Ibi Ali, Team Glenfiddich, Updates Us On His London Marathon Training
WWTW | February 28, 2014
“Well, it’s been just over 2 months since we returned from Antarctica and it seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. My frost bitten thumb has fully recovered, the Christmas decorations are in storage for another 10 months and it’s almost time to start buying Easter eggs!
Numerous interviews have been given and the official press conference has been and gone. Life is slowly returning to some semblance of normality, that is other than the cold winter mornings when I’m having to wake early, pull on the trainers and head out on long slow runs around the Yorkshire countryside. Yep, marathon training is well under way and hopefully the long lonely runs will pay-off on the big day….Sunday the 13th of April is the date of this years Virgin Money London Marathon and alongside 10 of my comrades from the South Pole I’ll be hoping to make it around the 26.2 mile course.
The long runs are often very similar to when I was pulling my pulk during the expedition. It’s a solitude that is quite nice because I find it’s very simple to just ‘switch off’ and spend some time thinking things through and reflecting on whatever is taking place that week. There’s a different set of books and podcasts to listen to and thankfully the food is much better when I do finish each run but I think the same basic principals apply that helped us succeed in Antarctica. It’s a case of ensuring that I train properly, get the nutrition right and use the right kit. Other than that I’ll have team mates around me to encourage me along and we’ll hopefully all cross the finish line together.
As part of my training I’m running the Bath Half Marathon this weekend (Sun 2 March) and I’m not sure what to expect. I’m hoping to get round in less than 1 hour 45 mins so stay tuned for my next blog to see how I do!!”
– Ibi Ali, Team Glenfiddich