What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I have always been active and played a lot of sport growing up, using running to support my fitness. About five years ago following one injury too many from rugby I entered my first half marathon and have entered 2-3 of these each year since. In the last year I have steadily increased the number of races I have competed in and have entered the Paris Marathon this April. The small improvements I have made have maintained my motivation as well as entering different distance events and cross country races.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I tend to run 2-3 times during the week including 1 or 2 interval sessions with a longer distance run at the weekend. I try to fit the runs in the week around work instead of a commute.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Just runs with SOAR.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Recently running around St Moritz next to Langlauf skiers
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
“Fix up Look Sharp” by Dizzee Rascal
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I think a combination of both. I have enjoyed the atmosphere at nearly all the events I have entered and especially where there have been larger and supportive crowds. In terms of results it is important to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself but that shouldn’t be at the expense of the enjoyment.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Best advice around technique has been to avoid leaning too far forward and to think about maintaining posture regardless of speed and effort.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Get a new pair of trainers, get out there you’ll be surpised how much you can enjoy it
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Gilet (controversial) or ¾ shorts...
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