Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 6. I hope you are enjoying these runner interviews as much as I am. If you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.
I think I first met Sophie when we were at a school (Work) summer outing. I was with my old school and I may be wrong but I think Sophie may have replaced me as a PE teacher when I left. Anyway, I did not know then what an amazing runner she was!
Maybe I noticed how good she was when I spotted her on the elite line up for the Great North Run!!! I think I was shouting at the television, I know her, I know her!!!
Mother, wife and PE teacher
How long have you been running?
My first ‘run’ I remember was in year 7 House x-country competition & I loved it. I ran on and off at school during x-country season and athletics. I took up rowing at university but the sessions I loved most where when the lake was frozen and we ran around the outside of the lake instead ☺
I joined a club around 2007/8 and ran a bit more often and as my main activity from then.
What made you start running?
School x-country was compulsory so I had to take part, no one expected anything from me as I wasn’t very sporty at this time…when I came home in 2nd I was surprised along with everyone else. When I left University, I started running with my sister and brother in law to help them lose weight and as something to do, then I ran a bit with my brothers to spend time with them, then I joined a club to improve and start racing I guess?
Why do you run now?
I use running as me time. Since having children I have actually run all my PBs (except marathon distance which I have not yet tackled – I was due to run Brighton this year) and been more committed, I think due to only have a small window of opportunity to run between being a wife, mum and teacher it makes me more focused and therefore better quality? I’m quite competitive so I like to run to see if I can still get faster
What was your last event?
London Vitality Big half & I loved it ☺
It was a great morning, sometimes when I set the alarm for 5am I wonder the life choices I make but a lovely morning spent with my parents who came with me, and my little sister too…all worth it to gain that shiny new PB and medal.
What is your next event?
Who knows?!?! I suddenly have a few races all within week of each other booked up for autumn after lots of races being postponed, but I’m not even sure these new dates will be OK to run a mass event by then? First on the calendar is Great North Run and then Brighton Marathon.
Favourite thing about running?
The kit & shoes ☺
The way it makes me feel & the things you see. I love finding new footpaths which other people don’t even know exist and there is still so much more exploring to be done!
The friends I’ve made
Worst thing about running?
I don’t have room for a treadmill at home…sometimes it feels like it would be easier to jump on and run at home when life seems to get in the way?
What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?
Enjoy it and don’t give up.
Best piece of advice given to you?
Keep a training diary, nothing keeps me more motivated than seeing a consistent period of training.
Favourite race distance?
To race 10miles – half marathon, it’s been a while since I’ve done a full marathon but I think that’s a pretty cool distance to cover too!
Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
No idea! I know there has been runs where I haven’t stopped laughing with friends but can’t remember why!
Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Again, I’m sure there have been loads of embarrassing moments but none spring to mind!
On average, how many miles do you run per month?
Currently around 180-200miles a month
Do you belong to a running club?
Yes – Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club
Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?
Nope…keep thinking about starting some cycling too just for variety.
Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?
Porridge (or readybrek if its really early), banana and honey
Favourite post-run meal?
Don’t really have one! Do love a beer and pack of salt and vinegar crisps though ☺
Do you have any superstition?
What is your biggest achievement sport wise?
After having my first child I set myself a goal of getting on the Elite start at Great North Run, it gave me a great focus and worked. We had a lovely weekend away but I did wonder how many others on the start line had spent a night in a hotel room sharing a bed with their one year old, not the best preparation. I look forward to going back this year.
If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?
To be able to run injury free forever
On Instagram @sophieshealthandfitness
This or That
Early Morning Run or Evening Run (I like to run first thing to get it out of the way for the day, but I run better in the evening!)
Tea or Coffee (Can’t start the day without a cup of tea, but then coffee from then on.)
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.