Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 17. Not sure if it is just me, but if I find someone on Instagram that has the same name as me. Is a teacher like me (well, like I used to be) And runs, I NEED to follow them! Lucky for me, Ruth is also really inspiring too.
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Teacher and Mum
How long have you been running
Since probably 2000 so close to 20 years in one form or another! I did also run at School for a while, but certainly almost all my adult life.
What made you start running?
I took part in a ‘Race for Life’ with my best friend from University and it all started from there. My Dad was looking for a way to get fit at the time and so I would come home from Uni at the weekends to run with him and we just kept going!
Why do you run now?
So many reasons but the main two are because I love it and because my mental health suffers when I don’t. I feel very lucky that I have found something that helps me deal with life’s challenges and I am always happier during and after a run.
What was your last event?
The Big Half in London, 1st March 2020. Little did I know how poignant that race was at the time, people were joking about Corona Virus all around at the start line. I thought I’d be back to London for the Marathon the following month, but of course, that wasn’t to be.
What is your next event?
An official one, the virtual London Marathon on 4th October. Unofficially, a ‘home marathon’ to mark my 40th Birthday in September and raise some money for my local Hospice, who cared for my Dad when he died.
Favourite thing about running?
The ability to do it (almost) anywhere and with people of all abilities. Running is for everyone pretty much and I love that.
Worst thing about running?
Injuries! I absolutely hate being ill or injured and unable to train.
What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?
No pressure. The comparison game is easy in running – pace, distance, finishing times. It doesn’t matter. Just run for you and no one else.
Best piece of advice given to you?
Run the mile you’re in. Definitely, without this, I would have screwed up many more races than I have!
Favourite race distance?
26.2. Always. Nothing else comes close. You have to have massive respect for this distance no matter what your speed or ability. You may have run 100 marathons but sometimes the distance will beat you and you never really know when. All you can do is prepare your mind as much as your body.
Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
So many when running with my club! And most I cannot actually type (they know….). The camaraderie of running with others is one of the things I love about being in a running club and sharing the highs and the lows of a long run are always fun and one of my favourite things.
Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Again so many! Saying thank you to someone who I thought was cheering me but was actually cheering someone behind me is one of many, crying in front of easily 200 people at mile 22 of the London Marathon and them all chanting my name and then I cried more….. so many!
On average, how many miles do you run per month?
About 160 on average but it varies depending on my training plan.
Do you belong to a running club?
Yes – shout out to the Black Pear Joggers of Worcester!
Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?
Yes – I love yoga / Body Balance (I used to teach a lot of Les Mills classes), weights and Body Pump, and occasionally GRIT.
Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?
Pizza for sure. Always the carbs.
Favourite post-run meal?
I am never very hungry after running but I always have a coffee. And probably in the evening Prosecco, if it was a marathon! Elite athlete, that I am over here!!
Do you have any superstition?
Magpies. I salute if I see one (yes even on a run/race).
What is your biggest achievement sport wise?
FINALLY joining the sub-4 Marathon club in Dublin, 2019.
If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?
To be injury-free and healthy until I was 120!
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. WHAAAAT? I hate this one hahaha