Darren McIntyre

Darren McIntyre at work

DarrenMy job is on and oil platform in Bass Strait where I live for one week and then home to my gorgeous family for a week. Working offshore has its benefits but as you could well imagine there are no places to go and run. We have a reasonably well appointed gym with a couple of treadmills and a rowing machine and bikes etc. Last year I competed in the Melbourne half marathon and my training was very hotch potch. I didn’t have any real program to follow and just did what I could at work doing all my speed stuff on the treadmill and then long runs at home. My goal now is to complete the Great Ocean Road full marathon in a time of 3hrs45min based on my time for Melb Half. About 9mths ago my wife was diagnosed with bowel cancer and has just recently finished 6mths of intensive chemo therapy. This brings me to how I am able to motivate myself to train for this event.....my gorgeous Wife.
Although She is cancer free there is still a battle ahead to get well and recover. I feel that in some ways training for a marathon is a metaphor for what my Wife has been through. So with all this I have committed to completing this marathon and was introduced to your program by a good friend Karl Waddell. Karl has also gone through a very traumatic time and has organised that a few of us could do this run to honour his Son River. Just another motivating factor. As you can see it isn’t so hard to train for a marathon when there are people out there who are much worse off than I could ever be, regardless of what conditions I have to put up with to get there. Running is good for your heart, your soul and your body and anyone out there who thinks they cannot run or are unwilling to get out there and have a crack are just making poor excuses, because we are all born to run and we should all run!!!
I want to thank you guys for a fantastic program. Without it I wouldn’t be able to get the effective training and routine that helps to get my through out there on the platform. I am even able to adapt it a bit to suit. As you could imagine running on a treadmill for 2 to 3 hrs can be....let’s say....a little tedious!! Keep up the great work guys.
Yours in the spirit of running
Darren McIntyre