An early nightRyan Phillips Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 WOW McDonald’s coffee is really bad. Strange opening I know but I’ve got to start somewhere. In November I travelled down to Elstree studios for a photo shoot with Men’s Running magazine and what would also be my first opportunity to meet the team that makes up Project 26.2. To say I was excited would be a underselling it hugely and because of that I took the military mantra of arriving 5 minutes before a bit too far and arrived in Elstree about an hour and a half before I needed to be, hence why I had to endure the McDonalds coffee to kill time. Arriving at the studios I found I was the first guy there so quickly introduced myself to all of the lovely ladies who were taking part in the project for Women’s Running. Once everyone had made it (even Simon who likes to be fashionably late) we were briefed by MR editor Danny on what the day would entail. Almost immediately we were handed a brand spanking new Garmin Forerunner 610 to help track our progress, amazing! We were also fitted some fantastic Saucony running gear and a new pair of Saucony Omni 11’s. It was at this point that I started to feel a less like Joe Bloggs and more like Mo Farah, maybe it was the fake tan? Also, I must start calling myself Ryan and not Joe!
Bedtime!After the initial briefs we were given the chance to meet and chat with our running coach, a very approachable yet strangely scary man called Nick Anderson from Running with Us. After 5 minutes I’d already discovered that I need to be eating things like Oat Cakes and lots more fruit as part of my diet as opposed to crisps - turns out apple pie doesn’t count and a fruit source! He also told me I’m not getting nearly enough sleep at night, and that no matter how much running I did, if I didn’t give my body enough time to rest it would be a waste. He then gave me something I haven’t had since the age of about 8 - a bedtime! Due to starting work at 05:30am I need to be in bed by at least 21:30pm. I genuinely can’t wait for the first time the wife suggests a bottle of wine and a film and I have to answer “I’m sorry darling.... Nick says I have to go to bed”.....the great thing is she’ll take it in her stride as she does everything else when it comes to my running. I’d like to take a second to give out a little credit to the better half here, as you know we have 2 young children (The strange ones I mentioned in Blog No 1) and juggling family life with work and other commitments can be a struggle for most families. Ours unfortunately is made doubly difficulty as our son, Harley was diagnosed with quite a severe case of Autism and Global Developmental Delay at age 2 ½ so this bring a whole new level of challenges and difficulties for us as a family. Fortunately, Jemma manages takes care of the kids, keep the house in order and take an interest in my running with the minimum amount of fuss, even standing outside on a freezing Saturday morning to watch me do a 5k park run. She really is my Queen and I wouldn’t be half as happy as I am running if it wasn’t for her support. That should get me at least one breakfast in bed now! Back to the photo shoot and after posing for what seemed like a million pictures and performing my best ‘focused’ look, badly I might add, then it was almost time to pack up and head home. Not before we were given a mountain of great nutritional products from another of the project partners High5 to take away. I’ve managed to rabble on for far too long already but I just want to finish by thanking everyone that is supporting Project 26.2 and helping on our individual journeys to achieve our goal. In no particular order – Men & Women’s Running Magazine, Nick Anderson & Phoebe Thomas from Running with Us, Jonathan Quint and Ken Hoye from Saucony, High5 Nutrition, Garmin, Up & Running and last but not least the genius that is Paul Hobrough from Physio & Therapy. Hope you tune in for the next instalment when the training starts to kick in and I somehow manage to find myself half naked in the living room of a man I’ve never met before. Intrigued?
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