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Adam Tarpey

Adam Tarpey

Runner and Management Consultant

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
My competitive nature. My best friend signed up to run Brighton Marathon in 2012 and I didn't want him to have run a marathon before me so I signed up as well! While competitiveness got me started, the social side of running is what I love the most, from training runs with one friend to cruising through the streets of a new city with hundreds of locals. I've met more people through running than I can count and being able to share experiences with them just through putting on a pair of trainers and getting outside is what keeps me running! Running is unique in that there are no barriers to entry, anyone can do it and while having great kit makes life easier, ultimately your ability to achieve your goals is limited by your mind-set, not your wallet. This makes the running community so diverse and it's a wonderful way to meet people from all walks of life.

What is your typical training routine?
As a management consultant I work away from home a lot, so I try and run 2 or 3 times during the week around whichever city I'm working in, and hit the gym in the morning as well (mostly so I don't feel guilty about the breakfast buffet at the hotel!). When I'm in London I run with Midnight Runners on a Tuesday night.. our 10k boot-camp run is ALWAYS the highlight of my week! I look forward to longer runs at the weekend and during the warmer months I try and cycle once a week too.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Yup - London Midnight Runners. If running 10k through the streets of London with a couple of hundred likeminded people, all to a great soundtrack pumped out by portable speakers, sounds like fun then come and join us on Tuesday nights!

Where's the strangest place you've run?
From the summit of Kilimanjaro down to the base camp. It was like running down a huge sand dune but above the clouds

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Lose Yourself - Eminem..... always at the end of my long run playlist

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both I think.... I want to finish every run smiling.... sometimes that comes from just being outside and running with friends and sometimes that comes from going a little bit faster than I thought I could!

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Get comfortable being uncomfortable

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Read "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall.... full of great tips and a fascinating story

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Merino & Silk T Shirt Base

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