What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I grew up on a farm in New Zealand - and got into running by chasing after our dogs, sheep and my dad's motorbike. Until the age of 11, my running shoe of choice was Wellingtons or barefoot...
What is your typical weekly training routine?
My main sessions usually comprise of intervals or hills on a Tuesday, tempo or hills on a Thursday and sometimes a race on a Saturday and a long run on a Sunday. Easy runs or cross training on the other days. I'm also a kickboxer, so I do a lot of conditioning, technique and sparring work in the mornings.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I've recently joined Serpentine and previously ran with different clubs in Australia and New Zealand.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Probably the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam - in the jungle and swamp. I got horribly lost, chased by dogs and rescued by some amazing locals.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
'Clap your hands' by Sia
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
A couple of years ago I would have said that I run purely for the results and achievement of goals. Although I still love this part of the sport, if I was told I could never race again I would still run for the love of it. So I think love/fun is my primary motivator!
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Pay attention to the things in your life that affect your running. You can do everything right in training, but if you're not putting the same effort into nutrition, recovery and stress management - you won't attain the results that are possible!
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Consistency is key! Build up your mileage and intensity slowly (and make sure not to avoid building up intensity) and avoid injury at all costs!
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Looking forward to the ladies' collection! I've hijacked a mates softshell jacket and am avoiding its return.
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