Introducing Bradley Simmonds as he embarks on his partnership with TAG Heuer and The Watch Gallery

My Inspiration for training for the marathon & my training schedule

I love all sorts of sporting activities, however long distance running has never been a favourite of mine and in all honesty running the marathon was never really on my bucket list.

I enjoy sports that are competitive, explosive or require a team effort and to me marathon running isn’t really any of those. It is a completely different type of sport to what I am used to and more importantly what my body is used to, so what has inspired me to take part?
Challenge, the challenge of taking part in something I never thought I would be good at was a huge factor for me. I’m a strong build and have always associated marathon running with very lean light weight athletes. So from a physical perspective I am not stereotypically designed to be great at marathon running.

Nevertheless, just because my body is more similar to a boxer rather than Mo Farah, it doesn’t mean I can’t do it.
I am a strong believer that challenging ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zone is the best way to achieve great things. So when The Watch Gallery and TAG Heuer put me up to the challenge I couldn’t say no. If I turned down this opportunity to run in the 2017 London Marathon, I guess I’d be contradicting my own beliefs and missing out on a potentially great personal achievement.

Therefore, as a result of the challenge ahead, I’ve been training hard and preparing my body and mind for the 26.2 miles ahead of me.
“Don’t watch the clock, do what it does and keep going”

As part of my new partnership with The Watch Gallery and TAG Heuer, I’ll be training for the marathon and managing my time using a range of their sports watches. I’ve currently been sporting the new Formula 1 TWG Limited Edition men’s watch in their signature blue, which just so happens to be my favourite colour.
Now wearing a watch like this really does make you want to do it justice. I’ve kept my head down and exceeded all expectations in my first few weeks of training.
See my training schedule below.

My London Marathon Training Schedule so far…
• Recovery/Rest day
• 2.5 km @ an average speed of 15kmh
• 10 x 1 minute on/off interval hill sprints (incline 6 speed 16 kmh)
• 20 x 30 seconds on/off interval sprints (speed 22 kmh)
• 16km/10 mile run outdoors
• 5km run on the treadmill
• 10 x 30 seconds on/off interval sprints (speed 22kmh)
• 20km run outdoors with fellow marathon runners
Each week I will be aiming to increase my mileage, I aim to reach up to 20 miles prior to the big day.

Feeling Confident
So I’ve openly admitted that this is going to be a tough challenge for me, many people assume I should find it a walk in the park (excuse the pun). Nevertheless, I am feeling more and more confident after every long distance run and I am learning to enjoy it with the right music, sports clothes and accessories. I’ve always said that what you wear in the gym can make all the difference to your mindset and motivation and for me the marathon is no different. As long as I train hard and feel the part, I am ready for any challenge.

Remember you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing more updates based around my marathon preparation and how The Watch Gallery and TAG Heuer are supporting me on this journey.