Jess Rice

Jess Rice

Runner and SOAR X Member

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
The endorphins! I think I'm addicted to the post training and race highs. I like the selfish element where it's all just about you and what you can achieve, and am always in a much better mood after a run.

What is your typical training routine?
When triathlon training, I'll run, bike and swim around twice a week for each. During the off-season (now- in the winter) I'd normally do a parkrun, long commute run (13km) and a tempo run each week plus a cycle or two as my commute.

Do you run with a club or a group?
No, I find it hard to tie myself to regular specific times so like the freedom of doing it whenever suits me.

You recently joined the SOAR X Cross-country training programme, what was it that appealed to committing to 10 weeks of training to race in the cold and the mud?  
Everything! I enjoy having more guidance and structure to my training so it sounded right up my street. I was also looking for some extra motivation over the winter months to get my running performance back on form. This will hopefully equip me well for another season of triathlons next summer. 

What do you hope to get from SOAR X programme? 
Faster, fitter and more clued up on how to get the most out of my training sessions in order to improve my performances. 

How does it differ from your prior running experiences? Have you raced cross-country in the past?
I’ve only dabbled in the past, I’m normally a road runner as it’s easier to monitor progress and find routes through London. That said, I’m a country girl really so enjoy the idea of running wild through fields, climbing obstacles and getting covered in mud.  

And what have you learnt so far? Any top tips?
Run tall with your hips forward and drive with your arms. Also warm ups and stretching are fairly important! 

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I used to run home a lot after nights out, along the seafront in Aberystwyth whilst at Uni there. Big waves coming over the seafront on stormy nights added an extra element!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Stronger (What doesn't kill you) - Kelly Clarkson.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both, I train a lot for the fun of it, but obviously enjoy it even more when I'm getting faster and hitting new pb's.

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

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Pace yourself - it's so easy to get injured by overdoing it. I always want to do more and more and panic during the taper/ rest periods, but sometimes less really is more.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Fenn Shell Jacket- it's warm but not too warm, super smart and fits the job perfectly.

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