What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I got into running as I had become unexpectedly single and was trying to get fit. I decided that doing anything I hated as much as I did running at the start that it must be good for me in the long term. What keeps me running is not so much the keeping fit, taking on new challenges and trying to get PB's but it keeps me sane, simple as that. I have also met many great people through running that I am honoured to call my friends.
What is your typical training routine?
Monday - Hill Reps; Tuesday - Gym; Wednesday - 9 or 10 miles hilly; Thursday - gym / bike; Friday - Pub; Saturday - parkrun or long run; Sunday - Gym. The routine gets tweaked depending on what is coming up. I like off-road during the summer and love running in the fresh snow.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I am a member of Stainland Lions and also run with the gym (HD3 Fitness) on a Wednesday night. Also Huddersfield parkrun is amazing.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
City runners might see many of the places we run as "strange" many hills, moors, valleys, cobbles etc I am very lucky. The only odd thing I had to do once whilst getting ready for my first half marathon whilst on a business trip, was to run laps of the road round a hotel complex in Chicago at 4.30am in winter. 18 laps past the hotel reception. The receptionist watched out for me and cheered every few laps. She had a bottle of water and cookies for me when I finished. I am very lucky and have seen some great places whilst running on business trips. Dubai Marina was a particular favourite.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I gave up listening to music whilst running years ago. I find it better to listen to my breathing and footfall. The only time I use music if I am on a long run (20 miles) just to pass the time and then I have my music on shuffle so I do not know what is coming next.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. As I am getting older the results are more challenging though and sometimes you need to remember that at the end of the day you are always running for fun.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Control your breathing. If you can control your breathing then things become a lot easier.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Keep going. I know it hurts and it might do for quite some time but it is worth it in the end. I know people who give up after 3 or 4 runs because they expect it to be easy, but it is worth it. Join a group that runs at about your pace but had some people you can aspire to.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I only own the rain jacket and it is a remarkable piece of kit. I have had rain jackets before and found them useless, you get so sweaty inside the jacket you might as well get wet from the cooling rain. rather than hot sweat. The Soar jacket is completely different, wonderfully wind and rain proof and I have no idea where my sweat must go to but it is not inside the jacket.
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