A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he writes about his love of running, how the past week has gone and also looks ahead to the 7 Day Adventure – his first time traveling to Africa! This week, we join Simon after his participation in the London Marathon, as he tells us about the big day…   By Simon Fox Why I run: Race day! The big one; race day, London Marathon 2017. What every runner is working towards; fixing their eyes on the prize that slowly comes closer day by day. Fitting in early starts, fighting through lactate burning legs, aching muscles and it finally arrives; race day! There can be few bigger race days than the London Marathon. 750,000 people lining the Capital’s streets, 7.5 times more than our national stadium can hold and 40,000 completing the start to finish from the gazelle-like 2:05 elites to the more plod than jog 7-hour plus-ers. Training is called resting in the week before a marathon, which I dutifully completed by making the normal on-foot commute by bike. On Friday night a good running friend and brilliant host Alex put on a pasta party. A binge on carbs and run chat in the following 4 hours ended with agreements on pace and a final plan for the big day. Sunday morning and the plan kicked in. Great running pal and fellow carb loader Roger was ready and waiting as I arrived at Blackheath common. We joined the other club runners moving towards the start line squashed together in...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Vix Anderton

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Vix Anderton

Here, one of our runners, Vix, tell her story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. Her first ever marathon event, she tells us about the highs, lows, and challenges of training to run 42K through rural Uganda, all in support of the Charity Project ‘Women’s Soroptimists’. We return to Vix’s story in part 2 of her training blog…   Part 2: The Best Laid Plans By Vix Anderton The best-laid plans….as I wrote my last blog post here, I was getting ready to do my first 15-mile training run, the furthest I have run. Unfortunately, I came down with what might have been the world’s worst cold, resulting in 11 days of no training (with 4 bedridden days over the nicest weekend of the year so far). Far from ideal when we are only 6 weeks away from race day. The good news is that I no longer sound like I smoke 60-a-day and it only took a week or so to get over that horrible cough. I am back to training and I really do think it was worth taking the time to recover properly before getting back out there. But it has not been easy. I did manage my first 15-miles over the Easter weekend. Considering it was only the second time I had run in nearly two weeks – hmm, maybe I should have worked back up to it a little – my pace wasn’t too bad and I managed the run in 2 hours 20 minutes. But it hurt! I run along the Thames so I ended up running past Westminster around mile 10 and it...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he writes about his love of running, how the past week has gone, his hopes for the week ahead, and his anticipation of the 7 Day Adventure in June – his first ever time travelling to Africa! This week, we join Simon in his build up for the London Marathon, as he hopes to bag a PB…   By Simon Fox Why I run Since starting running more regularly 4 years ago, I have often been asked the question, after another big 100km plus week; ‘but why?!’ What motivates you? What gets you up at 7 am on a Saturday morning when its cold, wet and dark, then to go out again at 6:30 pm after only leaving the house laced up 12 hours earlier?! The answer isn’t summed up in one word. The factors that motivate me are as wide ranging as the collection of old running shoes I now have tucked under my bed; the desire to be quicker, to gain head space, to think, pray, reflect, to meet new people, spend time with friends, to feel connected to the outside, to let off steam and the stresses of the day, to feel a sense of achievement and to simply enjoy! Running through open fields into the low rising sun or down dusty dirt tracks past streams of fast flowing water with bird song all around and it is just you, your thoughts and the path. What is there not to like about running?!   But to...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 1 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 1 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he tells us about his love of running, how the past week has gone, his plan for the forthcoming week and his excitement about traveling to Uganda in late May. We join Simon at the beginning of his running journey, as he tells us where it all began…   By Simon Fox Start at the start April 2014. Up popped on my newsfeed a picture from 3 years ago. Broad smiles of me and my dad stood on Brighton promenade after completing my first marathon. I’d signed up so that in the year after graduating from Nottingham, I could commit to some exercise in what would be a busy year of teacher training. Three years later, I’m about to embark on my 5 & 6th marathons- two weeks out from another London and hopefully another crack at lowering my year on year improving PB of 2:38, before 5 weeks later a trip to the hills, dust, and smiles of the Uganda International Marathon! An opportunity to visit the diverse, fascinating continent of Africa for the first time, meet a host of international runners and locals whilst visiting and raising money for surrounding projects.   The past week: heat training the wrong way This last week has been what I love about running. A week ago today I awoke at 6:10 am beneath the now-famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull which halted flights across Europe after erupting in 2010. A 16km out and back would have had a dreamy view of the volcano silhouette...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: 4 Tips for Running in the Heat

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 4 Tips for Running in the Heat

  Welcome to our next instalment of the UGM Runners’ Blog – our series of blogs sharing advice to support our runners in their preparations for the 7-day adventure. Written by a former participant, he draws on his experiences from the event and shares tips on training, fundraising, travel and more. Running in Uganda provides a number of challenges: the hilly terrain, the altitude, the uneven off-road dirt paths, and of course – the heat. Now, the good news is, that running in Uganda might not be as hot as you think! We hold our event at the end of rainy season (where averages temperatures tend to be around 20 degrees centigrade). But this heat will still be a factor to contend with when running, and that’s what this blog is all about – sharing advice on how to best handle the heat of Uganda, and also in your training, as temperatures tend to rise with the arrival of Spring. Here are our four top tips to help you handle the heat in the coming weeks…   1. Dress for Success If the sun is shining hard, it’s worth giving some thought to what you’ll be running in. Some ideas to consider are: Wear light coloured clothes to reflect the sun’s rays Wear a technical t-shirt as the material allows sweat to pass through it and then evaporate, which will help you feel cooler quicker Wear loose fitting clothes to help make the most of any breezes, including the one created by your own momentum Wear sunglasses or a visor to keep the sun out of your face, especially on those...

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