What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I got into running at an early age of around 8 or 9. I used to go on training runs on the weekend with my Dad in the early days, when he was regularly training for Marathons. I only did the shorter stuff though…
What is your typical weekly training routine?
At the moment I’m training for the 2016 London Marathon, so I’m up early with a busy schedule consisting of: 3-4 short quicker runs (45-60mins) in a Hypotonic Chamber (high altitude), 1 long run and some yoga on rest days.
Do you run with a club or a group?
No, I generally run alone. I’m terrible at running at other people’s pace and prefer to get in my own little zone.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
I now always try and run a little when on holiday or abroad, I think it’s one of the best ways to site see and get to know a place. I’ve run in some pretty cool/weird places, but my weirdest has to be Vopnafjörður in North East Iceland, absolutely beautiful.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I use Spotify mostly. But generally I listen to relaxing tracks because I think it helps me find a better rhythm. But on race day I don’t listen to anything, the crowd is loud enough.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I’m tempted to say the fun, because it is a lot of fun, particularly on marathon day with loads of other runners and spectators. But, I can’t hide that I’m super competitive and will do almost anything to beat my Personal Best and most importantly my best mate!
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
“Marathon training is all about how long you stay on your feet for and not how many miles you do”. Definitely true and something I try and think about on my long Sunday morning runs.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Start now, running is the most accessible sport there is and everyone should be giving it a go. I also believe Marathon running is mostly in the head.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I like the Race Shorts; they give me the perfect balance of support and movement and I will certainly be wearing them on Marathon day!
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