Midwife in Training for the Paris Marathon!

Published on: 29/01/2019

We are super excited that Georgina is running the Paris Marathon for MAMA Academy in April 2019! So what does it take to be ready to run a marathon? And how on earth as a midwife do you fit training around working shifts? We asked Georgina and this is what she said: 

“Paris will be my 3rd Marathon after running London in 2012 and Brighton in 2017. I have never followed a training plan before due to both naivety and other commitments however this time I have!

My 16 week training Programme commenced on Christmas Eve and has me running 4 times a week with 1 long run and 3 shorter runs included in this.

As a midwife, my shift pattern varies throughout the week including day shifts and night shifts so I can’t always stick to the days that my training plan suggests but I mix it up and make sure I hit my total mileage for the week one way or another. I have also taken part in a number of race events including 10k’s and half marathons to help me prepare in a different way. It is a huge commitment and can be tough but it’s 100% worth it in the end! I have even invested in some high visibility jackets and lights that flash on my trainers for those late night after work runs.

I am really excited about the Paris Marathon. Marathons have always been a big thing in my family. My mum and dad used to take us to Greenwich every year to watch the London Marathon which is where my interest started but when I watched two of my brothers complete it, I was so overwhelmed with emotion I knew that this was something I wanted to do! Running the London Marathon at 18 years old, I never dreamed that 7 years later I’d be heading to Paris to do it all again but the ‘Marathon Bug’ really is a thing and I well and truly caught it!

Paris is a beautiful city and one which I look forward to getting to know even better over the 26.2 miles. It is made even more precious by being able to raise some money for MAMA Academy, a charity very close to my heart as a midwife!”

We are cheering Georgina on so much and wishing her all the very best with her gruelling training schedule. Georgina would be over the moon if any of our lovely followers were able to sponsor her, as would we: www.virginmoneygiving.com/georgielennon