I Am Not A Runner


The London Marathon… to read those words sounds a struggle in its self no matter how fit you may be, but we would like to make that uphill battle seem a bit easier for Sian. Henry J Socks wants to help boost awareness and raise as much money as possible for her chosen charity, Asthma UK. This charity is very close to her heart and us at Henry J Socks. Sian is running the London marathon on the 23rd of April 2017.  We are very touched by Sian’s story and have been following her progress in training.

Sian is bright and cheerful and loves yellow. We will donate the full amount of every pair of yellow socks sold to Sian’s fundraising page.- http://henryjsocks.co.uk/product/yellow/ 

Alternatively if yellow is not your colour head straight to her fundraising page and donate now – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SianPond



Sian Ponds Story:

On 23rd April I will be running 26.2 incredibly scary miles in the London Marathon 2017 all in aid of a fantastic charity very close to my heart – Asthma UK. I, like so many people, suffer from Asthma, but I am not running for me. In August 1995 I lost my dad to Asthma when he suffered an asthma attack when I was only 5. I am running in memory of my incredible Dad and raising awareness and support for the wonderful charity. Asthma is something that is so common but yet can be so deadly. Three people die from Asthma every day, while every 8 minutes some are admitted to hospital.

I am a professional dancer, and dance teacher, so have a fit and active lifestyle. I began dancing at three years old and went on to train as a professional dancer at London Studio Centre. I have been fortunate to work as a dancer and performer on TV, Film and Stage but the fitness needed for this is nothing like that for a marathon. I am not a runner. I could barely run 3 miles without stopping and I certainly never enjoyed going for a run.

I started training 13 weeks ago, and I have less than three weeks to go. The training has been tough as I suffered a foot injury early on and have recently been Ill with bad asthma preventing me from training. I’ve tried so hard to stick to the 16-week training plan, but it’s been tougher than anticipated with work and teaching dance in the evenings.

My diet hasn’t been overly different, but I ensure I have a good breakfast – usually full-fat greek yoghurt, bran flakes and blueberry compote, a big lunch with carbs and protein followed by dinner of meat and vegetables. In the next few weeks leading up to the marathon, I need to focus on nutrition, hydration and starting to taper my runs after my longest run in the next few days. The thought of marathon day is exciting and terrifying, but the reason for me doing it will keep me going.

My Dad, Brody Pond was a funny, charismatic, loving man and I wish more than anything he was here today.

For more information about the Asthma UK click here…

Good luck Sian from all of us at Henry J Socks!

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