If there's one piece of advice I can give is yes, you might miss the odd short run, yes you might fall ill, yes, work & personal commitments might cause you to re-adjust your training plan but try your hardest to complete your one ‘big’ run every week and I’m told this should be enough to see you through the marathon… I guess we’ll see!!
How long have you been running?
Intermittently, most of my life. I’ve always been big into fitness and played a lot of football from a young age so running has been at the basis of training for that and any other sport I’ve competed in, but it’s only since training for the London Marathon that I’ve dedicated my time to ‘just’ running.
What inspired you to run the London Marathon this year?
The marathon course itself goes quite near where I live so I’ve always gone down to watch for the last 4 years always vowing to take part myself. The atmosphere and pure energy of the occasion always inspired me to one day be involved and 2018 is the year I’ve finally taken the plunge! I’m also running it in memory of my dad who passed away following years of kidney problems, so a charity close to my heart these days is Kidney Research UK, who I’m raising money for as part of my pledge.
Is it your first marathon?
Yes and I’m very excited to experience it on the day. I’m also a little nervous because I know it’s going to be tough but I’m not competing for a specific time…I just want to complete it, raise some money and contribute to my seventh attempt at a summer beach body!
How has your preparation been for the marathon?
It’s be tough but very rewarding at the same time. I started a 17 week programme on Boxing Day 2017 and I’ve had to be disciplined, make sacrifices and dig deep to complete each session. I got to a point where I hit a wall at 13 miles, I just couldn’t get past this distance with 4 weeks to go, which is a little behind where I needed to be at this stage. Then, I just went for it and managed to complete an 18.2 mile run which gave me the confidence to know that I will be able to go the full marathon distance on the day. From someone who struggled with 10k at the start of the programme to running 10k being relatively ease, I feel very happy with how it’s gone.
What's been your biggest learning with the training?
If there's one piece of advice I can give it's that you might miss the odd short run, you might fall ill, work and personal commitments might cause you to re-adjust your training plan but try your hardest to complete your one ‘big’ run every week and I’m told this should be enough to see you through the marathon… I guess we’ll see!!
I would also advise anyone who’s training for a marathon to watch your diet, just because your doing all the running doesn’t mean you can just eat anything… I found this out the hard way in the early stages of training. Eat the right foods and look into a proper plan… it helps so much with getting you through those longer runs!
How have you found fitting in the training with other life commitments?
It’s been hard but also necessary to stick to the plan as much as possible, being disciplined with myself and reminding myself why I am doing it. That has been key to me not giving in. Of course in life, things do happen which means adjusting and working around problems that arise, for instance we had one of the coldest winters ever on record this year with snow making it hard (and dangerous) to train outside! Work commitments can also put strain on my training commitments but again, I had to be disciplined and stick to a time-table.
What is your goal for the marathon, are you aiming for a time?
My goal is to simply get round without injury, complete it and raise a good amount of money for Kidney Research. I’ve completed two half-marathons in preparation for the London Marathon and I got around the 2hours10minute mark both times so I guess 4 hours 30 would be a sensible time to aim for.
We're going to assume yes, but do you listen to music when you run?
Absolutely! I actually prefer to go running alone with my music blasting. It’s such an important part of me completing a run because as well as enjoying the tunes, it also acts a nice distraction from worrying about the distance I’m running.
If you could choose one song to start the race and one song to finish the race to, what would they be?
To start I’m going to go with 'The XX - On Hold (Jamie XX Remix)' because it’s uplifting but quite trippy at the same time; I feel like this could be a good way to start and engage my brain in transitioning from real life to the unknown! I’ve never ran a marathon, not sure how it will go or how the journey will play out like so I feel this is an apt way to start musically.
To finish, let’s go with 'Jay Z & Linkin Park - Numb/Encore' because I’m pretty sure that’s how I’m going to feel but at the same time it’s a powerful song, sounds big and will give me the audio kick up the backside I’ll need to make that last surge towards the finish line.
Listen to Danny's "Get me to the finish line" playlist below or here on Spotify.