Yay, other runners did actually want to join in, so welcome to ‘Getting to know….’ number 2. If you missed the first one, you can read it here.
One of the best things to come out of my dad having MND is the people I have met through Run MND. Sarah is one of those people and she is awesome!
Sarah / Mrs Brems
How long have you been running?
I used to be very sporty at school and would compete in cross country and track events. Then my teenage and early twenties took over, and I didn’t run for years. I’d say I have probably been running again for about 7 or 8 years now.
What made you start running?
I initially started to lose weight and try to get fit after having my daughter 11 years ago. I then signed up for a 5k, to raise some money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which was going to be my one and only event. However, I got the bug and have pretty much been running since.
Why do you run now?
I run for my sanity. After a bad day at work, there is nothing better than pulling on my trainers and either heading out of the front door or onto the treadmill, to pound out some miles, even if it is only a couple.
I also still run to raise money for the MND Association in memory of my dad.
What was your last event?
I have managed one 5k event this year – a run for chocolate. What’s not to love about a bag full of chocolate at the end of a race?
Three events which I should have run have been cancelled/postponed – London Winter 10k due to the storms in February and then the London Landmarks Half Marathon and Manchester Marathon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is your next event?
Who knows – the next one should be Endure24 Reading but I believe this has been postponed until September and I am not sure I can make the date so may have to defer to next year.
I have booked to run the Bedford Half Marathon at the beginning of September and if things are back to some sort of reality by then I may change my registration to the new 20-mile event as a training run for the newly scheduled Manchester Marathon.
Favourite thing about running?
Headspace – I struggle with my mental health at times and running definitely helps with this.
Also the running community and the friends it has brought into my life – running friends really do make the best friends.
What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?
We have all been beginners at some point. Noone goes out one day, decides they are going to start running and completes a marathon. Take it easy, don’t be hard on yourself and enjoy getting out there and meeting other members of the running community.
Favourite race distance?
I don’t particularly have a favourite but if I really had to choose I think half marathon – the sense of accomplishment I feel after running 13.1 miles is amazing. I haven’t run a marathon yet but am hoping that the rescheduled Manchester Marathon goes ahead later in the year.
Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Ruth trying to teach me to perfect a jump shot on our last lap of Endure24 last year. I think the 5-mile lap ended up taking us over an hour and a half (I would like to add that I did master the jump shot by the end of that lap).
Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Last year whilst running the LLHM, I got very excited at seeing the MND cheer squad along the embankment about 5k from the finish. As I was waving and grinning like a madwoman and I didn’t manage to pick my feet up as much as I should. I stumble towards the floor, but thankfully disaster was averted by a lovely man from the cheer squad who managed to catch me before I hit the deck!!
On average, how many miles do you run per month?
At the moment this is very variable. Last month I ran about 80 miles whilst racking up the marathon training but this month I’m much lower as I’m only running on the treadmill at the moment and am trying to work towards an improved 5k time.
Do you belong to a running club?
Yes – a great friend set up a running group in our local community running C25K groups a couple of years ago and since then we’ve been running together regularly.
Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?
I also cycle. Although, this week was the first time I’ve got my bike out since RideLondon100 last August.
I have also been getting involved in some lockdown workouts with one of the guys who used to play for our local running club. He’s a qualified PT and is doing live workouts 5 times a week for free during the lockdown which is awesome.
Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?
Anything pasta as long as it is smothered in grated cheddar.
Favourite post-run meal?
Chocolate – that’s definitely a meal isn’t it?!?!
Do you have any superstition?
Nothing related to running and race day, although I get a bit anxious if I forget my Garmin.
What is your biggest achievement sport wise?
After being out of action for a few months with ankle ligament damage I completed the Bedford Twilight 10k and the Half Marathon on the same weekend (I only found out on the Wednesday that I had won a place to run the half marathon on the Sunday so training definitely didn’t make an appearance for that one.
If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?
Infinite pairs of trainers and leggings.
This or That
Early Morning Run or Evening Run
Tea or Coffee – What even is Tea?
Winter Running or Summer Running
Solo running or Running with Friends – Depends on current mood, but running with friends really does rock.
Road Running or Trail Running
Dog or Cat – Goldfish!
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 – never run a marathon but not sure I could handle a hilly half!
Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon – Is there such a thing as a flat Ultra? They always look ridiculously hilly to me.
Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside.