Bridge.jpgThe sun is shining and its dry – time to shed the winter woollies and get those running legs out! Finally, we can enjoy our sessions in the daylight; what a difference the weather makes. Glasgow is such a lovely city but even more beautiful when you can actually see the architecture, the vibrant flowers, people sitting by the river and, vitally, the path in front of you!

In the week where Eddie Izzard completed 27 marathons in 27 days, we completed our own challenge – accomplishing another successful week of training covering 24 miles!  We have had our fair share of coughs and splutters over the past few weeks but it hasn’t stopped the team pounding the streets, getting the miles in and raising cash for our charities.

This week has seen us run our furthest in any one session – 8 miles. The sky was a beautiful blue and Glasgow’s West End was buzzing on a Saturday morning. The Botanic Gardens were bustling with families and Byres Road was full of early birds looking for breakfast and a paper.

The half marathon is now only ten weeks away and the nerves are starting to really kick in. The realisation that in a few months we will be descending on Edinburgh’s Regent Road and facing, for some, what will be the biggest challenge ever taken is daunting. However, if we keep going the way we are at the moment, INCo Harriers will have a lot to be proud of.

I’m not the biggest movie buff, but I was sent the quote below from James; our IT Guru at INCo, from the classic Forrest Gump (edited of course to match our location) and I just love the madness behind it so I thought I would share it.  Pretty much sums up the beginning of the INCo Harriers:

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of the city centre. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Glasgow. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run home. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Glasgow. For no particular reason I just kept on going!”

As with our previous posts, it’s time to put another of the INCo Harriers ‘in the spotlight’ – Alexis is one of the team’s most dedicated members and we decided to ask her how she’s finding training;

I have been working at INCo for nearly 5 years as a Business Development Consultant, working on a variety of campaigns but spending all day sitting on my bottom.  I was thrilled to join the Harriers and have loved going out running.  I have always been into running and keeping fit but sometimes I need a wee bit of motivation to get going, so the Harriers has given me the perfect opportunity to burn off the weekend wine, socialise with work colleagues from all areas of the business and keep fit.

On Saturday we went for a 8 mile run and I found after just a few minutes of running, Spring is definitely here! The sun was shining, the daffodils and crocuses were out in force; and with the sunshine making a much needed appearance I soon realized that I had overdressed for the occasion, and had to remove a number of layers.

The run was tough and I started to feel the pressure with the thoughts that we only have 10 weeks to go, until our big day in Edinburgh – so I will need to get my skates on.

The brilliant INCo Harriers are raising money for three very deserving charities; Cancer Support Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Sarcoma UK. Please dig deep and give what you can to spur on Team INCo in the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday May 29th!

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