What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I watched the London Marathon every year from the sofa, and thinking it would be such a cool thing to do was as far as it went. 2008 was the year that the ballot opened during the race and before I knew it I had entered, not expecting to get a place. That was the last I thought about it until that October when a thud on the doormat changed that with the "Congratulations, you're in" magazine appearing. The rest they say is history. I enjoy the challenge of pushing myself to get better and the headspace running gives me to get away from work, where all you have to worry about is putting one foot in front of another.
What is your typical training routine?
I normally run 4 days a week and typically first thing in the morning on week days so I can get my runs done before the day starts to get away from you. I usually have one interval speed session, a steady one, easy one and a longer run at the weekend. Long runs vary depending on whether I am training for a marathon or 10k's. I also run commute to make the best use of the time available as I have a 40min train journey and either between home and the station c1hr or at the other end into the office, which can vary from 25mins to an hour depending on route and training plan.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Mainly on my own, but I do try and run with Bedford Run Club on a Sunday long run when I can for some company.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
Puarenga Park in Rotorua New Zealand, the course crosses active geothermal springs on the shore of Lake Rotorua, you can see the sulphur springs bubbling up at the side of the paths. When they say stay on the path they really mean it.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I tend not to run with music, however Highway to Hell by AC/DC has come on the playlist at the end of both my last marathon and half, not sure it made me run faster but made me smile at the irony of it.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For the fun, I did get overly focussed on the time and it took all the fun out of it for me and I took a short break from running, that is not to say I don't focus on improving but for me it is about the journey during training and execution of plan on the day regardless of the result that gives me more enjoyment.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
If you see a photographer during a race always smile even if you don't feel it.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself, just enjoy the journey.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
My Three Season Shorts, great fit and comfort.
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