Our Education Projects Officer, Lindsay Buck, is running the London Marathon this month to raise money for Childnet. We spoke to Lindsay about her preparation for running the marathon and why she chose to support the work that we do here at Childnet.
What is your role in Childnet?
I’m an Education Projects Officer on the Education Team. I work on a wide range of specialist projects throughout the year; developing new resources and updating existing ones. I’m the author of Digiduck’s Big Decision and am currently working on the next four stories in the series which is very exciting.
How did you start running?
I’ve been running for many years, since leaving university, and have always enjoyed entering races. I particularly love the Great South Run in Southsea and have done that on many occasions. Since having my daughter in 2013, I’ve also run 5 half marathons which is a distance that I’ve really enjoyed!
Why did you decide to run the Marathon for Childnet?
I ran the London Marathon in 2011 and absolutely loved it. I’ve always wanted to run at least one more London marathon, and so when Childnet received an additional charity place in January this year I totally jumped at the chance to do it again! The work that Childnet does is so important, and has such a positive impact on the lives of children and young people, I’m delighted to be able to raise money for such a good cause.
How are you training?
I’m training three times a week: one interval run, one hill run and one long run. (Well, that’s the plan!) The distances have gradually increased each week and my last five long runs have been 11, 12, 13, 16 and 18 miles. I’ve got 12 miles this weekend, then 8, then it’s the big day. I’ve done some additional Pilates and Yoga too, when time has allowed.
What time you are aiming for?
I do a combination of running and walking. I follow a pattern of 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking, and alternate that the whole time. I’d absolutely LOVE a finish time starting with a 4. I know it’s achievable and I’m hoping that the crowds on the day will spur me on. Training by yourself is very different to a race day, so that should give me a boost.
What is your favourite song to run to?
I have SO many! My top favourites include Footloose, Eye of the Tiger, Tiger Feet, You Can’t Stop the Beat, Roar, and Born To Run – to name a few.
How can people support you?
My fundraising page address is Justgiving.com/Lindsay-Buck. Every penny counts and is hugely appreciated!! Cheering me along on the day would be super too. I’ll have my name printed on my t-shirt!