Dreams Come True

Frankie from Savills talks to us about his marathon training

Up to this point, training for the marathon has already been one of the hardest things I have ever done, and I haven’t even done it yet! Here is my story.

I signed up because, like a lot of people, it is something that I have wanted to do for years. I knew that through my Company and Dreams Come True I was able to apply, and once I had, I was fortunate enough to secure a place. 

I did some cross-country running at school, but never any real long distances. It was just last year when a friend of mine at university persuaded me to enter the Reading Half Marathon that set me off. We trained a lot together, and ever since then I have been hooked.  When you think about it, running is probably the most natural form of exercise that we do, and in that sense it feels like going back to basics, which I love. My actual training for the marathon probably began at the end of 2015, with the more serious programme starting 12 weeks before race day.

In training, the feeling of pushing yourself to the limit, going further than you’ve ever gone before, beating your 10k pb are some of the best bits. One of my favourite parts of training is picking a new route and just setting off, you will see a lot of things that you wouldn’t do otherwise.

On the flip side, there can be some pretty bad bits too. I have had several set backs from injuries in training (the worst being seriously painful shin splints which were not fun). This also meant I had to miss training, see a physio, rest and be patient. This is difficult, because stopping running can sometimes make you feel guilty especially if you’ve got a training plan.

The trouble with frequently running long distances for someone that has only been doing it for a few months, is that it can be quite punishing on the body, and you do have to be careful not to over do it. I learnt the hard way. However, by all means do not let this stop you from going out there and running to your heart’s content; you just have to train sensibly. I would recommend first and foremost getting your gait and stride checked out, get the proper running shoes and custom insoles if you need them. They are worth every penny.

I have learnt a lot about myself and my body in this process (apparently I have very flat feet). I know what I am capable of now, and it has been incredibly rewarding up to this point. I have a few trusted running buddies, who have been great and have kept me going, but I also find running on your own is very peaceful and relaxing. Since I started training I have probably run about 300km, the longest being a 35km run.

I am running for Dreams Come True, as you can really see where the money is going. They do fantastic work for children, young people and their families. Dreams Come True has also kept me posted on all of the people that they have helped, which really makes a difference. Raising money has been a challenge, but it has been fun at the same time. In my office I have held a number of events including a Pancake Day fundraiser, Bake Sale and Grand National charity sweepstake. You have to make the fundraising ‘fun’ for it to work.

Would I do the marathon again? The simple answer is yes... but it would have to wait a little while. I can already see myself wanting to beat my time later on down the line.

I am nervous about a number of things, but I think it will be manageable if I stick to my game plan. I don’t want to burn out too quickly, so this means holding back at the start even though it is tempting to begin at fast pace! If you are doing a marathon, the best advice you can get is from someone that has done it before. Of course everyone is different and has a different approach to training, but listening to their experiences will ultimately help you determine what is best for you.

All in all, the marathon and the training that goes towards it is an experience like no other. There will be highs and lows, but by the end of it, it will be fantastic to have supported Dreams Come True, as well as being one of my greatest personal achievements. 


Hannah Attenburrow
Date: 22/04/2016
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
Source: Dreams Come true




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