What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I started running at the age of 25 to lose weight and began with marathons. I stepped onto the track for the first time in my life at the age of 29 and discovered I was better suited to the shorter distances (400m and 800m). All my training is focused on performance and trying to realise my potential. As a general rule my aim is to perform optimally at my annual championships.
What is your typical training routine?
A very general overview would be strength work plus easy aerobic Monday and Wednesday, quality sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Sat/Sunday. This is a simple formula that works well for many athletes and one that I use for many of the athletes I coach. I also train on a cycle of 3 weeks on and then 1 week recovery. The recovery week provides a welcome physical (and mental) break from intensity and it also has a reduction in the volume of work. Both my coach and I are finding that we are having to adapt things as I get older and what worked well a few years ago needs changing now.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I don’t train with a group as the programme my coach sets me is designed for me and my own physiological needs. Having said that I am often lucky enough to have company when some of the sprinters from my local track feel that my sessions (or modifications of them) may suit them and so join in with me – my gain as it’s always lovely to have company. Having said that I do feel that despite always running quicker with people I still have more to gain from ensuring I am doing what I need to do rather than compromise my own training for the luxury of having company.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
I’m pretty boring as I can't recall running anywhere particularly strange – but one of my favourite places to train is beautiful Highgate Woods in North London where I do 1k sessions and easy recovery runs.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I don’t listen to any music when I run.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
The results – it’s always about the end performance. That’s not to say I don’t get huge enjoyment from my training as I really do but I'm doing it knowing that it’s all about the end goal and everything I do within my week has a clear sense of purpose.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
I don’t think there’s just one bit of advice as I'm learning constantly from other people. As an athlete and a coach I never stop learning.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Adding strength and conditioning into a weekly schedule will not only help to reduce the likelihood of injury but also help you reach the finish line quicker.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Oriel Capris fit beautifully - they are my new 'go faster' leggings.
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