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Emanuela Castelnuovo

Emanuela Castelnuovo

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I spent my adulthood running no longer than the occasional flight up TFL escalators when late for the office. In 2014, I sailed the Med for a month with no occasion for activity other than a quick run as we landed in ports.  I run in Gibraltar, Barcelona, Nice and Malta and got hooked. I never looked back.

I run because it is exhilarating and because it is *the* time for myself. It makes me feel alive, connected, I have learned my limits and how to go beyond them, running has become a daily centering experience, I have met fatigue and we have become best friends.

I love kit because it becomes my cocoon, like a snail house. Shoes shorts and GPS on the wrist and I can go anywhere. In the process I have also shown what a woman of my age can do and oh, I often win races in my age group. There are objectives and PBs and all that, of course, but what really makes it is the energy that comes from effort, the pull I get from those that race alongside and the boom when I cross the finish line.

What is your typical weekly training routine?
Anything does. Speedwork once a week, long on weekends (20km+), one or two commutes from office and a steady diet of 10k races in the summer, plus running uphills in the Alps, mountain trails and white roads.

Do you run with a club or a group?
When I can, but never feel alone when I run by myself

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
6k up and down a 10 metres terrace

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Mermaid of Salinas, Basement Jaxx

Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For the effort

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
From my boyfriend: 'Don't look at your GPS, just enjoy'

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Listen to your body, go fast when your body cheers it, stop when it says so.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
When will women shorts come?

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