Alex Hobley

Alex Hobley

Member of the Soar 6

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Aged 10 a new teacher at my primary school decided to start a lunch time cross country club. I decided to go along and see what it was like. On joining I initially didn't make the selection for the school's team as a number of others were faster. I spent the next few months training and quickly realised that if I persisted and worked hard in training the improvements would come. Once I made the school team the following year I'd learnt my lesson that hard work pays off. It was an important lesson to learn that's stayed with me ever since. Nowadays I run as I want to finally find out how quick I can actually be across a range of distances.

What is your typical training routine?
I tend to run around 5-6 days a week. With an aim of at least 2 quality speed sessions plus a long run. The rest of my runs will be slightly easier runs and occasionally some hill training.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Herne Hill Harriers, based in Tooting. Currently I am working towards the July 2017 Soar mile and am part of the Soar Six!

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Rural India perhaps. I went running up a hill on my own saw a hyena about 80m away from me. I've never ran so fast down hill in my life!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Pass. I find music doesn't make me go faster it just helps distract me from the pain on a solo long run towards the end.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
The results - no question.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
I've heard lots of good nuggets. The one which resonates most at present is perhaps the importance on having a focused winter of training with a decent number of weekly miles. This sets up an athlete for the summer.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Stick with it. Try and ensure you do running little and often to begin with and only increase the load gradually.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The rain jacket - no question - its survived some right shockers weather wise!

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