What made you get into running?
I started to run about 3 years’ ago because I realized that I’d been living with excuses of ‘tomorrow’ and putting everyone and everything ahead of my health & wellbeing.
So, one day I dusted off my trainers and dragged myself up and down my local street. The rest is history and I’ve not looked back!
What has been your proudest/best running moment?
About 12 months after my first jog of 2km, I completed a 50km ultra marathon; my first running competition since when I was a teenager (I’m now 36!)
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
The biggest challenge was admitting I was making excuses and blaming others & external factors for not running.
The biggest moment was the first night out running on an emotional level, as I had to admit I could have been running for the past decade yet believed my made-up excuses why I wasn’t (work, boyfriend, too cold…. We all know them!)
Who is your inspiration, and why?
I admire all people who own their own dreams and go after them, be them famous or otherwise.
One big inspiration to me is Oprah, for her mental ability to turn a potential life ‘disaster’ into the reason for her great success. To have to courage to be proud of, and love, yourself completely: to love the weaknesses as much as the strength is an amazing role model and helps me keep things in perspective when I hear myself whine about small details not going to plan.
What are your future goals?
I have turned to triathlon, and am enjoying the multi discipline challenge for my physical self.
My goals are to inspire people to make positive change in their lives through conscious living: asking questions about nutrition, fitness, health and wellbeing and also enjoy the journey towards reaching their personal goals.
I’m creating a website: Yourmindboydfood.com to share advice, tips and support.
What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up running?
Set goals along the way and enjoy each moment. Sport is all about the fun of it (that’s why it’s called the Olympic GAMES); the running is the reward and any times/places/medals/competitions you might enter and earn along the way is a bonus.
What is your favourite piece of running kit?
I like to keep things simple, so my favourite kit is a pair of black Nike socks – they are quick & easy to get on (VIP for triathletes) and I’ve never had any blisters wearing them. I always wear them for races.
What’s your favourite thing about running?
When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time both of your feet are actually off the ground; you are airborne. So, when we run we are actually flying!
[There is a math calculation (ex Engineer talking here!) that demonstrates over 10 miles, we are actually in the air for 7 of those 10 miles: That’s 7 miles of flying!]
As it’s Women in Sport Week: What do you think is the biggest challenge for women runners, & how do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for women is to stop feeling guilty about putting themselves first. Women in particular seem to be very selfless in ensuring their children, their husband, their boss, their family, their friends, even their household pet comes before them!
I see far too often women thinking that doing something for their health before completing the housework/home work/work…. is selfish, and this is very far from the truth.
The greatest way to overcome this belief that ‘we are selfish’ is to change our thinking: we are centring-self (self-centred if you wish). When we are centred, also called grounded, we are more stable and able to do and give more to others. By running, we are doing something to feel good about ourselves and in turn we’ll have more to give for others.