Steve's London Marathon Challenge
New Year Resolutions - In a different light!
As we enter a new decade, I am sure many of you reading this have set (and maybe already broken) New Year resolutions. This is traditionally the time of year we set both personal and business goals that we hope to achieve in the coming 12 months. So as we begin the 20's, I have decided to attempt to achieve my personal resolution by applying the same principles I do to my professional life.
On a day to day basis we all set, plan and execute business projects with the intention of realising a successful outcome. These projects often involve others, either colleagues or third parties which require management, clear objective and regular reviews if they are going to yield the results we expect.
So my plan is to apply the same rigor to my own personal goal. Define what a successful outcome looks like, define the starting point, create a team to help and then build a plan to achieve the desired result.
So this year as well as the new plans and business projects the LIA are working on, I will be executing my own project and updating you with my progress on a weekly basis.
I (Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA) will be running a marathon for the first time at 51 years of age (after being 'egged' on by my eldest son, Max!) on April 26, 2020. It is something I have always wanted to do, thought I could do, but now I am experiencing the reality that it is going to happen!
With a rather optimistic goal, I hope to compete my first marathon between 4:00 - 4:30hrs!!!
So after a few months of gym training during 2019, I have begun the formal running training, following a 16 week plan to the letter.
Week No. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Rest. 4 miles. 4 miles. 5 Miles. Rest. 5 miles. 9 miles.
2 Rest. 5 miles. 5 miles. 5 Miles. Rest. 5 miles. 11 miles.
3 Rest. 5 miles. 6 miles. 5 Miles. Rest. 5 miles. 13 miles.
4 Rest. 6 miles. 7 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 5 miles. 15 miles.
5 Rest. 6 miles. 8 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 13 miles.
6 Rest. 6 miles. 9 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 5 miles. 17 miles.
7 Rest. 6 miles. 6 miles. 7 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 20 miles.
8 Rest. 6 miles. 7 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 13 miles.
9 Rest. 6 miles. 8 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 20 miles.
10 Rest. 7 miles. 9 miles. 7 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 15 miles.
11 Rest. 6 miles. 10 miles. 7 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 20 miles.
12 Rest. 6 miles. 9 miles. 7 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 17 miles.
13 Rest. 6 miles. 8 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 21 miles.
14 Rest. 6 miles. 7 miles. 6 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 15 miles.
15 Rest. 5 miles. 6 miles. 5 Miles. Rest. 4 miles. 10 miles.
16 Rest. 4 miles. 4 miles. 3 Miles. Rest. 2 miles. RACE DAY
But that is not the real reason I'm taking part. Raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the real reason. At 3 years of age our son Lewis was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and now at 14, he is managing his condition unbelievably well.
Over the years he has managed injections up to 5+ times a day, blood testing every few hours and now connecting his pump cannula and glucose monitoring sensor every couple of days and at the same time managing his diet alongside the highs and lows of blood variations.
He has been lucky enough to benefit from the improvements in technology relating to the management of Type 1 Diabetes that keeps him healthy and it is organisations like JDRF that make it possible. So I hope you will help me reach my goal of raising £3,000. If you are able to donate, the link can be found here
Weekly Update Blog:
Week 1 (6-12 January) - I decided to try and keep up the gym sessions AND do the training runs - we will see how long I keep that up. So Monday started not with a rest but a spin class. Tuesday was the first run (5miles - early morning in the dark) and it seemed to go OK. Tuesday also a 5 mile so now I'm two miles up on my plan already. Wednesday morning a circuit training session. Thursday's run (also 5 miles) ended with a few hill sprints (Dury Lane) which seemed to freeze my calf muscles for the next two days. Friday came as a welcome rest. On Saturday I made the mistake of delaying my run until the evening when at 7pm it began to pour down so a very very wet run in the dark without headphones. So the forst big run on Sunday (9 miles) was a psychological barrier. I managed to combine two of my weekly circuits and managed to finish in 1:30hr.
My running pace started at 7:04min/km but by Sunday it had come down to 6:42min/km giving me a projected marathon time of 4hrs 44mins.