Our next instalment of Perform People sees Paul Howe, Senior Designer within Media, discuss preparations for an amazing journey! Paul is running 9 marathons in 9 days to raise money for children’s charities.
Boston, October 31, 2016 – Paul Howe, Senior Designer, Media, has decided to swap the office for 9 consistent days of marathon running!
Having started on Saturday (29/10/16), Paul is running 9 marathons in 9 days hoping to raise as much money as possible for his chosen two charities – Team for Kids and Plan International. He will be dressed as Forrest Gump for each marathon.
Paul has begun his journey stateside in the centre of Boston and will reach New York on the penultimate day, where he will run the New York Marathon to make it 9 in 9. Considering he is from the notoriously hilly Lancashire town of Blackburn (just south of the Ribble Valley, a perfect place to train!) and lives in Charlotte, US, some of Paul’s preparation took place far from home. He explains, “I climbed Mount Fuji in Japan, from the bottom to the top, no cheating unlike others who get a bus half way up and start their climb there! That was overnight, 38 miles up to 13,000 feet.”
On top of this, he has also taken part in a half parathion at an outdoor trail park. Since then though, illness has affected his training regime, with him having a bad cold and training has had to be reduced. However, he has kept running to keep the legs warm. He hasn’t just been running to train though — yoga and planking exercises have also been involved!
There are a number of reasons as to why Paul is putting himself through such a difficult programme, “I cannot wait to get out in the fresh air and just do it. I can’t wait to get to New York. I haven’t been in ages and the thought of going through that pain to see that skyline again excites me in a weird way. I am looking forward to losing a few pounds of fat hopefully, and the reactions whilst dressed as Forrest Gump, and the stupid banter that will follow.”
Whilst there is a light-hearted side to this, the main aim for Paul is to get people inspired to get outside and get active. Along the way he hopes that some schools will run with him and hopefully enjoy it, not only for his encouragement but for the children’s benefit too.
A few final words from Paul before his marathon running began – “I am dreading the mental game and hours of solo thinking time and the punishment on my knees; sleeping in random peoples’ houses after such a long day will be an experience in itself!”
To sponsor Paul and read more about his journey, click here.