What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I’d always run off and on in an attempt to keep fit, but it was nearly always short distances on a treadmill and I gave it up when I left uni.
I really started running seven years ago as a way to keep my mind occupied when my now husband went to Afghanistan. When he first left I struggled to run a whole mile, but I got fitter and fell in love with it. For the first time I appreciated the freedom that running gives you: there is no better feeling than looking around when you’re miles from home and realising that you got here purely because you willed yourself to do so. Running is so accessible and the things that some people achieve with it are awe inspiring; there’s a lot of goodwill between runners and it’s fun to be a part of it.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I’ve never been good at routines. At the moment I’m training for the Paris marathon, so I have to show a bit of discipline and follow a programme.10k is my favourite distance, so in more normal times I try to get out for a few easy-paced 5-10 mile runs and a couple of Barry’s Bootcamp classes each week. If I can fit in a bit of yoga as well, then that’s a bonus.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I enjoy a run with friends, but predominantly I run alone: it’s a great way to work through any of life’s niggles.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
We ran down the side of Mt Rinjani, a volcano in Lombok, on holiday last year. It felt great at the time. Pride comes before a fall: we were stiff for a week.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
My favourite song changes on a fairly regular basis, but anything ‘60s and upbeat. Right now it’s Elvis – Hound Dog.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Mostly for the fun of it, but I can’t deny that I like the challenge of trying to improve.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Make sure to do some interval training. They’re right; it’s worked wonders for my overall fitness.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don’t overdo it, but keep at it. You will get the results you wanted.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The rain jacket. I’m hoping it’s made the cut for the ladies range.
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