May 31, 2016
Being away on our Health and Happiness Retreat and then the pesky bank holiday meant we have left it right to the last minute to post the May Runner of the Month…but trust me Ally McKillop from Bristol is a very worthy winner I am sure you will agree
So tell us when did you start running and why? To help keep fit about 2 and a half years ago. I never ran when I was younger. I hated sports and dreaded cross-country day at school!
What do you love and hate about the sport of running? I love getting out in the fresh air and clearing your head. Sometimes just getting out the door is the hardest park!
How often do you run? 3 or 4 times a week. As I’m training for ironman distance triathlons, I also go to the gym 3 times a week, swim 3 times a week and cycle 2 or 3 times a week
What kind of distances do you run in training? One long run a week, which varies from 6 miles up to 20 miles and then some shorter 3 or 4 mile runs, with faster efforts
Do you parkrun? I run at Chipping Sodbury park run, when I’m not working
We know you have already taken part in a marathon, could you tell us about your experiences with training, motivation etc. I did London marathon in 2015. This year I am doing 2 middle distance triathlons (1.2m swim, 56m cycle and 13.1m run) and then an Ironman in July (2.2m swim, 112m cycle and then a marathon). Its a big challenge, I have completed the first race in bad weather conditions and am feeling confident for the next too! Training is hard work but I love racing and race day makes it all worth while.
Have you had any negative experiences whilst out running? No, I have found everyone to be very supportive. My running club Frampton Cotterell Harriers are great and so supportive of everyone that wants to come along.
What could the government, local authorities, sports clubs etc do to encourage more people to take up running and sport, especially overweight and inactive women? I think the Run England groups are great. Free running with other like minded people. I would encourage everyone what ever size to find their local club and get out there.
What are the biggest barriers for plus sized women? I think we all worry about being very slow. But everyone has to start somewhere and walking or running is far better than sitting at home on the sofa. Make that step and get out of the door. Run/ walk, just go out and explore the countryside
What have you learned about yourself through running? That my body is amazing and I can achieve things I never though I could.
How has being a member of the Clubhouse helped you in any way, if so how? The ladies in the clubhouse are so friendly and supportive. Ive learnt that I don’t need to worry about my size and weight to do the things I want too. I used to worry about my size and weigh myself all the time. Constantly yo yo ing up and down. But the ladies have shown me that you don’t have to be a size 10 to run a marathon. They are such an inspiration. Now i just concentrate on getting fit and eating healthy and if I loose a bit of weight along the way thats fine too!
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