Not too long ago, a troop of our members have been actively pursing long distance running outside of the gym. We asked them to reflect a bit on their recent experiences with the London Landmarks Half Marathon, and the Paris Marathon and heres what they had to say about it all!
What drove you to tackle any type of Marathon in the first place?
Gabi – Every year I sign up for a half-marathon in the hope that I will train and get less bad at running (everyone that has worked out with me at least once knows how much I hate it!), in addition to losing that extra weight gained with all the usual ribs and fried chicken. That never works, because I end up not properly training for it. I always use “valid” excuses such as bad weather, too tired from work, etc to avoid practicing and they all sound super legit when I repeat them to myself on a Sunday morning! Considering London Landmarks specifically, LJ had extra charity event places and I considered it a good trial run for the Hackney Half coming in May. Also, the route looked amazing!
Isidro – First Marathon was Paris 2017. A couple of friends dragged me to run it. I felt it was about time after having run a few halves. My motivation was on the challenge and adventure side. Two years after and with the great experience we had, we decided to go back and do a revival. This time my aim was to try harder and better myself.
Andre – To be completely frank this marathon came out of the blue really. It was thanks to Gabi and LJ that it happened, and I am glad I joined the gang.
Ches – I decided to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon for prostate cancer, a disease that I have to deal with everyday at work. Plus every now and again I like to push my comfort zone and running a half marathon certainly does that for me.
Ally – The very first time was part curiosity of if it was within my abilities and subsequent occasions I wanted to see if I could improve my time and the result of peer pressure! Haha
What was the best and worst part about the event?
Gabi – The London Landmarks race was really well organised. The road was entirely flat and it was full of people cheering with such great energy! And another good part (other than finishing it!!!) was running the entire route side by side with Ally. Having a buddy definitely made a difference and helped us to push each other and keep going. Worst part was that, in the end, I miscalculated how many kilometers we had left. I thought we were approaching the last one and we had something like 3km more. I thought I was going to die!
Best: The whole experience was great. From the months of preparation, reading and learning about workouts, nutrition, injuries, sharing tips, strategies, thoughts with colleagues to the trip, the atmosphere in the city, the running show, running with thousands of people, the crowds cheering, crossing one of the most beautiful cities in the world … I could go on and on.
Worst: Long runs on cold and windy weekends.
Andre – The best part were the supporters through the whole course. It gives that extra mental boost to keep you going in the tough bits. And we had special supporters… Patricia and Shu were waiting for us in the final miles to cheer us up and take embarrassing pics 🙂
The worst part was probably the recovery. It took me a few days before my legs were feeling good enough for a crossfit class.
Ches – I’m not a natural runner and running doesn’t come easily to me. So the idea of running 13.1 miles is certainly a mental and physical battle for me. However, once I crossed that finishing line I felt a massive sense of achievement. I also had some great friends that ran with me, Gabi, Ally and Andre, plus a fab supporting team Shu and Paty.
Ally – The best part is the adrenaline as you pass the start line, the live music keeping you entertained along the route and strangers cheering your name as you run past.
The worst is the pain and blisters that starts around mile 8 and trying to keep optimistic that the finish line is not too far away!
Gabi and I stuck together during our last run which helped keep us motivated when all we wanted to do was walk!
A) 3×5 Back Squat
B) 3×3 Bench Press
C) 10 Minute AMRAP:
20 UB Broken Wall Balls 9/6kg
A) 5×2 Power Clean
Handstand Push Up *Add deficit if possible
Hang Power Clean 70/50kg
With a running clock:
…at the 0:00
15 Cal AD/Ski
10 Weighted Sit ups
…at the 10:00
15 DB Power Cleans 20/16kg
…at the 20:00
15 OH DB Lunges 20/16kg
10 Cal Assault Bike
…at the 30:00
10 DB Thrusters 20/16kg
A) Every 4min. x 5 Rounds:
25/20 Calories of choice
10 Power Snatches @50%
Round 2: 8 Snatches @55%
Round 3: 6 Snatches @65%
Round 4: 4 Snatches @75%
Round 5: 2 Snatches @85%
B) Pick One:
1.) 10 Rope Climbs (legless if possible)
2.) Farmer Carry (Single arm or double)
3.) Teams of 2 perform max sandbag over the shoulder in 7min. Shoot for “”you do 5, I do 5″” style.
4.) Partner Barbell Bicep Curls. “”you do 10, I do 10″” for 10 Rounds. Just the bar.
A) 3×5 Back Squat
B) 3×6-7 Seated DB Press (Same weight as last week)
C) For Time:
30 Db/Kb Thrusters 20/16kg
90 Calorie Row / Airdyne /Ski
EMOM x 10min. (same minute)
10 Wall Balls 20/14
10 Alt. DB Snatches 22/16kg
EMOM x 10min.
Min 1 : 15/12 Cal Row
Min 2 : 50 Double Unders
15 Air Squats
A) 3×5 Deadlift
3x Max Rep Chin Up* (Weighted of any kind, if you are carrying around your protein shake in your pocket for after this absolute gainz WOD then that is weighted.)
*If you havent got Chin Ups you are doing the following for 3 rounds:
6-8 Supinated Barbell Row
12-15 DB Bicep Curls
3 Mile Run
3 Km Row
300 Calories Airdyne/Ski