What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I originally got into running through my parents. My Mum was a GB international marathon runner and my Dad was a good Steeplechaser. I enjoyed all sports, but I realised that I was slightly better at running than most of the other sports I was competing in. My parents never pushed me into anything, they always allowed me to pursue the sport that I enjoyed most. I realised that when I started to get older and develop as a person, I started to enjoy running more because I was seeing improvements. Once I started to beat guys that used to thrash me, I really started to take running seriously, and that is when I chose to concentrate on it. I decided that in order to take my running to the next level I had to surround myself with like-minded people in order to succeed. That is when I made the decision to move to St. Mary’s in Twickenham. The first year was tough for me because I just went straight into the deep end with training, and I just got worn down. After my first year I really started to adapt and find my groove, and then I noticed a big progression. In my final year I was very fortunate to get a U.S. scholarship to the University of Missouri to carry on with my athletic career and education. For me, this was the turning point to creating the foundation and building blocks to my psychological and physical approach to training and racing. I really embraced the experience of being out in the U.S. and loved the athletic lifestyle I was living.
What is your typical training routine?
My typical training week: Monday: 8 miles easy. Tuesday: 5 miles easy + Track Session. Wednesday: 12 miles easy/steady. Thursday: 8 miles steady + 5 miles easy. Friday: 5 miles easy + Track/Road Session. Saturday: 8 miles easy. Sunday: 14-18 miles easy/steady.
Do you run with a club or a group?
No - I live in the Isle of Man and I am part of Manx Harriers but I do not have a group to train with. I am now coached by my Dad who writes and plans my sessions. We have a good relationship when it comes to training, and it is nice that I can also have an input. I do train with one of my best friends who I do a lot of my normal runs with, but with respect to him, we do not have the privilege of training together in sessions because we are at different levels. We try and make it work on some reps, but for the most part we just start together and then do our own thing. However, if we do hill reps I’m the one staring at his ass!
Where's the strangest place you've run?
Oooo the strangest place I have probably run is in Bermuda. Lovely place, but very tricky to just do normal running as you have to watch out for traffic and the odd heckle.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Hmmmm good question. I’ll go for “lose Yourself - Eminem”.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
First and foremost I run because I enjoy it. However, I am at a stage in my life where I have to make the choice between simply running for the “fun of it” or striving to be the best I can be. I am definitely striving to be the best I can be and if that means going out of my comfort zone, then so be it. But I will always run because I love to run!
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
The best bit of advice I have had from another runner is to just enjoy the moment and be thankful that I am fit and healthy. Sometimes that is hard to be grateful when you have a bad training session or a poor race. But in the grand scheme of things I am very lucky to be healthy and enjoying my running. Another good bit of advice I have had is to be patient. Success does not just come over night but comes from hard work over a long period of time. I need to keep reminding myself that I need to be patient and if I keep working hard then results will come.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Never rush into high mileage or hard sessions. Build training gradually and start to implement harder sessions. Your body needs to adapt and get stronger, but it can only do that through a gradual process.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
From seeing the kit, I have got to say I love the singlets. They are FUNKY!
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