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Carl Pattison

Carl Pattison

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I started as a headteacher in 2014 and needed something to help with the challenges of the job. I no longer played football so needed something else. A friend suggested training for the Great Notth run and I've not stopped since.

What is your typical training routine?
3 runs a week. Which always contains a longer run at the weekend. The other two runs focus on fartlek, hills and speed sessions.

Do you run with a club or a group?
No. I've always trained alone.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I once camped in Shrewsbury and tried a hill session. At the top it stated 'Dangerous hill.' I guess it was the steepest thing I've be run on more than the strangest.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?​
I don't listen to music when running bacause I love to experience the surroundings.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I guess it's a mixture. Running has brought me lots of fun and PBs along the way.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Mix up your training.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Running is a gradual process that requires commitment. Build things up nice and steady so you can remain injury free and enjoy the feeling of progress.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The long sleeve top I recently purchased is great. Fantastic quality and has been spot on for runs on a chilly Sunday.


 

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