makepositive is proudly sponsoring Salesforce’s London Marathon team in support of the child protection charity NSPCC. In this blog, we talk to Salesforce runner James Georgiou.
- 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?
I have run one marathon before which was a great experience but I have always had my eyes set on London. Being able to run the London marathon on behalf of an amazing charity makes it even more special!
- What motivates you to run and what is your running experience so far (previous Marathons etc)?
I ran the Brighton marathon at the beginning of the year where I got 3 hours 10. I am really hoping I can do enough to get sub 3 hours for London! Running allows me to relax after work and gives me a great opportunity to reflect on things. Running has now become such a habit that I barley even think about lacing up the trainers!
- 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?
Training is going well so far. I am following a tailored plan based on the time I am hoping to achieve. It can be hard getting all of the runs on the plan in but you have to tell yourself that missing one run due to other commitments is ok and not the end of the world! Marathon training can easily take over your life!
- What does your training schedule look like? Do you just run or do you do other activities?
I am running 4-5 days a week with a S&C session usually thrown in. If I am beginning to feel a bit tired from the running I tend to do some cross – training such as cycling which is a great way to change things up sometimes!
- Have you sustained any injuries? If so, what is your recovery process?
Running a 16 week training block I think you are always going to pick up niggles. I have found using the massage gun and resistance bands regularly has really improved my recovery!
- During the Marathon, how do you settle into your pace? Do you listen to music and if so, what’s on the playlist?
I like to listen to music and inspirational podcasts when running but for London I think I will try to soak in the atmosphere as much as possible so am tempted to leave the headphones at home!
- What have been your biggest challenges since starting training?
The Sunday long run at times can be quite daunting. Knowing you are out there running for 2-3 hours on a hot summers day does take a certain amount of willpower but hopefully it will all be worth it come October!
- What advice would you give to anyone thinking of running a marathon?
Do it! It is a great achievement and you will be surprised at how many people have run marathons before who are there to give you tips and to geek out on the latest running tech / trainers! It is a great community to be part of.
- Would you do another Marathon after this one?
Yes. I have a pipe dream to do all the World Major marathons one day.
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