Marcus Brown

Marcus Brown

Runner, surveyor and Soar Ambassador

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I was never into long distance running at school or university. I got into running through a bet from a friend to do a 10k, I loved it, I built my confidence up through running additional 10ks, then half marathons before completing my first marathon in 2008. As of Oct 2016, I've gone on to run 11 marathons including, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Edinburgh marathons plus others.

What is your typical training routine?
This year (2016) I've run 3 marathons all within the 3hrs range, with New York my final marathon coming up. I'd run on average 45miles per week, this would be a combination of fast and slow runs. At the moment I'm going through a transition in my training programme, as I was previously doing too many speed sessions which led to a number of injuries. So I'm in the process of changing this following the New York marathon. Bar running I focus on cross training, strength and conditioning, and rest days.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I currently run solo, but don't mind running in a group.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I haven't got any locations to note which would raise any eyebrows, but probably the strangest run I've done was a 5k colour run. Getting pelted in the face with powder and trying to breath simultaneously isn't an experience I'd like to repeat!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Not Afraid by Eminem.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I enjoy running, but my aim is to work to a Boston Qualifier marathon time.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
A fellow running friend advised me that in running you have to accept that pain and fatigue are part of the package. We have a friend we train with, he's called The Beast, you can't see him but you can hear him. Sitting on your shoulder when the going gets tough, whispering in your ear to stop, to slow down. We train to look forward to his arrival, not to fear him. When he arrives you know you are pushing your limits and getting stronger. However I'm still learning to like him.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Enjoy it. Join a local club or do a park run as you will meet lots of knowledgeable people whose experience will guide you from making rookie mistakes, as you work towards whatever your goal is.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The rain jacket.

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