London based Personal Trainer, with a speciality in running. I race competitively over 3k - 10k. Always in a seemingly continual juggle with my intensive training regime and an active social calendar, it's all I know. Commute running has become a valuable necessity. Running for me is therapeutic, competition at its purest, getting back to nature, cathartic, self discipline, adrenaline rushes...and much much more.
What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
The catalyst for me was trying to be the fittest guy on the football pitch. Then inevitably I got the bug, addicted to getting quicker over 5k. Really enjoyed hitting targets, then consequently, setting new ones.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I enjoy one full rest day, usually do 2 hard sessions of differing volume and one staple long run between 90mins to 2 hours. The rest is relaxed running - usually commuting.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I run for Highgate Harriers, who have an array of top quality runners. This has certainly been integral to my improvement, at the same time I've met some top quality people. I can't recommend it enough.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Probably in an exceptionally rural and unfortunately deprived village in India. Pre 6am runs to avoid the heat, traffic and subsequent pollution were unexpectedly enjoyable. Getting chased by stray and potentially rabid dogs, not so much.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Birdy Nam Nam - Defiant Order
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
They go hand in hand at the moment, but I do love the therapeutic nature and relaxed state of mind that accompanies a long, solitudinous run.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Get into the hurt box and close the lid.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Join a club, do destination based running ie. commuting as gives it purpose. Make sure you do sessions once a week.
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