Pink Lady® Marathon blog – Andy Orr
This is the third year on the trot Andy Orr, Group Account Director at our brand experience agency TRO, has kindly donated his time and energy to help raise money for our chosen charity, which this year is Stroke Association, by running the Virgin Money London Marathon dressed in the notorious Pink Lady® apple costume.
Starting in school, Andy has always been nifty on his feet, especially over long distances, honing his skills in those ‘dreaded January cross country runs’. More recently the picturesque Tatton Park in Cheshire has become his new stomping ground, racing the deer and herding the sheep, trying just about anything to keep motivated. As we all know reaching a goal, especially a mammoth one such as this, is hard work and it takes dedication, but for Andy it all becomes worth it when he hears the cries of “go on Andy the apple!’ cheering him on while he pounds the 26.2 miles of London’s tough streets.
Andy’s training regime varies greatly depending on family and work commitments, but his best advice is: “Make the training work for you. Chose a plan and goal that’s achievable. My work can take me away from home quite a bit, giving me the perfect opportunity to check out a different city while on a run. From Amsterdam to Glasgow, being able to get under the skin of a new city from a runner’s perspective can be really insightful, especially first thing in the morning, before a city centre has really woken up.
“Also, eating right, but not being too strict helps me. We all need a treat at the end of the week, be it a couple of pints or an Indian take away, but in the run up to the big day, I make sure I’m eating the right kind of food, a good balance of carbs, protein and greens.”
Andy doesn’t have any other runs planned this year, but I’m sure we’ll be able to convince him to put his running shoes back on in 2016, but first we need to get ‘Andy the apple’ through this challenge.