Name: Michael Strange (Mike)
Job: Self-Employed Floorlayer
Charity running for: The Samaritans http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MichaelStrange
Tell us a little about yourself:
I think im going through a midlife crisis lol, I have not been much of an athlete till about seven weeks ago, I am normally what you would of called a couch potato.
Now – If I’m not working (which I do too much of) I’m out running or cycling and loving too. (Can’t believe I just said that)
I have 2 great boy’s aged 11 and 8 who are proud that I’m doing something worth while and cant believe how much I have progressed.
Is this your first Marathon?
Yes this my first marathon, I’m very excited, but very nervous! A lot of dedication to be able to do this!
Why have you decided to run the London Marathon?
Good question! I think its probably a midlife crisis, lol, if you had said to me 5 or even 10 years ago I wouldn’t be doing this, I would have laughed and said no way.
Are you currently involved in other sports/fitness activities?
I like mountain biking been doing it a lot of late to make my lungs and heart strong (its working!)
What training have you been doing so far?
I have been doing the NHS couch to 5k programme and I am on week eight, also a fair bit of mountain biking – I do about 15 miles three times a week.
What training do you plan to do?
Well, once I make it to the 5k mark I need to build up on the distance, I’m trying to run every other day and cycle when I’m not running.
What is the best & worst advice you have been given?
The best bit of advice I have been given was from the lady who sold me my running shoes. That was the first 5-10 mins of running your body tells you want to stop, but once you past this and settle in to a rhythm its easy how true this is. All the advice I’ve been given has be useful so far.
What kit have you bought to train & run? (brands/models if known)
What time are you aiming for?
What time? Not sure at this stage of the training, just to complete it would be a great sense of achievement and would make me very happy!
Good luck Mike!
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