makepositive is proudly sponsoring Salesforce’s marathon team in support of the child protection charity NSPCC. In this blog, we talk to Salesforce runner Stephen Eustace.
- Why did you decide to run a Marathon? Do you have any experience with the NSPCC? What are you hoping to get out of this Marathon?
Life goal. I have worked with children’s charities in the past when climbing mountains but this will be the first time with the NSPCC. I’m hoping the marathon helps me understand the training process and how to maximise performance on the day, whilst also raising funds for the benefit of children.
- What motivates you to run and what is your running experience so far (previous Marathons etc)?
This will be the first time I’ve run a marathon (if I make it!). It is a lifelong goal to run one, and none more iconic than the London marathon. I’m motivated by the challenge of course, but more so by the opportunity to raise funds for the NSPCC.
- How is training going? When did you start or when do you plan to start? How are you finding fitting training into your work/life schedule?
I’m actually just back from an ankle injury that has kept me to short distances over the last 3 months, so I am carefully ramping up my training schedule. It is usual for me to exercise every other day, but with running, I am slightly more reluctant, however, the good weather is helping!
- What does your training schedule look like? Do you just run or do you do other activities?
I lift weights 3 times per week at my local gym, including a conditioning session. The running is an add-on to this to help build endurance.
- Have you sustained any injuries? If so, what is your recovery process?
Ankle injury 3 months ago playing football. Now play less football and focusing a lot on mobility and desensitising the impacted area. I use my wellness benefit at Salesforce to get a regular sports massage to ensure my body is in good shape.
- During the Marathon, how do you settle into your pace? Do you listen to music and if so, whats on the playlist?
Generally I tend to go too fast at the start and suffer later. It is the adrenaline. Music helps calm me, so I aim for soothing music from the start, then building towards more energetic tunes when tired.
- What have been your biggest challenges since starting training?
Covering further distances every week. Trying to keep motivated.
- What advice would you give to anyone thinking of running a marathon?
Take your time. Build endurance. Doesn’t have to be fast. Just get it done.
- Would you do another Marathon after this one?
Possibly. Let’s see how this one goes first!
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