This Sunday, more than 10,000 people will be at Headingley Stadium ready to embark on the first ever Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon. Amongst those people will be experienced Marathon runner, Matthew Tebb. We’ve been supporting Matthew on his journey to the marathon as he looks to raise as much money as possible for the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Appeal and the MND Association.
With just two days to go until the marathon, we caught up with Matthew on his journey so far…
It’s the week of the marathon, how are you feeling?
You’ve been using some of our products, we’d love to know, which have helped aid you through to this part of the training the most?
Is there a particular reason why you choose the Rob Burrow Marathon as a race to partake in?
When it comes to Marathon preparation, being mentally prepared is just as important as being physically ready. How have you mentally prepared for this race?
The long runs on your own are a mental battle, especially as I also train throughout the week so it can be really testing. When the body is already fatigued it can be a bit of a slog, but I just remember the goal in mind and the amazing cause and reason why I’m doing this to push myself and keep motivated. Each time I finish a run I feel a sense of accomplishment and have peace of mind that with a fueled, rested body I should be ok (hopefully!).
You’ve run other marathons in the past, what has been your favourite and why?
Easily the London marathon! I remember making a playlist and trying to time upbeat songs for when I thought I would be getting to a point where I may “hit the wall” but the atmosphere was so brilliant I didn’t listen to any music all of the way around.