At the Finish Line…with Jena Leach

The last time we posted an At The Finish Line… profile was at the end of 2018. So we thought we’d bring it back and start with former Desk to 5k graduate who now volunteers with Desk to 5k and has gone onto run a number of different events such as Thunder Run and the Winchester Half Marathon.

Tell us a bit about your running history

Prior to joining OS, I’d never really run or been interesting in it. Having been at the company for a couple of months, a lot of people where talking about getting involved in the Desk to 5K course which is run every year as a means of getting into / back into running. There were a few people I knew who had signed up, so I thought I’d give it a go too. Since completing the course in 2018, I’ve since taken part in RED January, Romsey Relay Marathon, ThunderRun, Endure24 and I also ran the Winchester Half Marathon.

When and how did you start running for OS Runners?

I joined OS running early 2018 on the Desk to 5K scheme.

How often do you train and what sessions do you do outside of the club?

I don’t train as much as I used to, I try to exercise a couple times a week whether it’s running or weight training or static cycling.

Which is more satisfying… going for a training run or running a race?

I’d say running a race. I often find it very challenging sticking to training plans during summer due to the heat and much prefer running in cooler / wetter conditions.

What is your running highlight so far?

I’d say ThunderRun was probably one of my top running highlights. I got pulled in only a few weeks before the event so I hadn’t run a 10k before that and didn’t have time to train. The course was very tough and running on very little sleep was difficult, but it was a massive achievement for me. We had a great OSR turn out so having people constantly around was really nice.

What are your future running goals?

I haven’t got any races or events in my diary at the moment, I’m just trying to enjoy going out every now and then.

What’s the most valuable piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?

‘Just put one foot in front of the other’ – courtesy of OSR’s Neil Wilson.

Where do you like to run?

I quite like running in the New Forest!

Do you have any running experiences you’d care to forget?

My first run of 2018. I went out to the New Forest after it had been quite wet. I tripped when jumping over a puddle and fell into a pool of mud.

Do you have any other passionate interests?

I really enjoy playing in the OS volleyball league throughout summer!

Finally, which other OS Runner do you most admire?

Emily Bennett! She’s amazing.