Getting to know… Alistair

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 19. I am very honoured to have last years winner of ‘Blog of the Year’ from The Running Awards Mr Alistair Jones completing the Runners Interview this week.

I met Al for the first time on the day of the Running Awards when we took part in the Secret London Runs event in association with Runderwear. Read about it here. Alistair has since gone on the write an inspiring book, as well as inspire and entertain the running community via his social channels daily. If you are not already following him, make sure you click on the links below.

Remember, if you would like to take part, please get in contact. Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.

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Name

Alistair Jones

Age

55

Occupation

Print Broker

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How long have you been running?

Running since 2016 

What made you start running?

I started running because I had a bad heart diagnosis and needed to lose weight and get fitter. I am a bit gym resistant, so running seemed a good option. Quickly, I found it suited me well.

Why do you run now?

I run now to maintain fitness because it does wonders for my mental wellbeing. It has introduced me to some incredible people and taken me to some amazing places. I run because I love running, the freedom it brings, the way it makes me feel. 

What was your last event?

This was meant to be my big year running. I was due to run marathons in London, Tokyo, Chicago and New York. I was also due to do the superhalfs series in Prague, Lisbon, Cardiff, Valencia and Copenhagen. Obviously every one of these races was cancelled. My last actual event was a Chase the Moon 5k race at the Olympic Stadium with RunThrough. 

What is your next event?

My next event I’m training for is the 40th London Marathon which will be a virtual race now. 

Favourite thing about running?

My favourite thing about running is meeting a friend and running a few miles along the riverbank chatting and catching up. There is an openness and honesty that comes with running friendships – it’s quite beautiful.  

Worst thing about running?

I really struggle with that point in marathon training where you have three weekends with 20 plus mile runs. I don’t actually have a problem with the distance, but if you’ve lost your mojo the whole going out and running for three hours can be really daunting. 

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

Start small and increase slowly. Never run on an injury. Join a friendly running club if you can. Don’t compare yourself to others. Invest in good shoes and if you’re a woman a really good sports bra. 

Best piece of advice given to you?

Step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the real joy lies. 

Favourite race distance?

My favourite distance is half marathon.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Climbing over a fence on a trail run, I ripped my shorts completely. I was 5 miles from home and it was a mixture of hiding in bushes, scampering across fields trying to hold a flimsy bit of material in place as I did so and terminal embarrassment. 

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

See above!

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

It varies wildly month by month but averages out at about 100 miles a month. 

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Do you belong to a running club?

Not a member of a running club. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

I’ve just recently added in half an hour of battle ropes into my routine and can feel the benefits already. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

I tend to run fasted, but before a long race, I will have a smoothie with banana, peanut butter, honey, spinach and a handful of oats to fuel me. 

Favourite post-run meal?

Pizza. Always pizza. 

Do you have any superstition?

No superstitions. 

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Raising children who make me proud every day.

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

An obligation free Boston Marathon place.

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Links

Instagram: @runningmrjones

Twitter: @runningmrjones


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent 

Run with no sock or run with no underwear  

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside.  

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