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Stewart McAndie

Stewart McAndie

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I’ve always run but when I had my first child 8 years ago it was an added incentive to get out of the house and clear the head however as I entered races and discovered parkruns my competitive instinct kicked in.

What is your typical weekly training routine?
Having historically been more of a jack of all trades, as a tri-athlete, in the last 2 years I have focussed more time on running however still swim and cycle (on rest days).  I run roughly 70-80k a week which include a mixture of a few easier social efforts of 10k mixed with interval sessions and a race/parkrun usually at weekends.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Having always operated as a loner I met a few decent runners at Fulham Running Club who I joined this year and have really enjoyed the added competition and re-introduction to cross country.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
I’ve run in some strange locations including laps in baking heat on a 1.5k long banana island resort in the Arabian Gulf which surprised the locals but perhaps the strangest place I experienced was in an altitude room at Virgin Active Walbrook.  The sensation of interval training with only 14% oxygen level in the air is something that has to be experienced to be believed.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I never listen to music when training or racing – hearing the sound of footsteps or breathing catching up with me is enough motivation.

Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
The results.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
It’s obvious but run slower – outside of races I always used to run around the same pace irrespective of distance – this has helped to push harder in the intervals/hill sessions.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Sign up for parkruns – you will not believe how much faster you will run with some competition around and having the marker to see your improvements.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Mid-Temperature Top

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