For the first time ever The Lowry has entered a team into the Virgin London Marathon. Most people don’t realise The Lowry is a charity so this is a great opportunity to shout about the huge variety of work we undertake year after year in our theatres, galleries and local communities.
The lucky entrants making up Team Lowry are Kieran, Danny, Stephen and I [Jordan]. Our aim is to raise awareness of The Lowry’s charitable status and ultimately raise £1500 each in order to support schemes such as The Lowry Young Actors Company, Youth Dance Ambassadors and Inspired to Aspire. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runjordanrun
Training – half marathon distance
Team Lowry were up in the early hours of Sunday for the long drive down to Silverstone Race Track for the Adidas Half Marathon. Over half of the 6224 competitors, including us, were using the event as part of their training for the Virgin London Marathon on Sun 21 April.
Once we’d arrived safely and warmed up we headed straight to the start line to join the colourful masses. The good thing about taking part in an organised race, as part of your training, is that it’s an opportunity to try out different tactics, preparation and sports wear. Small things can have a big impact over long distances. Races also focus your mind and you experience the atmosphere and adrenaline that you just can’t replicate running on your own. Conditions on the day were excellent with a cool temperature and no rain. The only negative factor was the wind on an exposed track. The course was designed in a way so that we never lapped ourselves but there were a few steep climbs. Luckily most of those were lined with people to cheer you up the hill.
I achieved my goal time of two hours, a personal best and it was the first time I’d used energy gels to give me a little boost in the last 3 miles. I was happy with my race but the main thing I took away from the day was how much work there is still to do before London, which is 7 weeks away. After long runs my first thoughts are towards recovery. I’ve experimented with rapid recovery protein shakes but nothing quite beats a massage to push the lactic acid from your legs. Luckily our physio’s at Therapy First are based in the Digital World Centre at Salford Quays so I don’t have far to walk [crawl]!
So the next time I race will be London, the distance 26 miles and in all likelihood a hot spring day. [I’ve been to watch the last two London Marathons and on both occasions it reached 20 degrees.] My target time for the marathon is 4 hours 30 minutes and I’m determined to push my body on the day especially when I get to see the difference it will make to thousands of peoples lives on a daily basis.
I hope you can support me with this endeavour in anyway you see fit. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runjordanrun
Digital Communications Executive at The Lowry