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We chatted with Dan who is set to run his first London Marathon next month! Excitement, training & nutrition are well on the agenda.

Good luck & enjoy it – we’re all rooting for you!

1. What made you decide to enter the London Marathon?

I’ve been up to watch a couple of times and just love the atmosphere. It’s got a special carnival vibe and I’ve always wanted to get stuck in and give it a go! I’ve applied for the last 5 year through the ballot and have been lucky enough this year to have been given a place.

2. Have you always had a passion for running or fitness in general?

Always for fitness and sport in general. I’ve been involved mostly in team sports so I guess this has a slightly different element to it, although I’m not running too competitively.

3. With around 2 months to go, how is your training going?

The training is tough and difficult to fit in with a busy work schedule. I’ve had to make maximum use of my weekends for training so that’s meant compensating on a few nights out etc. I’m sure it will be worth it on the day 🙂

4. What keeps you motivated on your long runs?

Stormzy! But honestly, a good playlist is essential. I try to mix up what I listen to so it doesn’t feel too much like ‘Groundhog Day’. The calorie intake post run is another big motivator 🙂

5. Have you got any pre-marathon races booked in?

I’m booked in to run the Bath Half marathon on the 12th March. That will give me a good idea of what sort of time I should be aiming for in London. My main goal is to get used to the race atmosphere and to ensure I control my adrenaline at the beginning of the race. And…obviously to enjoy it!

6. What time are you aiming for?

For the half between 1:30 and 1:45. And the. For the london marathon, I’d be happy with under 4:30:00 and anything under is a bonus!

7. What steps do you take to keep your energy up day-to-day?

Eat. A lot. I found it difficult to work out how much and when I should be eating at the start of my training. I think thats quite a big part of the training along with the actual running / gym work and I probably didn’t appreciate how important it was to be eating the right foods at the right times previously. The whole experience is proving to be a great learning curve!

8. Which charity are you supporting in the lead up the the LM?

I’m supporting the brain tumour charity in memory of my friend Alex who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2011. Hopefully the money raised will help with vital research into brain tumours. I haven’t got a set amount to raise before the marathon, as I received a place through the ballot, but I’d love to be able to generate as much as possible!

Please take a minute to read Alex’s story here:

I’d love it if you could spare any amount of money to support the cause and donate via my just giving page: