I just so happened to be in London for my day job yesterday. I had a couple of hours to spare, so I popped along to Excel to have a quick look at the Virgin London Marathon Expo. It opened at 11am and there were already plenty of people there registering. I am also fortunate as Like The Wind magazine decided to include my article on running in fancy dress in their free magazine sample that is available to all who attend the expo. If you are one of those that has seen the article and made your way here then I wish you all the best in the race and hope that you have an amazing day out. Make the most of it, enjoy the crowds and don’t obsess so much on your PB that you forget to look around occasionally.
While at the Expo I bumped into Simon who represents X-Bionic in the UK, and bought myself a bunch of X-Bionic goodies. My recent experience with their undies has persuaded me to give them a try. You can read about those here. In turn that has spawned my next project. After spending a lot of the winter running big miles and running very slowly in preparation for the 2015 Oner ultramarathon (you can read about my 2015 experience here), and raising over £500 for The Brain Tumour Charity, I have decided to put some speed into my legs.
The “X-Bionic Man” Project
In 2015 I am going to have a bash at setting some new personal bests at the half and full marathon distances with my key races being the Frome Half Marathon and the Eden Project Marathon in 2015. I am going to fund raise, this time for the St Luke’s Hospice where my Dad passed away from a brain tumour in January of this year, but my fundraising goal will only be a small one. This time I am going to be running as “X-Bionic Man!” and will look suspiciously like an actual, real-life, runner, albeit one who has spent a load of cash on kit and doesn’t really get the results that the level of kit would imply!
Frome and the Eden Project are not typical races for setting a PB at. They are both hilly circuits with the slower results that would imply. They do however favour me and the running that I like to do. Frome is traditionally very hot, all on tarmac and with continuous rolling hills. The challenge often comes as much from the hot weather as it does the course, and it is one of my favourite races of the year, despite being all on the road and a sufferfest from the start to the finish. The Eden Project marathon usually has much better running weather, but it does feature hills and a lot of trails, however I am confident that I can run a PB on it given the right training.
The culmination of my “X-Bionic Man” project will be an article that I publish at the end of the year entitled something along the lines of “X-Bionic, is it worth it?” X-Bionic kit is expensive, but it has blatantly had a lot of thought put into it and I am very interested to do a long term test on as many of their products that I can afford. Will the kit perform and last as well as the price and level of thought implies?
I have discovered that it is almost impossible to pose in this kit without pulling a stupid face though….To donate or to get the latest news on my progress visit www.justgiving.com/x-bionicman