Meet the London Marathon Runner: Mike Allen!

On Sunday 28th April, 19 supporters of Metabolic Support UK will be taking to the streets of London for the London Marathon! We are always in awe of our incredible London Marathon runners and their commitment to train, run and fundraise in support of Metabolic Support UK, whatever the weather!

In this blog series, we want you to meet some of the amazing Team Metabolic 2019 and find out how they’re preparing for the big day! First in this series of blog posts, we’d like to introduce you to Mike!

 

  1. Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to tell us a bit about your 2019 London Marathon experience so far! How’s your training for the London Marathon going? Do you have a training plan?

Training’s going really well at present. I’m currently hitting around 30-35 miles per week, which is spread across 4-5 runs. I’m following a marathon plan I have used before from an experienced running coach. It works better for me to follow a plan, as I respond better both physically and mentally, knowing that I have a structure in place. In the next month, those miles start increasing and having a plan in place allows me to run hard but recover just as quick too.

 

  1. Have you run any marathons before?

Yes, I have run 4 marathons before. My first was in 2015 and was a struggle to the extent I believed I would never run another. Then a good friend asked me to run one with him in 2017 (Liverpool Rock ‘n Roll) and I fell back in love with marathon running. Since then, I have run two marathons (Newport South Wales and Barnstaple, Devon) – one being last year. I have London and Amsterdam booked for this year too!

Mike’s last marathon!

 

  1. Why did you want to run the London Marathon?

It’s the world’s biggest marathon, in our home country and one of the world majors. It ticks all the boxes for marathon runners. Watching it on TV for many years and seeing the support you get gives me goose bumps thinking about it.

 

  1. Why did you want to run the London Marathon for Metabolic Support UK?

A friend of mine knew I wanted to run London and that I was unsuccessful in the ballot. He ran the London Marathon for Metabolic Support UK in 2018 and was amazed at how little was known of the charity in the South West of the UK. He then went on to explain the variety of support networks and good things that come as a result of the work Metabolic Support UK do and this gave me the drive to support such a good cause.

 

  1. Do you have a favourite running route?

I have several, depending on the length of the run. I love hitting some trails and hills. So, on my longer runs I tend to use what I call a parkrun sandwich to get the miles in. I run from my house for anywhere between 10k-16k on an undulating road route; I arrive at parkrun where I pick up the pace and use it as a session during a long run; and then I run home, to get the miles in.

Mike’s parkrun sandwich route!

 

  1. Do you have a running playlist?

I have several playlists depending on the type of run I’m doing. For easy miles, I tend to use some easier music, such as 80’s music. Then on my faster or hillier sessions, I tend to have some dance music on – something with a higher beats per minute. However, to raise some money, I have offered friends and family the chance to create a playlist for me, which I shall use on my longer runs. For a small donation, they get to choose a song to add to the playlist. So far, it’s been great fun – some of the songs I’d never heard before!!

 

  1. What’s your favourite post-run meal or snack?

I have a few go-to meals after long runs. For example, spaghetti bolognese or a chilli hit the spot. For snacks, it’s something light like bananas or protein shakes.

 

We hope your training continues to go well Mike!

 

To help support Mike on their London Marathon journey, you can donate to their fundraising page on the following link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=MikeAllen16&pageUrl=1