Marian going for glory in Spartan Challenge
WEXFORD woman, Marian Morrissey is looking to become the pride of Wexford as she represents her home county in this year's Dublin Marathon as part of the 2012 Spar Spartan Challenge.
A person was selected from each county to take part in the challenge and Marian, from Glynn, will be hoping she can perform well and be crowned 'Queen of the Spartans'.
As part of the challenge, each participant will be provided with sports equipment as well as the guidance of fitness guru Karl Henry and nutritionist Paula Mee. The overall winner, showing most improvement and biggest effort, will win a trip to New York, providing great incentive for the participants to give it their all!
Marian is 41 and will be relying on the help and support of her husband Nigel and four teenage daughters to get her over the finishing line. She decided to make a profile and enter the competition to become Wexford's 'Spartan' after hearing about it on the radio.
Marian started walking about 5 years ago and has walked the Dublin marathon as well as the Wexford and Dingle halfmarathons and now she is hoping to up her game and run the Dublin marathon in October.
In order to enter the competition, Marian had to create a profile and then obtain votes on facebook, something which she she says the people in her local area around Glynn have been very helpful with. 'Everyone in the community has been very supportive of me.' she said, 'Not only did they really help by voting for my profile on facebook, but I've had people offer to train with me and asking how I'm getting on. Everyone out here has been great.'
Marian began her training regime last week, after compiling a plan with Karl Henry and Paula Mee, and she can be seen, rain or shine, out running the roads around Glynn. 'It's tough with the weather being like it is at the moment. I've kind of gotten used to running in the rain at this point and I nearly appreciate it. It keeps you nice and cool!'
Marian's plan will get steadily tougher and tougher until she is ready to run the Dublin Marathon in October. ' Starting out, at the moment I'm running three miles four times a week.
'Eventually I'll move up to to five and then eight and keep going and building up my endurance before the big day.'
In relation to diet, there's nothing too out of the ordinary, Marian says, and nutritionist Paula Mee stresses the usual things. ' There's nothing in terms of diet that you don't really know.' Marian said, 'It's all simple things like swapping white bread for brown and consuming more carbs and things like that.'
Marian is relishing the opportunity to take part in the challenge and will be hoping that she can be crowned 'Queen' at the end.
'It's a big commitment, but it's also a great opportunity. I think it will be good for my teenage girls to see the importance of healthy eating, exercise and keeping fit and knowing that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.'