Steve Matthews

Steve Matthews

Runner and Professor in Biochemistry

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
In my youth, I was totally ignorant of the pleasures of running, unless there was a football at the end of a few seconds burst.  Then at university, I met a keen member of the athletics team with a ~3hr marathon time. During finals, I plucked up the courage to accompany him on a tame off-road 5k run.  I had no expectations, but I thought I'd be ok despite never running more than 100m in one go before. Anyway, he blew me effortlessly away and from that moment forward I HAD to run like him. Subsequently, I had 15-20 years of wonderful running for pleasure and took on the very occasional 10k race usually around the 45-minute mark.  I then stepped up to half marathons for the first time and clocked 1:40. The old cliché came to mind - NO WAY could I do that all over again and run a full marathon. Then 6 years ago, I entered London for a charity and finished in a crippling 3:41.  Now I am addicted to marathon tourism and run-commuting around London. Despite being in the twilight of my sporting career at 51, my marathons are quicker and last year I ran London hard in 3:01, so the push is on for a sub-3.  This takes me full circle to my university friend, who was a decent marathoner in his 20s. I wonder if he still can, perhaps not, but can I some 25 years after that embarrassing evening jog.

What is your typical training routine?
Commute running across London

Do you run with a club or a group?
Imperial Cross Country and Athletics Club

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I try and run to and from airports with a backpack for carry-on. Had some memorable - if a little risky - experiences

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Definitely no music, running frees my mind.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Definitely both.  

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Consistency is everything.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Wear decent shoes.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
THREE SEASON SHORTS 2.0 - love the cut - but saving up for the DUAL-FABRIC TIGHTS....


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