I had an idea to run a series of interviews with runners. All types of runner. There are so many amazing people and causes out there but not everyone has a blog. So why not use this blog to promote some people and share their stories.
I am going to keep the questions the same for all interviews (although some people may choose not to answer all of them and that’s ok.) So to give you a look at the types of questions (all feedback welcome) I thought I’d kick it off. I know you will already know most of what is in my answers but you might learn something new too!
So here goes. Let me know you thoughts in the comment box. Also, get in contact if you would like to get involved.
Teacher of PE & Maths. Now doing supply teaching, mainly in Maths.
How long have you been running?
I don’t remember a time when I haven’t run. Playing basketball from the age of 9, I would always run to keep fit for that. I used to run more around the time of the Olympics as I would always be inspired.
Probably around 2009, is when I started running for running sake.
What made you start running?
I ran to get match fit for games to start with. Then I started running as I enjoyed the buzz after my first ‘race’. Then after my daughter was born, I got back to running as I wanted to lose weight.
Why do you run now?
I run for my mental health, weight control and as I love being part of the running community.
What was your last event?
What is your next event?
Who knows? I was signed up to a few 10K’s and Manchester Marathon which have all been cancelled. You can find out my next races here.
Favourite thing about running?
The people it has brought into my life. The community that I feel part of. The feel-good factor it can give me.
Worst thing about running?
The fact that after running for 11 years, I can still go out and feel like I have never run before!
What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?
Don’t put pressure on yourself. I think everyone thinks they should be able to run 10 minutes non-stop straight away, but few of us can. Walking is not cheating, it is just a building block.
Best piece of advice given to you?
Remember this is a hobby. Enjoy it. If you are not enjoying it, take a break.
Favourite race distance?
Although I seem to keep signing myself up to Marathons, I think I prefer half marathon distance. The training doesn’t take over your life as a marathon does.
Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
When I took part in my inter-schools cross-county championship, I was in about 6th place. The leader and this ahead of me, went the wrong way, which put me in 1st place. I was over taken in the last 100m, so came 2nd. Then I got selected for the County.
I had to confess what had happened, there was no way I could have competed a County level!
Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Having to do the poop shuffle for a mile during a training run. My poor running partner had to keep running on and back as I shuffled, bum clenched desperately trying to make it to the toilet. It was the longest mile of my life!
On average, how many miles do you run per month?
Around 60-80 miles.
Do you belong to a running club?
Yes, Team Balancise. Best decision I ever made was to join a club.
Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?
I try to do some strength work and yoga. I know that if I could be disciplined with them, it would help with my running. But, when times get hectic or I get tired they are the first to go!
Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?
Cheese and Tomato pizza the night before, porridge the morning before.
Favourite post-run meal?
Curry – probably a Jalfrezi.
Do you have any superstition?
No, I don’t think I do. Although, I’m starting to think Marathon nails have to be a must from now on. I didn’t for Chicago and it wasn’t my best run!
What is your biggest achievement sport wise?
Playing Basketball for England. Completing 5 Marathons.
If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?
To be able to run NYC Marathon every year!
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
Mile 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.