Rob Martineau

Rob Martineau

Runner and founder of Tribe food

I recently co-founded Tribe, a sports nutrition brand for runners and a run club with two old friends Tom and Guy. Over the past couple of years we've run Marathon des Sables together and completed a self-supported 1,000 mile run across Eastern Europe. 


What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it? 
It was my friend Guy, one of the co-founders of Tribe. He joined me for a leg of a long cycle ride through Africa 4 years ago. When he left, he said he'd always wanted to run Marathon des Sables, and that it was the same type of adventure as cycle touring. Being in the desert, running with your kit on your back, and camping all appealed to me. It was the first run Tom, Guy and I did together and the first marathon I signed up for and I've never looked back. Now I run most days, as much to keep my head clear as anything else.

What is your typical training routine?
I tend to build running into my days. I usually run home from work, depending where I've been, it can be 6-12 miles. About once a month I'll run further, either a marathon, or an ultra. The last one I did was with Run Tribe, running 65 miles of Hadrian's Wall over a weekend. 

Do you run with a club or a group?
We have a running club - Run Tribe - which meets twice a week to explore hidden trails in and around London. We do early morning interval training once a week too, and longer runs (usually 100kms) every 6 weeks. 

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
During Run for Love (the 1,000 mile run) we crossed nine countries on route from Odessa in Ukraine to Dubrovnik in Croatia. There were lots of surreal moments on that. The one that sticks most in my memory was running trails through eastern Montenegro, and coming out on the top of a black run in a ski resort. There were ten of us running at that point, we left trails of Haribo behind us so that everyone could find their way through the snow. 

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Fisherman's Blues - the Waterboys.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon" Katherine Switzer, the first female runner to compete in the Boston Marathon. 

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Keep it interesting and fun. Pick beautiful trails and use your feet to go exploring. Go slow to start and ignore other runners. Listen to your body, push it when you feel you're ready. I've never regretted going out for a run my whole life - the worst bit is getting up and out - always make sure you win that battle. 

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit? 
Three Season Shorts

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