Why did you sign up to the G2G?
I was looking for another challenge after the MDS and when I read about the event, taking place in the stunning landscapes of Nevada and Utah I thought it was the perfect race to aim for.
When I tell family, friends, colleagues about my intention to run these types of events, there is always such a hugely generous reaction when it comes to fundraising for a good cause. I want to raise money for WWTW because of the fantastic work they do supporting wounded servicemen and women. It’s a great cause, and one that I hope I can do my small part to support through running the G2G.
How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?
I’ve been mostly building up my ability to run back-to-back long distances over more than one day, something which I don’t think I quite did enough of in the past. Taking it slowly and increasing the distances in small steps I’ve been able to achieve multi-day 35-40km distances, which at this point feels fairly good. Of course, the lack of sand and/or serious hills in London means that I can’t be too comfortable with what I’ve done so far, lots more training is needed!
What do you see as the biggest challenge?
I think the biggest challenge right now is fitting in the training around work and other stuff, especially as the distances increase over summer months when enjoying the warm weather is so tempting! As for the event itself, the heat and the terrain will undoubtedly be the toughest elements of the race.
What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the G2G?
Not many… They’re too heavy! I usually try and take a small sachet of instant coffee for every morning, a small treat to start the day.
What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
Probably some M&Ms, as they’re pretty robust and don’t melt.
What will you be listening to on your iPod?
I usually save any music for when the going gets really tough, so it has to be some really upbeat stuff that can pick me up when I’m feeling a bit rough.
Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?!
Seeing more of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area after the race is done. If my legs can take it, I’d love to do some hiking and exploring of some of the national parks.