A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – 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 with only a few days to go until the event begins…   By Simon Fox Why I run: The people! When asked about anything; a meal out, a holiday or a great day at work; what comes up as the part that is enjoyed most? So often I hear that it was ‘the people that made it’. Running is no different. Since starting to run more regularly 4 years ago a new group of friends has emerged. From Parkrunners to pacers and plodders to podium takers, I’ve connected with this new group with ease, enjoyment and excitement. With so many stories I could tell including multiple meetings with parkrunners up and down the country, chatting to nervous marathoners on route to a big race, being saved by good samaritans when lost or bonked, or debriefing with some of my best running pals over the latest training and nutrition plans, one story of running as a universal language comes to mind. An August evening in south-west France in a little surf town called Hossegor. I was on an evening run in my shorts and vest, with sweat pouring down my forehead as I pushed along the promenade watching 6 foot plus breakers with a low sun streaming down my neck and my flowing running shadow to...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Vix Anderton

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Vix Anderton

Here, one of our runners, Vix, tells 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 join Vix as she takes on her longest run in her training – at the UGM’s 20 mile training run along the Thames Path…   Part 3: Four weeks to go… By Vix Anderton It is all getting very real now! As I write, it’s three weeks until I get on a plane out to Uganda and, in four weeks, I will have run my first marathon….eek! Any of you who read my last training post will know that I was having a hard time with my training in mid-April. I had so much support and advice from friends – including the UGM community – and I am delighted/relieved that training has been going really well in the last couple of weeks.     The highlight of this period of training was yesterday: a 20-mile run from Tower Bridge to Richmond with some of the UGM team and other runners. Kudos to the others who also logged their longest ever runs and who will be running their first marathons in Uganda – everyone did so well!     It wasn’t always pretty – I was really hanging on for the last couple of miles (the furthest I had run before was 17.5 miles) but, for the vast majority of the three hours, I felt strong and calm – and apparently...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 4 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 4 – 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 as he takes a recovery week after participating in the London Marathon…   By Simon Fox Why I run: helping to change lives News stories have the uncomfortable ability to wash over us. 16 million people starving of famine in East Africa, a Syrian chemical attack on innocent children and the ongoing refugee crisis across north Africa. As much as you or I have or haven’t engaged in them, they are happening today, and these situations do have one thing in common; and it’s good news…we can make a positive difference. Through giving of our compassion, generosity and finances. Through our ever increasingly connected world, we are no longer naive to those who are most in need! Running and specifically, marathon running has been utilised by the fundraising world because of its element of challenge. The thought of turning out in your dinosaur outfit at  3 o clock on a Saturday to an 11 a-side football match, having asked friends, family and colleagues for sponsorship is ridiculous, but the idea of running 26 miles dressed up as a T-rex is, well, also ridiculous but for some reason ridiculously embraced! So I’m running because I love a challenge but also because I want to help improve lives. Money raised will go to 2 charities in Uganda, the...
UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

There are only 26 days to go until the 7-day Adventure! Preparations amongst the team are in full swing, runners are moving towards the finals stages of their training, and fundraising is on the steady increase, as we hope this year’s Uganda Marathon will leave the biggest impact in Masaka yet. As you can imagine, with things really ramping up as we move closer towards the event, we’ve got plenty of community news to share! Social training runs, awards, charity news, competitions and more…here’s what’s been happening in April and March…   Social Training Runs – Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill 10K, and Wimbledon Common Half Marathon We held a social training run in each of the last two months, for those living in or near the London area. The first was held on a beautiful and fresh sunny morning in early March, doing laps of Regent’s Park & Primrose hill, to help prepare for the inclines of Uganda. The group managed to complete enough laps to cover a 10K distance, so a big well done to everyone involved – you certainly earned your cake and coffee afterwards! Then, April saw a group of our 2017 Runners take on the Wimbledon Half Marathon – a hilly two lap course, which once again was great prep for running in Uganda. Thank you to everyone who came, and a special shout-out to runner Chloe, who only went and won the female event! Congratulations!! Both session made for a brilliant way to kick off the day, and also a great opportunity for some of our runners to meet each other, prior to traveling to Uganda. Photo...
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...
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