Dr. Dwaine Vance, Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon Ambassador, April 2015

It’s hard to believe that I have almost come to the end of my marathon training with just a few tapering runs to complete before I undertake the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon on 4th May

The last six months have been an exciting but very rewarding adventure which I hope to repeat on a yearly basis. I am hoping to participate in the Strabane / Lifford half marathon this month to finish off my training regime and to mentally prepare myself for the atmosphere at the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon.

Last weekend I reached the peak of my training by running 20 miles in the beautiful Fermanagh countryside with my good friend Jason. This was no easy feat as I had just about shrugged off a moderate left knee injury. Thankfully, after some treatment and a reduction in road running, albeit an increase in cycling and swimming I have bounced back to a full recovery. The weather over the past week or two has been exceptional for this time of year and has provided perfect endurance running conditions – here’s hoping that the weather will be just as good for the big day itself!

For the last number of months I have been paying very careful attention to my diet, nutrition and hydration. Over the last number of weeks I have been focusing on continually trialling and improving the foods I consume. This included changing components of my meals e.g. changing my breakfast to the new White’s Porridge Oats “Pro Active Oats”. White’s porridge provide a full 10 mg of protein per sachet unlike my previous brand of oats which was less than half of that. I noted that this additional protein would be beneficial to my marathon training especially during my resistance training, core strength and recovery times.

The last six months have been a tremendous experience and I would like to thank those in the Belfast City Marathon Committee for selecting me to be one of the two official Ambassadors. I would also like to thank my wonderful colleagues at Randox Molecular Diagnostics Department, for their very kind monetary donations. Every pound will be put to excellent use to help those living with Cancer. I am proud to be running the Deep RiverRock Belfast Marathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care NI.
Marie Curie