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What made you get into running?
From an early age, I have never been able to run, Fast or slow! I then went and watch London Marathon in 2014 – My eyes were opened to a world my family & I had never experienced! I was determined to be a part of it. In 2015 I ran my first ever race (of any length of running), London Marathon under a charity spot with Children With Cancer. I haven’t looked back, thus far.
What has been your proudest/best running moment?
For me, crossing that finish line for the first time ever in London, a ‘Home’ crowd and all of my gigantic family at the end to see me over was a feeling I cannot explain. You cross that line and just want to cry. I went for a 4 hour time in my first race, so when I looked at my watch, seeing a 3.43 Marathon just topped the whole experience off.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
This year (2016) I ran 4 marathons in 4 weekends. Paris, Manchester, Brighton and London.
I would say it was fun, but I use that term very, very, loosely. It was an experience I will never forget and to cross each and every single one of them races in a Chip, sub 4 Hour time was incredible and worth the agony I faced. I’m sure there may be more challenges I will face, but to this day, that was difficult.
Who is your inspiration, and why?
I have idols that I look up to. The obvious, Mo Farah. Seeing what he has done for the sport is absolutely astounding.
My other inspiration is Martin Yelling. I met him at an adidas event before London 2015 Marathon, and he was understanding and sat down and answered all the questions we could throw at him, in addition to him obviously being an outstanding athlete.
That being said, I really try and inspire myself more than outside influences. I feel if I want to do it enough, I will, and hopefully, along the way through social media I might get someone else motivated and help them put on a pair of Kicks and hit the roads for their first run! It is amazing what Social Media can now do and how many people it can reach and bring together!
What are your future goals?
At the moment my main aim is a PB (I dont want to jinx the time I want) at Berlin Marathon in September of this year. Training has just begun, it will be a hard log through but I am excited for that feeling of delight when/if I get that time right at the end!
What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up running?
I have 2, which I need to follow myself too!
1) Do not push your running to hard a the start, Build yourself into your program! Too much, Too soon is not the answer!
2) STRETCH!!! Once you have completed your run, DO NOT JUST SIT ON YOUR A***. I do this, and I am teaching myself to stretch after each and every single run! Trust me it prevents those niggling injuries!
What is your favourite piece of running kit?
Again, I have 2.
1) I am a shoe whore. I have overall about 75 pairs of trainers, at least 10 in addition to that are running trainers. I just never stop buying them!! Colours are also the best. Stand out, dont be a plain Jane.
2) Running Watch – ESSENTIAL for me. I went on a 10k the other week without it. I didnt know what was going on. I love having it there, checking my pace and how far I have gone! I couldnt run without it!
And finally, what’s your favourite thing about running?
For me, It has to be the social side. I have made more friends (some virtual and never met) through running! I recently went to an event with the ‘Midnight Runners’ in London. (Go check them out! It is great fun, but a late Tuesday night!!) I met up with my friend Pip. I know her from a UKRunChat group message for people running Paris Marathon! From that chat, I keep in contact with most if not all of them! At Brighton, Pip spotted me. I then messaged SJ (Steve) and we met up with Colin! It is fantastic what the running community brings you into! Keep active and speak to everyone! Everyone has advice for you too.
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