One great thing for motivation is to register for a race. I’m now looking at my calendar for next year and I’m pleased to announce that I will be taking part in the North London Half Marathon as a race ambassador. Taking place at Wembley on 12th March, this out and back route runs Stadium to Stadium from Wembley to Saracens’ Allianz Park. After a lap round the stadium, it’s time to turn back to Wembley where it’s promised that you’ll get to cross The Greatest Finish Line In The World!
I have an axe to grind with this race. I took part in the 2016 North London Half, having being suffering with stomach flu just a couple of days beforehand. Next year, I’m chasing a PB and hope to get near 2.15. If I had any top tips for this event, it would be to start your hill training now. You get some incredible downs to make up for the climbs, but that 10 mile hill is a tough one!
I attended the official launch a couple of weeks back, where the energetic and enthusiastic Adrienne Herbert took us through our paces with a pitch side workout at Wembley, emphasising the importance of a good warm up and cool down. It may have been a cool morning, but it didn’t take long to warm up. Fleur and I partnered up on some of our exercises, using each others bodies for balance and to stretch out. I’m quite naughty when it comes to warming up before a race – I never do as much as I should, reasoning that I don’t run fast enough to warm up. This is an irresponsible attitude and probably explains why I seem to get injured a lot. Adrienne took us through some gentle cardio, explained different stretches and the importance of good form.
It was great to see Wembley behind the scenes, including sharing the player changing rooms (sans football players) and emerging from the player entrance onto the pitch. I shared my changing cubicle with Gary Cahill, not literally of course!
If you like running and want to take on your first half marathon, why not join my squad and take part? Or if you’re training for a full marathon in April, this race is perfectly timed to fit in with training plans. The £43 entry fee includes plenty of water and fuel out on the course, a goody bag including a technical shirt, a medal, and what is a pretty awesome finish. Click here to enter!
Will I see you there? Check back for training updates!