What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I got into running after signing up for my first triathlon, the Hever Castle Half-Ironman. Before that, due to other sports I never found the time to get out and simply run. What’s keeping me doing it is the satisfaction of getting the miles done and having an end gain. Having a target of a half-ironman was a big motivator!
What is your typical weekly training routine?
My weekly running routine would vary between interval and fartlek training sessions with my hockey team twice a week and then getting out and doing around 5-10 miles twice a week. Finding a balance between the two was tricky but was ok once in a routine.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I personally find it a lot easier to run alone, it may not be very sociable of me but I prefer hitting my own pace and not having to worry about kicking on speed-wise and leaving anyone behind...
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had any particularly strange runs, however, doing a hill run in the 40 degree heat in Turkey was one of the most satisfying. Getting to the top of a mammoth climb and getting to look out on what I’d conquered was definitely worth the pain!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Embarrassingly, Taylor Swift – Shake It Off. It’s irritatingly catchy and is somehow the perfect pace for me to speed up slightly. I got some very quick miles out of Taylor! Bizarrely the second best was Dead Prez – Hip Hop, probably the polar opposite.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For me it was for the results, I wanted to put in a good time for my half-ironman, plus it has been amazing preparation for the start of my new hockey season.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
The best bit of advice I got from another runner was to properly invest in proper equipment. I have had bad knees from a very young age due to overplaying, and getting a good pair of trainers meant I could train properly without any pain. Also simple things like a good pair of socks and general running gear stopped any unwelcome blisters of chafing! Simple yet makes a huge difference.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
For me it was getting in a routine and setting myself a training plan. Simply waking up and saying I may go for a run today often ended with me not bothering. I think getting something concrete on paper made me get up and go. Once I was out and running I got a buzz out of doing the mileage and preparing for a massive feat.
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