huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far from across M&S. Although coming late into the training, I finished the Barcelona half marathon (in a slow 2hr8) and I'm up to 16 miles in my last long run. My inspiration this week comes from a colleague in Glasgow Argyle Street, Jeanette, who has survived 7 bouts of breast cancer. She recently featured in the Glasgow Evening Times talking about her faith and determination - this week is for Jeanette.”

Sarah, Head of Region, South
“I started running to fit in exercise around my children and joined my local running club 2.5 years ago, Farnham Runners, who are a great source of motivation, expertise and inspiration. I have enjoyed completing several half marathons, particularly the Royal Parks half marathon with M&S, raising money for Macmillan. One of my biggest achievements to date was a half iron man in July 2016 with my husband; 1.9km swim, 56-mile bike and a half marathon – it was so tough and I was thrilled to have finished! BCN is an awesome charity which helped support a dear friend of mine, and continues to be amazing to everyone it touches, so I feel privileged to raise money for a great cause and tick off a lifetime ambition simultaneously. Looking forward to mile 26 already – think I'm going to be quite emotional!”

Allan, Section Manager, Durham Arnison Centre
“I had some really good weeks of training and have managed to shake off illness really fast to keep going. WARNING - DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME FOLKS! I did complete 20 miles without any real preparation as I was eager to get out, after 13 miles done my sugar cravings kicked in and I did not have anything to help, just plain old water. I took to asking folk for sweets and was overjoyed after 17 miles when a great guy saved me with a piece of Kendal mint cake.

I did complete the run but learnt a lot of lessons about myself on it.

But since I have had some great runs and I'm starting to actually enjoy running. Another long run this week, can't wait for the big day now.”

Justine, Operational Development Project Manager
“Fundraising – check; trainers more expensive than wedding/bridesmaids' shoes – check; over the 10-mile mark – check; first try of gels (disgusting) – check; super athletic and svelte physique (completely lying) – check.

Things I've learnt since we last spoke: firstly, I can actually run without breaks. Secondly, I feel like I'm on a strange tightrope between more energy than I've ever had and complete exhaustion. Finally, the occasional pudding won't kill me but that huge fish & chips the night before a long run was a big mistake.

Stephen, FOM White City
“Winter training is never easy; dark mornings/nights and weather conditions are often unpleasant. This year has been no different. Tackling two marathons in quick succession (Manchester 2 April and London 23 April) means the training has really cranked up over the last few weeks. As well as the usual short distance midweek running, the long, steady weekend run has been my main focus. I’m now clocking up over 70 miles per week, including the long weekend run of between 17 and 20 miles. 

As I write this, I'm recovering from a 20-mile run. Sponsorship is stepping up a gear. My work colleagues have been great. They’re helping me raise money for BCN. Happy running!”

Richard, Section Co, Kidderminster 
“My marathon training is going well; I've run 90 miles since I found out I had a place. My runs range from at least six miles up to my longest to date at 15 miles. I've had to invest in some new running gear, which was long overdue. All in all, training is going well.”

Nicola, International Environment Planning Manager
“I am well and truly into my training now and it is an integral part of my life – it has to be to get the miles in! I did a half marathon two weekends ago and it is now about really going for the longer weekend runs to up my distance. I am enjoying the training but it is a challenge!”

We’re so proud of all of our runners and all they’ve accomplished so far. Check back here for another update from after the big day!

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