Getting to know… Pete

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 21. Pete is a fellow MND runner. He has raised an amazing amount of money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Below he shares his running journey.

Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.

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Name

Pete Collins

Age

36

Occupation

Sales & Partnerships Manager

Pete Collins

How long have you been running?

On and off for around 10 years but more regularly since 2017. 

What made you start running?

I ran for charity initially, raising funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association but have run more recently as a way of escapism from everything that is currently going on in the world. 

Why do you run now?

As above, I run now because it gives me a sense of freedom, an opportunity to unwind after a day at work (from home) and a reason to get out and enjoy some fresh air. I use running as a way of clearing my headspace from everything I am thinking about. 

What was your last event?

I ran a half marathon up and down my street during Lockdown – the Lockdown Long Run. My street is only 0.1 miles long so it was a fair few loops before I made the distance. 

What is your next event?

I am currently aiming to run the distance of Lands End to John O Groats in 6 months (874 Miles) and I am just short of 350 miles in so far. It averages out at around 5 miles a day.  

Favourite thing about running?

The escapism – it’s just you, the roads and/or trails and the rest of nature. 

Worst thing about running?

The dark, cold, wet nights which no doubt will be upon us soon!

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

As a beginner, I would just keep emphasizing that every run you do is a good a run. It doesn’t matter what distance, time or pace you set, you have put your trainers on and got out there and that should be applauded. 

Best piece of advice given to you?

Smiles Break Miles – On those longer runs – Keep smiling!

Favourite race distance?

Half Marathon

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Being offered a pint at Mile 23 of the London Marathon from a spectator, he had a barrel and pump at the side of the road and I was so tempted to stop and join him. I do not think I would have got going again though if I had. 

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

A leaky melted chocolate protein bar running down my leg during a long run! Not the best sight for others!

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

Currently around 120 miles a month

Pete Collins

Do you belong to a running club?

No, I am not a member of a running club. 

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

Yoga – great for the body and mind 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Any Pasta dish but would probably say Grilled Chicken and Pesto Pasta.

Favourite post-run meal?

Pizza!

Do you have any superstition?

No real superstitions as such 

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

To date, completing the London Marathon in 2018 – I am due to run it again at some point when all the craziness dies down and some level of normality resumes. 

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

The ability to never suffer from DOMS!


Links

Instagram: @PeteC1984

Fundraising Link: www.justgiving.com/Tea4MND


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 – neither!

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 – A Marathon is my limit!

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

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