What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I grew up in a very sporty household, both my parents competed for their universities so they always encouraged us to be active. My dad had the idea that my sister and I would be good runners because we were tall and energetic kids so he got us training with a coach in Nigeria. Once we started school in England my sister got involved with other sports whilst I stuck with athletics and eventually got involved with the Heptathlon at 18. I keep at it because I love the sport and love training for different events, it never gets boring because you can always switch your focus between the 7 events.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
Mondays and Fridays we usually focus on the technical aspects of running and accelerations, ending with a gym session.
Tuesdays typically start with conditioning circuits then shot putt.
Wednesdays are the most challenging days for me. We do the longer running days, focusing on speed endurance which could be anything from 200m x 7 reps to 300,250,200 x 2 sets.
Thursday is a technical day when I do high jump and javelin.
Saturdays are my favourite - hill runs!
Do you run with a club or a group?
I compete for Stevenage and North Herts A.C but I train with an athletics group called Speed Works at Lee Valley.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Probably running through the forests during school cross country, mud flying everywhere!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I love listening to songs I can sing along to, Chris Brown is a definite favourite. To get fired up for a competition I like to listen to rap and Afro beats.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
At the beginning it was all for fun but as I've gotten older its about both. I love running and competing. My dream is to one day win a gold medal at the Olympics but I'll always keep going because I enjoy it.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Never underestimate yourself and "it'll all be over in less than 3minutes" (when describing an 800m race)
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
If you're struggling with motivation, set goals and once you reach them reward yourself and keep going.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The men's kit is very sleek. Can't wait to try the women's range.
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