Two weeks until Run to the Beat half marathon and training has been physically demanding, but we are beginning to notice a dramatic change in our fitness levels and we are now becoming stronger runners. As a competitive run (and we are under no illusions that we are coming first), we understand how important it is that we are physically and mentally prepared for such a daunting challenge, and we have been following an in depth training schedule, which includes a series of exercise strategies including running, swimming, yoga and weights. The structured plan improves endurance, stamina, strength, fitness and mobility. Through The Door Promotions have launched into training, adapting the training programme to our capabilities. We have also started a tailored diet consisting of all the minerals and vitamins our body needs during training. The night before the race we are indulging in a risotto and the morning of the race we will be enjoying pancakes and porridge and lots of water. Running has been the toughest challenge, as street running is very different to running on the treadmill (and more difficult due to tread and resistance) and we are all street-running novices. However, we are not going easy on ourselves. The streets in London can be steep without the runner realising, which can be a hindrance, so when running, we have been testing various surfaces including soft services, terrain including mud, sand and grass and hilly areas. These training tactics have not only boosted our fitness and endurance, but they have also mentally prepared us for the 13.1 miles, which are lying in wait. We have been really humbled by the support that we have received. We have already raised £587.50 (including Gift Aid) through Virgin Money Giving and a substantial amount (yet to be counted) from offline donations. We would appreciate and value any donations that you can offer to raise money for Medic to Medic, who are helping to increase the number of health workers through sponsorship and mentoring of students.
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