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Getting Chris Halsall to the Starting Line of the London Marathon

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Since before Christmas, Chris has been preparing for his first ever physical challenge, the London Marathon. At Harris & Ross, we’ve been providing Chris with well needed physio and massage treatments throughout his training and to put him back together again when he tore his calf muscle. It’s been a joy to oversee his journey to the starting line.

We wish Chris the best of luck for this Sunday!

  •  The London Marathon is really close now! How’re you feeling?

Excited, Nervous. I just can’t wait for it to be the big day now.  Months and months of training has been done, just a couple more days and it is finally here!!!

  • How has your training been, what kind of structure have you implemented?

Training has been going well.  I have been practicing running at my race pace over shorter distances in the last couple of weeks leading up to the marathon.  Tapering down my training has been harder than I thought it would be, as my body must have got used to training almost every day.

  •  How do you mentally prepare for a long run and how will you maintain your stamina throughout the 26 miles?

I have tried to break it down into 4-5 sections, using the route maps and London landmarks.  That way hopefully it won’t seem as far.  I have been fortunate when I have been doing my last few long runs (18 miles), I managed to ‘mentally switch off’ and be further along than I thought I was.  That is a very good feeling!

  • What lessons have you learnt since you started and what’s the most important of all?

I have learned that having a goal to aim for is important to me.  On cold, wet, frosty Saturday and Sunday mornings when I would rather stay in bed, I know I have to go and train, otherwise I won’t be able to complete the challenge I have set myself.  I have learned that the human body is not designed to run marathons!

  •  Will you continue to run long distances once the marathon is over and done with?

I think I will take a rest in the short term, spending most of my free time training has been tough, but worthwhile.  Never say never.

  •  Will you take on any more challenges in the future?

I think this is a definite yes, maybe not a marathon, but something like Tough Mudder might be fun!?!

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