Tell us a bit about your running history
I didn’t do the desk to 5k, I started running with Viv doing the Run-Walk style. The first time we left OS I could barely make it to the first corner down the road without stopping. Every time we ran after that I seemed to get further before needing to stop until eventually I could do the whole beginner route without stopping. I then did an advanced run on what was the hottest day of the year which nearly killed me. After that I got into parkrun which was odd to start with because at Uni parkrun had been one of my case studies. I always said ‘What idiot gets up that early on a Saturday?’ Now I’m one of those idiots! I have missed a few lately but that’s because there are lots of other events on during the summer. I’ll be back as soon as I can. If I miss a parkrun I make sure to do an extra session during the week.
When and how did you start running for OS Runners?
I started running about a year ago after being encouraged by Viv. I was looking for an alternative to the gym as I was beginning to resent spending all evening down there so running at lunchtime seemed a much more efficient use of time.
How often do you train and what sessions do you do outside of the club?
I do 2 runs a week, which can be a combination of the handicap route/parkrun/mixed ability or an evening run as the weather is so nice at the moment. I also do a hot yoga class once a week so 3 training sessions overall. It means I could give up the gym after 25 years of membership.
Which is more satisfying… going for a training run or running a race?
Depends on how I feel on the day, both can be equally satisfying although I admit the races are more scary so I do put pressure on myself.
What is your running highlight so far?
Completing the Southampton 10K in 58 mins, a lot faster than I expected.
What are your future running goals?
Currently I don’t have any other than the regular training. I’m happy to maintain my level of fitness and that keeps me going.
What’s the most valuable piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?
Focussing on your breathing! It’s a good distraction technique!
Where do you like to run and have you anywhere particularly memorable?
I would love to run on the beach and plan to do that on holiday.
Do you have any running experiences you’d care to forget?
Not so far.
Do you have any other passionate interests?
Surfing, but injuries this year have prevented me from doing it for a while. Going next week though so looking forward to it. Also Art, I’d love to have the time to do more and always have a blank canvas in the house to remind to get on and start another picture.
Finally, which other OS Runner do you most admire?
Viv – that woman is superhuman!