My name is Robel Bahelbi and I am 22 years old. I originally came from Eritrea, East Africa. I am an athlete who runs for Highgate Harriers, who I joined in 2011.
What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
When I was going to the Gym every day, I thought I was fit. However, one day I tried the treadmill and I couldn't catch my breath after 15 minutes. Since then I have never stopped running.
I keep running because running makes me eat healthy food, discipline myself, read about how my body works, meet interesting people and all of these together give me great pleasure. It also makes me dream to be part of the oldest and greatest sport on Earth.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
Monday: 70-80 minutes slow run
Tuesday: Hard session
Wednesday: 70-80 minutes slow run
Thursday: Hard session
Friday: Recovery day
Saturday: Hard session
Sunday: 90-100 minutes 75-80% effort run
Do you run with a club or a group?
Yes, I run with the Highgate Harriers.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
No doubt, it was the National cross-country in Parliament Hill.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I normally don't listen to music when I am running but if I do then electro pop or rap music generally makes me a bit faster.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
It is for both now.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Without the good advice from other athletes I wouldn't be where I am now. But the best one is don't get an injury by pushing too much.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
If you are a new runner, train properly for a few months. I bet that you will see huge difference in your fitness.
If you are a mature runner, just running hard will not make you achieve your targets. Diet, recovery, stretching etc are just as important as hard sessions.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I like the grey rain jackets.
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