Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton

Runner and Soar Ambassador

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I got a charity place in the 2011 London Marathon. I had recently stopped drinking and smoking and was looking to make some lifestyle changes. I keep doing it as it has become a way of life for me.

What is your typical training routine?
I train 6 days a week. Usually an interval, tempo and a long run mixed up with easy runs.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I run with East London Runners

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I got a few funny looks at 6am in Las Vegas from people stumbling out of clubs, but was surprised by how many runners were also out at that time.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I don't listen to music, sometimes a podcast for the long run to keep me company.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I love the sense of working towards a goal and achieving it. But I find that fun as well.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Introducing "sessions" into my training. I used to run all my runs at 80-90% effort every time and not being satisfied unless I ended every run bent over double breathless. But learning that it is ok to run "easy" and to save some effort for more specific "interval training". So one day 5 x 1 mile at maximum effort. Next day, 30 minutes easy running etc.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Join a club. You will meet like minded people with a wealth of knowledge and experience, who will open up a glorious, magical world of running that you never knew existed.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The navy Softshell has been a godsend throughout January.


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