Ilona Kriauzaite

Ilona Kriauzaite


What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
The reason I got into running was for my desire and determination to improve my fitness, all of the other mental factors, confidence, intensity and focus. Motivation is so important in running, because you have to work and train hard, sometimes in the face of fatigue, but it maximises your ability to achieve your goals. It's difficult to be highly motivated on your own. I run with my coach or with my running group which allows me to push harder and accomplish my goals.

What is your typical training routine?
I'm running 30 miles a week but gradually increasing now up to about 70 miles. I'm trying to add some new types of sessions. I plan my week ahead. I include Speed intervals, like 400 meters sprints. My entire session takes 60-70 minutes, including warm-up, cool-down and recovery. Hill sessions, I include one per week with running fast, for example up to 200m hill and then running fast back down. After each set I do 200 or 400 meters jog. I also do long runs once a week and tempo runs, once I'm well recovered.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I started running with the Thames Hare and Hounds RC in 2014. I did all my major runs with club and other local running groups. In 2016, I joined Serpentine RC.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I ran in a rural area once, after getting lost I suddenly found myself running down a railway track...

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
It's a badass! All fast and catchy songs though. 

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For me, I think running is just awesome fun when you're making progress.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Enjoy the atmosphere.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Make it a habit.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The men's rain jacket. But, looking forward to trying the new SOAR women's range.

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