Gill Bland

Gill Bland

Runner and Soar Ambassador

What got you into running? A what keeps you doing it?
I started running because I realised I was unfit but had just started working, was living in an expensive city and didn't want to spend money on a gym. I keep doing it because I love the way running makes you notice how your body has been put together and how it encourages you to take in your surroundings. It also gives me time to think and relax but also provides a challenge, brilliant experiences and new friendships

What is your typical training routine?
Monday = easy runcommute (my favourite run of the week), Tuesday = track, Wednesday = strength training, Thursday = tempo session, Friday = Easy, Saturday = Longrun, Sunday = Conditioning. Plus there's usually a few extra run commutes thrown in for fun.This year though I'm looking to up the strength work so this might change a bit. I'm trying to learn to swim too.

Do you run with a club or a group?
If I'm running with a group it's The AR Collective (aka Advent Running) who are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I didn't think I'd like running in a group until I tried it with them. More recently I've started running for Harrow Athletics Club and occasionally I manage to join in with the BBC running club

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Round the F1 racetrack in Montreal. It's open to the public on non-race days and is free to use for runners and rollerbladers as well as cars.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I started running without music a year ago and now really enjoy it. However, occasionally I'll feel like some tunes and I know I'll always get a boost from Mark Ronson's Ooh Wee

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For the fun of it but I also love the challenge of getting results. I like to think that if I wasn't getting the results I'd still love it just as much.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
For racing: look up, look around, remember that you love this.
For training: It's just practice. If you want to run faster practice running faster. If you want to run further practice running further.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don't have your head turned by every new bit of advice or new 'top ten tips'. Just go and run and do what works for you.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Tilia Long Sleeve. I've got it in two colours and I've barely taken it off since I got it. It's breathable enough to run in, the cuffs are lovely and soft and it looks smart enough to wear as a normal top as well. 

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