What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Without making this sound too sad straight off the bat... I’ve suffered with pretty severe depression since my early twenties. I ended up having a pretty bad bike accident last December breaking my arm in 6 places. Which created the perfect storm physical health and mental health wise. I basically signed up for the Hackney Half whilst still in a cast after having my arm pinned with 4 pins. Started running, fell in love with it, and here we are!
What is your typical training routine?
My typical routine is probably 5-6 runs a week. Pretty standard like most of the runners I know here with some hard sessions during the week. Then the weekly long run on a Sunday.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Highgate Harriers newbie.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
Ha well I’m pretty new so I’m going to be boring and say I haven’t yet. Any recommendations I’ll take happily.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Ah has to be “protect ya neck” by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Started as fun, but definitely for results as well as fun now.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
I’m lucky enough to have had some serious long time runners give me lots of good advice. So if you can find someone’s knowledgeable ear to bend then do it. I guess maybe about building up your mileage slowly. I was ready to run big mileage every week just because I rode my bike a lot. Certainly wouldn’t have made it to the start line at Hackney if I hadn’t have been told otherwise.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
I found out pretty quickly that every run doesn’t need to be full gas. Recovery is just as important as those hard sessions, listen to your body, it knows, haha.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Definitely the Half Tights I tested.
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