Born to Run - Jeans for Genes

Born to Run

Congratulations to all of you who won a ballot place for one of the most iconic events on earth – the London Marathon!

But if you managed to lose out on a spot, don’t worry, we have a small number of charity places to give away! All you have to do is apply for a spot to run for Genetic Disorders UK.

This is good time to lace up those trainers, get a team together at the office and pledge your support for a great cause. What better way to stay active and healthy while also helping those in need.

Next year, our Jeans for Genes Head of Operations Doron Kristal is taking part in his 20th marathon! Here he shares an insight into his training journey and the joys of balancing training with work and home life.

Is next year your first Virgin Money London Marathon?

This will be my seventh London Marathon and marathon number 20 for me!

What inspired you to take on this year’s London Marathon?

I think I have an addiction to marathons! Since I started running marathons 12 years ago, I run the London Marathon as often as I can get a place. I also want to support Jeans for Genes which is a campaign very close to my heart. It helps to transform the lives of children who are affected by genetic disorders. Being able to help other families is extremely important to me. 

When did you start your training and what advice would you give other runners on the countdown to the marathon?

I start my training on Christmas Day and I have been combining my 20 mile commute to work with my weekly long runs. For my final two weeks I will be ensuring I maintain good hydration levels and will take some time to reflect over my training runs. By looking at what has worked well and not so well, I can then incorporate these into my strategy for race day!

What has been the toughest part of your training journey?

Definitely motivating myself with the weekly long runs when it is cold and wet outside!

What are your top 3 running tunes?

I don’t actually run with music, instead I use various other distraction techniques like calculating distance and time to keep on track of my pace. Other games such as names of countries and A-Z of boy’s and girl’s names work a treat! I also do ALL of my thinking while I run, it’s amazing how long my to-do list is by the end of a run!

What tips would you give somebody taking part in their first Virgin London Marathon?

Stick to your normal routine – the week before the marathon is the wrong time to be trying anything new, whether that’s new trainers or a new hydration strategy. If these haven’t been tried and tested during those arduous months of training don’t do it!

In previous years, nerves have kept me awake the night before race day. I would therefore suggest having a few early nights during the final week which will make sure you are full of energy despite a broken sleep the night before.

Join us at next year’s London Marathon or sign up to one of the many runs we have on offer this year!