We’re talking to…
DJ and mum of four, Jo Whiley.
1. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTO FITNESS?
‘At school, I didn’t think I was a sporty person because I felt flat-footed when running and was useless at team sports, but I’ve embraced fitness as an adult. I didn’t learn to swim until I was 10 years old, but once I joined a club, I progressed quickly to county level. Swimming is still really important to me as it’s the one activity that helps clear my head. I also do weights with a personal trainer once a week to target specific areas such as my arms – I don’t want bingo wings – and I run all the time.’
2. WHEN DID YOU MAKE THE TRANSITION TO RUNNING?
‘I was asked to do the Great North Run three years ago. Initially, I said, “get out of here!”, but then I joined a running buddies scheme where I was literally taught how to run from scratch. Completing the run was life-changing, as it altered my perception of what I was capable of. Once I started, I found it quite addictive and I’ve done loads of half marathons and 10Ks since.’
3. HOW DO YOU LIKE TO RELAX?
‘Aside from music and fitness, I love gardening because it’s really calming and creative. And I love to pamper myself. I’m not good at stretching out after workouts – or planning my time to make appointments – so I’ll pop into one of the various London-based Walk-in Back Rub clinics (walkinbackrub.co.uk) for a shiatsu massage. I also love Collagen Wave facials, especially in the build-up to an event such as presenting Glastonbury. And I think everyone deserves to feel cherished and enjoy rest and relaxation without feeling guilty, even if you have to pay for it!’
4. AS A WORKING MUM, HOW DO YOU FIT IT ALL IN?
‘It’s very hard, but I find getting up really early in the morning while everyone else is asleep definitely helps. Committing to running events also gives me the motivation to train regularly – I’m currently training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon this October – because turning up on the day unprepared would be pretty painful!’
5. WHAT’S YOUR ESSENTIAL RUNNING KIT?
‘Obviously, good trainers are important. But to tell the truth, I don’t like wearing much when I run, just incredibly light vests and shorts. And I don’t listen to music because I hate wearing arm bands. So, I guess my most essential item is having a friend to run with because I like to catch up on all the gossip. If I’m angry or cross with someone, I get to talk it all out and the adrenaline really powers me on – those are my best runs!’