Meet the Marathon Runner: Ross Fitzpatrick!

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 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! Next in this series of blog posts, we’d like to introduce you to Ross!

 

  1. Hi Ross, 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 marathon going? Do you have a training plan?

My training is going well! I completed an ultra (35 mile) in November. So, I took it easy in December. I then had a half marathon in February and started training a bit smarter after Christmas for that. Then I’ve got a marathon this month and I should be good for that. If all goes well, I should be in peak condition for London! My plan consists of two day hill repeats, two day fartlek training, one day HIIT and a long run on Sunday.

 

  1. Have you run any marathons before?

Yes, I try to run three to four events a year, ranging from half marathons to ultra marathons.

 

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

I grew up watching the London Marathon with my mother and father. It is so prestigious and when I started running in competitive races, my aim was to always try and run London for charity.

 

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

The daughter of one of my best friends is living with Alexander’s Disease. I’ve worked with children with physical and mental health issues for the past 13 years and I jump at the chance to try and raise money, to help young people live to their full potential.

 

  1. Do you have a favourite running route?

I love running on the mountains of my home valley in the Rhondda, South Wales.

 

  1. Do you have a running playlist?

When I’m training for a long run, I tend not to listen to music, as I don’t during races. But if I’m running shorter routes, I’ll listen to some upbeat music from some of my favourite bands like Oasis, Black Grape, Prodigy and the Sex Pistols – it keeps me going and gives me a buzz!

 

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

After a long run, you burn so many calories (up to 5,000). So, I just want stodge!! So, burgers, Chinese or pizza followed by a few lagers hit the spot!

 

We hope your training continues to go well Ross!

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