I'm running the Belfast City Marathon to celebrate two special anniversaries

by Anne Hannan
Partnerships Manager (Scotland & Northern Ireland)

Anne Hannan, Partnerships Manager (Scotland and Northern Ireland)



“At your age you should have more sense”, was my father's comment when I told him I was starting training for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.


I explained to him that 2015 was my 50th year on this earth, that it was also the 50th anniversary of our Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast and that Marie Curie is the official charity partner for the marathon. And as I work for the charity as Partnerships Manager (Scotland & Northern Ireland), it made perfect sense that I should attempt the  marathon this year.

“If you had a bit of hard work to do you wouldn’t need to run!” was his reply!  That made me laugh but I'm pretty sure I'll win him over and  have him taking part in the 8-mile walk on May 4! I'll let you know how that goes.

To set the scene – I had surgery three months ago (common enough type surgery for a woman of my maturity!) and have really been out of action in terms of activity/training. So it feels like I am starting from scratch. I have run a few marathons in the past and ran Belfast ten years ago in my 40th year.  There is no way I could attempt 26.2 miles at the minute but I am swimming 26.2 minutes and cycling 26.2 miles twice a week – cross training is good for me as it is easier on the joints than pounding the roads constantly.  I plan to start running in the next few weeks and might give the online Asics training plan a try.

Absolutely top of my list is a little bit of weight loss.  They've used a picture of me running (the one above) to promote the marathon and I've spotted myself poster size on many Marie Curie adverts. There's nothing like seeing yourself at numerous bus stops to motivate you to lose a few pounds and keep training.

I look forward to keeping you updated as to my progress.  I must finish now as I am off to the pool for another 26.2 minutes!

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