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Martin White

Martin White

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Like many people I started running as a way to lose weight, over the years many factors have kept me going, meeting people through club running and events and more recently focusing on reducing my times. I'm never satisfied with a PB for long so need to keep training and racing in order to beat it!

What is your typical weekly training routine?
I run as much as I can. Consistency in training is key and I try to run at least 40 miles a week, sometimes peaking around 70. In the last year I have dropped most of my longer than half marathon runs and concentrating more on getting faster at shorter distances. I typically get a long run of 10k or 13 miles early in the week. Intervals will feature heavily in mid week, 3 x 2 miles or (6 x 800, 2000m, 2 x 400) or Oregon circuits are some of my favourite sessions. I'll also try and get a run commute (around 10 miles) into a typical week too, as it's a great way to build mileage. Friday I will try and fit in a lighter day or rest day and race at the weekend, 5k and 10k races have been really enjoyable this year.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I started out with Serpentine in 2009, it's a great club and an amazing resource for runners in London. In 2012 I started to run with a more local club Ealing Eagles but more recently moved to West 4 Harriers, I'm looking forward to taking part in the cross country season for W4 and enjoying a whole new set of courses!

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
A run up a dormant volcano, felt a bit like running on a planet from the Star Trek original series!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
It's strange, because during ultras I would say something like Bach after 40 odd miles really soothes and helps me find a rhythm, making me run faster. For flat out short sharp speed I would go with something like Blue Fear (Armin) or Reptilla (Strokes)

Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Of course it's fun, it's got to be about fun, I'm never going to be a pro so it's something that I do as a hobby in my spare time and I enjoy it (mostly!) But one of the things that makes it such good fun is the sense of achievement you get from beating your times and getting those results. So a happy mixture of the two.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
I've been lucky to have had such good advice over the years, consistency is the biggest common theme I hear from runners I admire. Consistent training will get you there.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Run your way, do the types of running and races you want to do at that point of your running journey. Half the fun of running is learning about yourself and discovering new things for yourself. Never let anyone limit what you can do, push your own limits to find out what you are capable of.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The race shorts, lightweight & short, perfect for racing!

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