Man vs Marathon

Bristol Helpdesk advisor Adam Mason, has spent a long, cold winter training to represent Integral by running for Crisis in the 2019 London Marathon. He’s clocked up the miles while dropping the pounds and now with just days to go, he tells us how he has changed and what he’s learned along the way:

"Since signing up in September I’ve run around 10 miles three times a week and gradually increased the mileage. All in all, since I began training for the marathon, I have run around 700 miles - the equivalent of running from Bristol to Monaco!"

My furthest distance so far is just over 20 miles in four hours and ten minutes. From all my reading and research, this is the most the human body can be trained to achieve. After that, it’s all about the work you did to prepare for the day. I now need to start tapering my runs to preserve energy and avoid injury. Next week, I’ll aim for fifteen miles, then slowly pull back.

After almost killing myself reaching 19 miles in three and a half hours, I’ve learned how to pace myself much better recently. Now I run five miles, walk a mile, and so on. It’s definitely a better way to do things! I reached 20 miles and didn’t collapse in a sweaty heap afterward.

Aside from pacing, I’ve learned how to stretch and preserve my body after a run; what to eat; how to prepare; and how to maintain a steady pace to keep my stamina going. Not bad for someone who hasn’t run since my school sports day, roughly seventeen years ago.

I weighed myself a few days back and I’m sitting at roughly 12.8 stone. This time last year, I was hovering around 17-17.5 stone! I’ve dropped almost two trouser sizes in less than a year, which is pretty incredible.

Now we’re in the final days of the countdown, I’m itching to get on with it. All this training has given me new energy and I can’t wait to get out there and experience the marathon atmosphere for myself. I’ve never run a single organised event in my life, so this will be a totally new experience for me. I have no idea what to expect, but I’m going to do my best for Crisis and all those who have sponsored me.”

You can spur Adam on and help him reach his target by sponsoring him here: