In our previous “Meet the Monex marathon team” interview, we spoke with Senior Account Manager Tim Matthews. Tim completed the Paris Marathon in 2018, so he is no stranger to this kind of event.
Next up, preparing for his first ever marathon (and Tim’s biggest running rival), we have Senior Account Manager Jake Ostrovskis.
Firstly Jake – tell us about yourself:
I joined the Monex London Sales team two years ago. Whilst I’ve always been active in various sports teams, I have very limited “competitive running” experience, so I wanted to test myself with the London marathon.
Why have you decided to run the London 2021 Marathon?
Over lockdown I started running while the gyms remained closed, and found it a great way to be outside and active. When the opportunity to run the London marathon with Monex came up, I was keen to get involved (and beat Tim Matthews!).
How much experience do you have running long distances?
Last summer, I ran a half marathon during a virtual “pass the half” challenge with some friends. Since then I’ve kept up some form of training, however this has only extended to running to and from work a few times a week, with an occasional longer distance thrown in on weekends.
How are you preparing both mentally and physically for the race?
I have started a 16-week training plan to force me to get out and increase distance and speed training. Mentally, I find running with music or a podcast helps when the legs get sore!
What has been the toughest challenge you have faced during your training so far, and how have you overcome it?
I am so hungry all the time! Changing my diet to support the training has been a challenge, but I feel like I’m getting there. Also, staying disciplined in getting out for a run after a long week can be difficult, and of course avoiding the pub!
When it gets tough, what are your strategies to keep going?
(Hopefully!) Lean on the training and turn up the volume…
During your training so far, have you had to correct your running technique at all? Do you have any tips for maintaining a good running form?
Tarik (Monex’s Fitness Expert and Wellness Coach) has been helping with various technique tips and teachning me to be more aware of being fluid and lateral. I found focusing on breathing when my legs feel heavy often gives me a second wind.
How have you and the other Monex marathon runners supported and motivated each other?
There are some friendly bets on the floor, which is a good way to keep focused! The team are also planning to train with each other at weekends to make sure no one is slacking!
What is the most rewarding thing about running/training for a marathon?
Feeling yourself getting fitter and able to run longer distances has been the most rewarding, alongside the ‘runners high’ after a long Sunday slog!
How will you celebrate once finishing the race?
Probably have a glass of water and go to bed at 8 pm…
What words of wisdom can you give to anyone thinking of running a marathon in the future?
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