David Cato

David Cato

Runner and IT consultant

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I started just before turning 30 as a way to feel healthier. I have carried on as I find it a great way to unwind after a day in the office.

What is your typical weekly training routine?
I’ll probably run six or seven times a week, and I will try and include some cycling and swimming at some point as well. If I’m training for a marathon I’ll run anything up to 80 miles a week, but normally I’ll average around 40 miles.

Do you run with a club or a group? 
I belong to Eton Manor AC who are based in Leyton.  

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
It would have to be the military firing ranges in Lulworth, complete with a deserted village and tank ruins.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I haven’t run with music for some time, but I do remember Ed Rush and Optical’s 1999 Essential Mix make me run too quickly when I listened to it

Do you run for the fun of it or for the results? 
I would say both. It’s hard work trying to improve your times through training, but rewarding when it pays off.   

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Rest more! I ran for 80 days consecutively last year and covered about 800 miles. I was in top form for lots of it, but ultimately got injured. I’m a lot more careful and listen to my body now. A missed day of training won’t hurt as much as weeks or months of not running.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Keep up the good work. Don’t feel like you don’t belong, running is for everyone, no matter what speed you are.   

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I love the softshell jacket and it is a staple garment now that the weather has started becoming colder and wetter. 

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