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Emily Dudgeon

Emily Dudgeon

Runner, Medical Student and Commonwealth Games Semi-Finalist

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I started running because I loved the feeling of freedom and peace that it gave me! That was back when I was 10 and I've never lost the love of that feeling. I'm also pretty competitive so the two combined to make me start competing in athletics. What keeps me doing it is the desire to keep making my body better today than it was yesterday and to work on making progress step by step. I also think competitive sport teaches you great lessons to help face the challenges of life: patience, persistence, positivity.

What is your typical training routine?
I train on a four day cycle so I have an easy day, medium day, hard day and then a recovery day. This encompasses my endurance work, strength and power work, my interval training and mobility/flexibility work. It also works really well around university placements as a medical student.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I compete for Edinburgh AC but train with a group at Dundee Hawkhill Harriers where I am in my last year of medical school.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Hmm that is tricky. We used to do reps in this tunnel next to Arthur's seat when it was dark in the winter.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
This is so typical of a Scot but I love listening to Caledonia- it’s just really stirring.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For the flow and the peace of mind!

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Be adaptable. There's no such thing as the 'right' way.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Listen to what your body is telling you, from the beginning. If you haven't run before your body might not like it at first. Adapt your plan so that you're working with your body, not against it.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Tilia long sleeve- the perfect layer!

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