Short bio (for introduction).
Hi folks! I'm a runner, I'm vegan, I bake, I write and anything else that makes me feel good!
What got you interested in running?
About a year ago a very dear friend passed away suddenly and life got very shook up. I felt the need to look after myself, not just for me but for those around me too, and in the UK our NHS offer a free couch 2 5k service. I began the c25k journey first in July, feel out of practise and then again in November. I 'graduated' (a full 30 minute run!) in February this year and have never looked back!
Are you Vegan or Vegetarian? For how long? Why did you decide to give plant-based a try?
I am vegan for almost 6 years now, and before that vegetarian for 20-odd years. I remember watching an episode of a food-based competition programme, and a guest/competitor was hosting a vegan dinner party. It sparked my curiosity and I started looking into changing my diet. It was going to be a month's trial....! It became a way of life so quickly I can't really remember going from 'it's just an experiment' to 'heck yeah, I'm vegan'!
What keeps you motivated?
Sometimes nothing keeps me motivated and I flop out with a big bowl of Booja-Booja chocolate truffles! But always I miss the sense of freedom and the achievement of running and it draws me back time after time. It's one of the best stress busters going!
If you could run with anyone (living/dead), who would it be?
Mo Farah, if I could keep up. Albert Einstein, if I could speak German, or Kimi Raikkonen if I could stop for ice cream too!
What is your all-time favorite race? Why?
My very first race is my favourite. Nike's We Own The Night 10k at Victoria Park in London. I was asked to go along by a FB buddy who I had never met and I was nervous, so nervous. I had previously only run up to 8k and had only been running 'properly' for 3 months. But I went and it was such a fantastic event and atmosphere. One I will never forget!
How has running changed your life?
It has made me a calmer, happier, healthier person. It has also helped with quitting smoking and drinking, so all thumbs up!
What foods do you use to fuel (or recover from) your runs?
I have a rice cake with peanut butter and a glass of chocolate soya milk, or a coffee if it's been a cold run!
What piece of running gear could you not possibly live without?
What do you tell yourself when you are struggling?
Keep going, keep going, keep going...!
What advice would you give to someone who's new to running?
Trainers! Whatever you decide to wear or wherever you decide to run, have a gait analysis and get decent footwear! I've had ITBS due to poor shoes and I will never again buy without a fitting, it just isn't worth it.
Do you have any current goals? Races?
I have a 10k race tomorrow (14/9/14) which is for the MS Society UK. There's another 10k in 2 weeks with a running buddy, and a 15k race mid-October. Then my very first half marathon in March next year! After that, al being well, training for a full marathon??!!!
Website or Blog URL?
What is your blog/website about? (if applicable)
It's a blog for vegan recipes and short stories.
Where can we find you on social media? (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (coming soon!), Google