Blog: 5 April 2017Mark's Marathon Milestones...

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Mark Sitch

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In this blog, Senior Partner Mark Sitch will be keeping us updated with his training progress, as he prepares for the London Marathon. Running to raise money for Shelter, you can sponsor Mark here.

Saturday 1st April - 3 weeks to go! The registration instructions arrived this week, which have made it all a bit more real now.  I ran 20 miles on Saturday, in sun and rain.  Felt good, although a slower last 3 miles.  Rest day today, and then back on it on Monday.  

Thursday 30th March - I didn't manage to get out on Tuesday, so 10.5 miles on Thursday was a welcome return to the training.

Wednesday 22nd March: Sunday morning - 45 minute spinning class.  Hard work, but worth the effort. Monday - a good 10.5 mile training run. It rained for the last 2 miles, but who's to say it won't rain during the Marathon. A long run planned Thursday evening, and then an even longer one on Saturday. Happy days. 

Monday 13th March: Spring Shakespeare Half Marathon completed on Saturday. 3 minutes faster than the Warwick Half the week before - 1 hour and 50 minutes. A short run on Sunday before heading off to MIPIM!  

Friday 10th March: A 10.5 mile training run last night. Good music (it's an age thing - Adele, Coldplay, and Bruce Springsteen classics!) and perfect running conditions. 1.5 stone lost in weight since I started running again. Stratford upon Avon Half Marathon on Saturday!


Monday 6th March: Warwick Half Marathon completed yesterday. Despite the heavy rain at the start, I ran it in 1 hour 53 minutes. My slowest time for a Half Marathon, but a long time since my last one. Still enjoyable. Rest day today. Back running tomorrow. 

Friday 3rd March: We (planning, masterplanning and landscape planning) secured a resolution to grant for 180 dwellings including 45 affordable, in an area of separation at Planning Committee last night! Some of the team had a beer to celebrate, although when I got home following committee I went for a 10.5 mile run. A late finish, but worth it – one very pleased client, more miles in my legs ahead of the London Marathon and hopefully some additional sponsorship for Shelter. 


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