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Joe Wood

Joe Wood

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Initially, it was during my travels in Australia that I got into running and since then it’s been the benefits I get both mentally and physically from it.

What is your typical training routine?
As a married man with two young boys I try to run every other day. Running a varied distance, trying to run to work at least once a week. Generally running at least 10-12km unless time is limited then a quick 5km will do.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I always thought about it and figured it would be something I'd enjoy but not sure I'd be able to commit to especially at this stage in life.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
It’s not exactly strange but over Christmas back in 2011 I stayed with the families at Chittering Farm in Ely. We were basically staying on the owner’s farmland and no one had access to the land unless you were allowed. It was completely flat and it felt like you were the only one around, it was amazing. Just running in complete isolation with only the beautiful scenery around you.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Power Glove by Knife Party... look it up, its pretty much a hardcore dance track.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I guess it's a combination, I enjoy running but without a goal you won't get better results. As with most things it’s a balance of keeping fit and knowing when to push yourself.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
To make sure you fully stretch before and after a run. When I was younger I always thought stretching after was the key and since doing both I’ve recovered much more quickly from doing longer runs than ever before. As someone in their 40's recovery is key, especially when you have a family and other commitments.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Still stick with it... I've always seen running about distance over time so just keep going and the fitness will come. It doesn't matter how long it takes to run a distance, you'll get there in the end.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
X-Line Tempo Top which is great at this time of year. Light but that extra layer of warmth when running in the cold.

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