My name is Andy, a community fundraiser, and I'm going to try and take you with me on my training journey for the 2016 London Marathon. My aim is to train hard, raise £2,000 and lots of awareness for The Donkey Sanctuary and have fun in the process.
I started running properly during 2015 and have become just a little addicted. I completed a 10k (for The Donkey Sanctuary) and a half marathon last year and I wanted to find a big challenge to train for this year. I had already started doing some fundraising with The Donkey Sanctuary so when I heard they had some places for the London Marathon available I jumped at the chance and was incredibly lucky to be offered one! I am one of a team of 6 raising money this year and I cannot wait!
I kicked off my marathon year with a great 16.5 miler on new year's day. it felt great to get back to a long run after the Christmas break.
Having spent the weekend visiting family, tonight was spent building my training plan which is going to look something like this:
- Monday - 6-8 miles (faster pace) + core strength session
- Tuesday - strength work + core strength
- Wednesday - speed work + core strength
- Thursday - strength work + core strength
- Friday - 8-10 miles (steadier pace) + core strength
- Saturday - rest day
- Sunday - long run (steadily building to 26.2 miles by the end of March)
It's a lot of training to get in but its doable and necessary to achieve my aim which is a time below 3 hours 30 minutes!
All the training, blog writing and fundraising is to go towards supporting The Donkey Sanctuary. They are a wonderful charity who do fantastic work both in the UK and abroad.
One final thing before I go do some strength work and a core strength session, perhaps you would like to sponsor me as well?
I have a Justgiving fundraising page if you are inclined to be generous, so please click on the link below to donate :-)
Andy Messenger, in training for London Marathon 2016