What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I decided to try and follow a healthier lifestyle a couple of years ago and started watching what I ate and running to keep fit. I never thought I would enjoy the running as much as I now do and one of the reasons has been discovering interesting running routes. The Regent's canal is fantastic and the time flies by thanks to the many distractions along the way.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I usually manage 3-4 runs per week, although work and family commitments can make it hard to follow a defined training plan. In a good week I manage a couple of runs home from work and a couple of long runs at the weekend.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I'm not currently a member of a club, although I'm considering joining or possibly starting one.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
There's a fantastic 20km coastal path from Crail to St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. The scenery is a mix of rocky cliffs and beautiful beaches with golden sand and crystal clear water. I'm not sure it qualifies as strange, but it was a new experience for a London based runner!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I typically don't listen to music when running, although I might try taking some stand-up comedy on longer runs.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I have a lot of fun trying to lower my times.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
"Run faster" was the advice from a good friend when I asked how to lower my half marathon time. I didn't think he was being particularly helpful at the time but it's actually great advice. Practising running fast and building up distances at speed has been key to improving my PBs.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
The key is to forget what you are doing. The first 5km are the hardest - if you can get through this then your mind will wander and you will start to enjoy it. Likewise, avoid treadmills; staring at a clock is the least enjoyable way to run!
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The mid-temperature top fits perfectly, looks great and stays dry on long runs. I couldn't be happier with it.
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