Spencer Green’s Marathon Update #1

You can’t blog about Marathon training without showing humility. GDS International runs well, with the occasional hiccup. It’s chairman, me, Spencer Green, hiccoughs well. And we’ll leave it at that.

3.45 Marathon image

3.45 is the target. That's hours and minutes, not days. Unfortunately.

On Monday, before I set off, I read this great article about a cross-country run in Kenya. It was a bit like watching Rocky before your first trip to the gym. I knew what I wanted to do…

Anyway, I managed seven miles and a small injury. Nothing too serious, but it kept me out of action on Tuesday and I decided to vary my training regime today with a 32.5 kilometer bike ride.

I love cycling, and its mad thrash did me the world of good: endorphins, clarity of thought, mind and body working together – all the good stuff.

People tell me they feel the same way after a run. I hope so, but it still feels like a slog to me.

Here’s what I have left for the week:

Thursday – 8 mile run
Friday – 5 mile run
Saturday – 5 mile run
Sunday – Walk like John Wayne

This week is all at comfortable pace, getting miles under the belt. Next week is about getting below 9-minute miles, if not too injured. I’ll start putting times up – and pictures of the laughing ambulance driver who’s been following me.


About Spencer Green

Spencer Green founded GDS Publishing Ltd in October 1993 to specialise in industrial, government-led publications for the burgeoning Chinese market. The company launched over forty business-to-business titles, was name-checked alongside Tony Blair on China’s national news as ‘best for Chinese business’, and – following a move into India – deemed to be ‘of national importance’ by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. In 1998, GDS Publishing became GDS International and launched its first conference, Enterprise China. The hugely successful Enterprise series of conferences was rolled out across China and Latin America in the next two years. In 2000, GDS International launched its first Senior Executive Summit under the ‘Next Generation’ banner. This became the catalyst for nine years of 25% year-on-year growth... and 40% growth in 2010. In 2011, GDS held over 70 Summits for C-level Executives from a wide range of industries and across the globe, and eight digital marketing conferences. Today, GDS International is determined to become the world’s no. 1 business-to-business media and services company. It’s going to be an exciting journey! Spencer is married to Emily. They have two children, Finlay and Maya, and live in Bristol, UK.
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