Ryan vs. ManchesterRyan Phillips Monday, 25 February, 2013
Hello all and welcome to the latest instalment of Ryan vs. Manchester. As I’m sure many of you know I’m attempting to raise some money for my son’s special needs school as part of my marathon journey and my way of giving something back. This week saw me visit Humberston Park Special School in Grimsby for an interview and photo shoot with my local newspaper and to speak with some of the children who will benefit from the new equipment that the school will buy from the money donated. It really was fantastic and I had the pleasure of being ‘interviewed’ by two pupils, Jacob and Sullivan who had thought of some fantastic questions to ask as part of a school project they were taking part in. To hear that they were excited to follow my progress and they were inspired to exercise and keep fit was just great to hear and made me all the more determined. This past Sunday was also my first race as part of my Project 26.2 training as I stood on the start line with 500 others for the Sleaford Half Marathon. Nick had said he wanted me to practice my marathon pace as opposed to ‘going for it’ – I was slightly disappointed as I wanted to test my progress but I understand the reasoning behind it and the PB hunting will hopefully come to fruition at the Cambridge half in 2 weeks time. I did my best to stay at around 8:00 miles but there were times when the crowd and the occasion carried me along and I came in at an average of around 7:40 min miles, not quite MP pace but not far off. I finished in 1:39:01 which is technically a PB as my previous best was 1:42:44 in Birmingham last October but because I know I can go much faster it was a tainted victory. I’m hoping for around 1:33/34 in Cambridge, so fingers crossed! Aside from the running the thing that has struck me most about the whole project is the camaraderie between all us guys, the ladies too in fact! We’re in pretty much daily contact via Twitter and Facebook and they’re always there to give out support and encouragement, even though we all live at separate ends of the country it does feel like we are all in this together! Us guys have even gone as far as planning a reunion before the project has even finished as we’ve signed up to create team ‘Meet the Guns’ for the North West leg of Tough Mudder UK 2013. 12 miles of mud, fire, barb wire and electrocution...... does it get any better? We’re still trying to persuade Danny (MR Editor) to join us, plenty of time for that though. Must be off now as my bedtime is drawing close and I still have to fit in some stretching and a High5 protein shake! It’s all about the recovery!!!!! Take it easy people.... Not too easy though ;-) Ryan! www.justgiving.com/philly3719 Follow on twitter @Philly3719.