What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I have always thought of myself as more of an individual than a team player, so sports like running which primarily rely on one's own dedication and effort always appealed to me more. I think I continue to run because it’s a great way to compete against others, and I feel that for me exercise, especially running gives life more focus.
What is your typical training routine?
My training centres around 3 key sessions - a Tuesday track session, a Thursday tempo, and a Sunday long run. Any additional easy runs or gym sessions are a top up to these 3 core sessions.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Pitsea R.C and the SOAR X
Where's the strangest place you've run?
I ran outside of Essex once. I hated it.....Never again!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I think I was born 20 years late to be a real MOD, however any track by "The Jam" always gets me moody and pumped up for a good run.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I can only admit to running for fun because if I were to say I run for results I should take up a different sport. I get a huge amount of enjoyment from running, however unfortunately for me the results have never quite followed the level of enthusiasm I have for the sport.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Take it steady on the first lap, and build as the race goes on!
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
I would have to say join a club, or get a friend to join you on runs because running can be a really solitary sport and it can be made a lot easier to breakdown a 5,10,15 mile run if you’re in good company.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Merino & Silk T Shirt Base.
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