Paul Cheetham

Paul Cheetham

Runner and teacher

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I have always run and enjoyed it but have only taken it more seriously in a competitive sense for the last 6 years. I try to enjoy the journey but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the improvement in times keeps me going.

What is your typical training routine?
It has steadily increased as I have been able to absorb more miles. I now aim to run 70-90 miles a week depending on what my next ‘A’ race is. I try to stick to 80% easy and 20% tempo and top-end stuff. If I had to lose everything else and keep one run my staple would be 40-50 minute tempo run at half-marathon pace.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I love running with others. I run to work with a training partner – I do my Sunday run with another partner and of course Parkrun is a great training and social opportunity. I try to get to our Tuesday night Club run when I can too.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I have treadmill in my front garden – enough said!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
It has to be both or you wouldn’t keep doing it. You also have to accept that it won’t always be fun but most of the time it is. I rarely feel worse after a run.
I’ll always run even when the times drop off.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
I have ‘What would Dave Scott say?’ on my fridge (the triathlete/ironman). After a hard session I always ask myself what he would say about the session I’ve just done – ‘is that all you’ve got?’ probably. I love how he trained and Matt Fitzgerald’s book is a very motivating read.

I also like this from John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner
“You don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many day, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials.” 

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Stick with it – everyone finds the start of a run uncomfortable but it’s worth it once you push through a bit.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The new lightweight cap – I love running in a good cap: it’s a very underrated piece of equipment!

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