We interviewed Tracey Heal, London Marathon Runner for Motivation about what it was like doing the big run and the training she underwent leaving up to it…
Moti: Hi Tracey, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us about the London Marathon which you ran on 21st April 2013. For those of us who haven’t been there in person, what was the atmosphere like when you were running?
Tracey: Absolutely amazing… When you see it on TV and hear the crowds cheering it’s is just an understatement because when they are cheering you on like that it’s so overwhelming. It makes you go all ‘goosey’!
Moti: And were you pleased with your time?
T: Yes I was but to be honest I didn’t set out to complete a time, I just wanted to go with the flow. I’m just glad I finished it this time!
M: Was it your first Marathon and would you do it again?
T: I’ve run half marathons before but yes this was my first – and I’ve already entered the ballot for next year! I’m planning on working harder and having a target time next time around.
M: So we know people like to dress up! What was the best fancy dress outfit you overtook on the race?
T: I really liked the shark man – there was a man dressed as a shark, using a long cardboard thing with straps over his shoulders. Nobody could run in front of him because his sharky nose stuck out too much!
M: Do you have any interesting training stories? Did you have any terrible disasters?
T: Yes well I was training one day on a Sunday, as I normally do, and I got to the 16.5 mile point when I got a plantars injury in my foot. Because I have minor arthritis in one of my toes, this combination made my foot blow up like a balloon and I couldn’t wear any shoes! It set me back about three weeks in my training.
M: Tracey, what kept you motivated during all the training you did?
T: Well, I said to myself I had to do it and that just made me get out and do it! It was very hard in the long cold winter we had.
M: Do you run with a club? What’s the best thing about running with a club?
T: Yes, I run every Wednesday with Winscombe Ladies Group. Other than being able to encourage each other, it’s great to have a support network. We’re doing something called FastTrack at the moment, where we run together in short bursts of speed. It’s great fun.
M: Who are your Sporting heroes and why?
T: I’m inspired by so many runners but I especially like Jessica Ennis because she can do everything!
M: How did you hear about Motivation?
T: Through your staff member Cally. She heard I was running the Marathon and had told me about the work of Motivation. I thought it would be nice to run for a small charity, rather than one of the bigger ones, because you feel like you’re making more of a difference.
M: What’s your next big sporting adventure?
T: Well I’ll be having a look around for any half marathons I can do or 10mile runs but the next one I’ve definitely signed up for is the Wellington 10mile in Somerset. It’s always good fun.
M: Thanks so much Tracey for taking time out to answer our questions. We hope reading this will inspire others to challenge themselves to raise vital funds Motivation!