Joshua Bond

Joshua Bond

Runner and SOAR X Member

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Three things - I've always thought that running was a fun way to explore and an awesome way to clear your head. Finally, it also feeds my competitive side. It's definitely this combination that keeps me running.

What is your typical training routine?
It constantly changes. If I have a particular race in mind, I'll tailor my routine to that. This year I really got into CrossFit and have been using that to build strength for longer races.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I run now and then with the Clapham Chasers and Run Dem Crew. More recently I've been part of the SOAR X training program. It's the first time I've been coached and I'm seeing improvements already.

You’ve recently joined the SOAR X cross-country training programme. What do you hope to get from the programme?
XC has always appealed to me. I've run a lot of trails and off road running so I thought SOAR X would be the perfect opportunity to meet some awesome people and enter my first XC races with a competitive edge.

What do you hope to get from SOAR X programme? 
I hope to get a bit more structure to my training and build on techniques that I can carry over to other races. I'm going to push myself as far as I can go with this programme.

How does it differ from your prior running experiences? Have you raced cross-country in the past?
The biggest difference is having a coach. It's amazing having someone pick apart your technique, going through drills and teaching proper running form. I've never raced XC before, but I'm confident with the coaches behind me.

And what have you learnt so far? Any top tips?
I've learnt a lot to do with the quality of my training. Also how important warm-up and cool-down runs are - I tended to overlook these before.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Running around the GR54 in Écrins took a mate and I to some strange but beautiful places.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Health - Men Today.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Bit of both! I find it fun and love the competitive side of it.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
It was probably to train more cleverly. Rather than thrashing out 90% effort over the same old route, to start mixing it up and introduce a bit of strength based training; cross training; hills; intervals; easy runs etc.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Join a club. You will meet a load of wonderful like-minded people of all different levels. You'll learn about different sessions and ways to train. All invaluable stuff.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I'm loving the Ultra Rain Jacket - it's perfect for these colder, wet evenings.

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