The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   When I trained for the Uganda Marathon in 2015, I was relatively new to the world of running – my training mainly focused solely on upping the distance of my long runs week-by-week, with some shorter runs in between, gradually building my weekly mileage. However, as I became more familiar with what the course in Uganda entailed, I knew I needed to (somehow) recreate the conditions as best I could in the UK. One of those key conditions, aside from the heat and trail paths, was the elevations and descents. From that point on, I tried to gradually introduce hill training into my preparations, and it really paid off come Race Day! And that’s what this post is all about – hill training and how to include it in your training!   The Why- The Ups and Downs of Running in Uganda So, why would I recommend adding in some hill training sessions into your prep for Uganda? Well…(and I hope I’m not breaking this to you for the first time)…but the course is well, hilly. There’s a lot of elevations and descents, so the more practice you can get...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

  Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   The 2019 edition of the Uganda Marathon aims to fundraise more for our partnered Charity Projects than ever before, and leave an even bigger impact in Masaka! And the key to that… YOU! Our incredible bunch of 2019 International Runners. Many of you have already started fundraising which is amazing! But if you haven’t yet, with now just under 100 days to go until Race Day, what better time to start? Whether you’ve already begun and you’re looking for some more ideas to mix things up, or you’re yet to set up your online fundraising page, here are 9 tips to get your fundraising off to a great start…     1. Getting started – chose your cause! As with anything, the hardest part can often just be getting started. But once you do, it won’t be long before those donations start rolling in! The first step in your fundraising is a simple one – from our selection of projects, choose the top three which resonate the most with you. Think about the causes which align with your passions, as this will give you added motivation...
Interview with a Family of UGM Runners – The Stygers

Interview with a Family of UGM Runners – The Stygers

. Here we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. Seb & Sara, with their children Gabriel & Chloe, joined us in Uganda as they were looking for an experience they could all enjoy as a family. Below, they tell us about their expectations, working together to achieve their fundraising target, their experiences in Uganda, Race day (which fell on Chloe’s birthday!) and why afterwards, they sum up the week as ‘the best trip we’ve done together so far’.     What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? Now that our kids are into their teenage years, we wanted to do something together, a journey beyond the usual work/school experience, to bond as a family while investing a bit of ourselves to support others. In our constant ideological battle with our kids, digitally over-exposed and increasingly drawn to consumerism as many teenagers are, we thought it would be beneficial to get them to see other views of the world and hopefully instil a sense of gratitude and empathy for people that may not have been as fortunate. When a friend talked to us about the Uganda Marathon, we saw it had the potential of bringing us on a journey to Africa, to support some great organisations, and to make us work as a team for the fundraising project – all while helping us become a bit more fit in the...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Mitchell Omer

Interview with a UGM Runner – Mitchell Omer

. Here we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. Mitchell signed up for the event having never run a marathon before, deciding to do two in the space of six-weeks as he had already been accepted to the London Marathon! Looking for a very different holiday experience, he joined us for the chance to visit Uganda, to push outside of his comfort zone and to get involved with a charity effort abroad!    1. What made you sign up? My friend Alex! He was already signed up for the upcoming event. Specifically though, after thinking about it, there were three main reasons… I believe pushing outside of your normal comfort zones builds strength, confidence and ultimately happiness. What better way to do this than by travelling to and running a marathon in Uganda!? Uganda offers some of the most incredible rainforests, wildlife and freshwater lakes in the world and this was a great way to experience it. It seemed like a great way to support fundraising for a third world country, something I had never done before.   2. You signed up for the Uganda Marathon having never run a marathon…but then ran the London Marathon and Uganda Marathon in the space of only 6 weeks! What an achievement!! How did the two events vary? London felt a lot more pressurised where I aimed for...
Interview with a team of UGM Runner – King’s Ely School

Interview with a team of UGM Runner – King’s Ely School

Here we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. A team of seven joined us from King’s Ely School in Cambridgeshire, collectively fundraising a staggering £23,000 for the Masaka community! From the team Richard, Kathleen, Alison and (7-year-old) Eleanor, share their stories from the adventure. Below they discuss why they signed up, their fundraising experience, visiting the Charity Projects, and their different perspectives of race day, where some of them spectated and some of them ran the marathon!     What made each of you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? Richard: Having never run a marathon I wanted my first to be unforgettable and for me, the chance to return to the land of my birth (over 56 years ago!) was one not to be overlooked. All I needed was one last push and that came from the acceptance of the Uganda Marathon as our school charity for the year and the encouragement of three further colleagues to form a team. We were also joined by my wife and a team member’s mother and daughter to swell our number to 7. The date was set and the challenge was on. Alison: Within 5 minutes of Richard, a colleague, mentioning that he was thinking of running a marathon in Uganda, I had been to the website and emailed him to say I was in! As a very keen...
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