Lucy Hughes

Lucy Hughes

Runner and SOAR X Member

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I signed up for a charity run with friends about 7 years ago. They just ran that race, I kept up the running.

What is your typical training routine?
5 days training a week with 2 days of rest. If I'm marathon training, my favourite plan is Pfitzinger and Douglas. I try to include gym strength classes and yoga when I can each week.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I'm a bit of a loner, but am trying to do more social running. I love Strava though, if that counts.

You recently joined the SOAR X Cross-country training programme, what was it that appealed about committing to 10 weeks of training to race in the cold and the mud?
I've never been coached before, that always seemed a little too serious or professional for me. Doing it as part of a group felt much less intimidating. Plus, I like running in mud.

What do you hope to get from the programme?
I want to understand how to train for off-road running whilst living, working and training in the city. I've never run cross-country before, so I'm hoping to learn tactics and technique for the races.

How does it differ from your prior running experiences? Have you raced cross-country in the past? 
Most of my running is in central London, but I try to get out to trails at weekends and when I'm on holiday. I've done a few fell races, but never cross country. I've also never run on a proper track before, so that's exciting too.

And what have you learnt so far? Any top tips?
Listen to your coach! Focus on technique and quit when your form starts to slip. More reps are pointless if you aren't doing them right. 

Where's the strangest place you've run?
When I go skiing in the winter I like to keep up my running, so I run up the blue pistes after the lifts close at the end of the day. I take a head torch and listen out for piste bashers.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Rocker by Alter Ego.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I train for the fun of it, but in races I try hard to overtake the other runners.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Consistency prevents injury, don't up training distance or intensity too quickly. Go really easy on your recovery runs, however itching you are, concentrate on keeping it slow.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Stop listening to music and start paying attention to your body.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Fenn Shell jacket, it's by far the quietest running jacket I've tried, no rustling whatsoever.



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