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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 Roddy Alexander.
- Is this your first time you are running with the Salesforce team at the London Marathon in support of NSPCC? Do you have any experience with the NSPCC? What are you hoping to get out of this Marathon?
I have run one marathon in the past but this is my first time running with the Salesforce team in support of NSPCC. I had obviously heard of the NSPCC in the past but wasn’t fully aware of the amazing work they do to protect children. It’s a pleasure to support them in a small way by doing the marathon to raise funds.
The main thing I’m looking to get out of the marathon is to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC.
- When did you start running? How did you go from ‘couch to Marathon’ and what motivates you to run?
My official training plan started on 19th December, so not ideal being the week before Christmas. It did help in balancing out the extra eating and drinking during the Christmas period though. I have always ran sporadically and played football so had a decent base level of fitness, but really had to ramp it up as part of my marathon training.
Completing the marathon for the NSPCC and completing the goal I’ve been working towards for the last few months is what motivates me to run.
- What is your running experience so far (previous Marathons etc)? Any major achievements or anecdotal stories?
I’ve ran one marathon and a few half marathons in the past, so I have some running experience. In one of my half marathons I didn’t take on enough water or any energy gels and hit the wall with a couple of miles to go. Since then I’ve always made sure that my race nutrition has been correct.
- How is training going? When did you start? How are you finding fitting training into your work/life schedule?
The training is going really well so far. I started my plan on the 19th December and have pretty much been able to stick to it since then. There have been a lot of early starts and a few late night runs to fit it all in but with an event to train for it’s been relatively easy to stay motivated.
- What does your training schedule look like? Do you just run or do you do other activities?
I run 4 days a week with 3 shorter runs during the week and a long run at the weekend. At my age I decided that playing football was too much of an injury risk so have just been running and trying to stretch wherever I can.
- During the Marathon, how do you settle into your pace? Do you listen to music and if so, what’s on the playlist?
I tend to listen to audiobooks when running alone as I don’t have much time to actually read books. My son is currently reading Harry Potter so I listen to the audiobook version at the same time.
- What have been your biggest challenges since starting training?
The biggest challenge has definitely been fitting in the long run at the weekend and running while travelling for work. Both of these have involved early starts while I would much rather still be in bed.
- What advice would you give to anyone thinking of running a marathon?
I would recommend running a marathon to anyone. Once you commit to it, the training isn’t as bad as it first seems and it’s great motivation to keep going. I have seen massive benefits in my fitness and it makes you realise that you really can find time to do anything if you have the motivation to do it.
- What’s your next big milestone after the 2023 London Marathon?
I definitely plan to keep running regularly after the marathon. My next event will be to do the Glasgow Half Marathon in October.
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