James Holt

James Holt

Member of the Soar 6

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I've always been fairly active but never saw the appeal of running. My girlfriend at the time entered a half marathon and I said I'd train with her. A month later I was hooked, going out regularly on my own, as well as with her. It very quickly became a huge part of my life and it is one of the best things that has happened to me! Running relaxes me, it humbles me, it can provide struggle, it can bring happiness, provide clarity and perspective. Running can be social, or running can be solo. This is why I run. These days I'm setting big goals and chasing times, all whilst loving the sport! As I've got so much from running I'm also trying to pass that on to other people - helping them improve.

What is your typical training routine?
I run most days, with 1-2 track sessions per week and a long run at the weekend. I also cycle to work which helps keep the fitness up. When I first started running everything was 100% effort. Now I train a lot smarter using heart rate data and targeted sessions, plus ensuring I have proper time for recovery!

Do you run with a club or a group?
I am one of the crew captains for London Midnight Runners - the best running community in London! We make running social with music, positive energy and some killer exercises. Join us!

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Running down from the summit of a volcano in Lombok, Indonesia. The ridge was covered in deep, sandy ash so you could fly down - half sliding, half running!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Anything by Above & Beyond.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. Having fun leads to better results. Chasing results makes things fun!

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Resting is just as important as training.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don't neglect learning about proper running technique - it will mean you can run longer, faster and more frequently, with less chance of injury.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Rain jacket.

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