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Health & Fitness - - Welcome - Jo Whiley is tak­ing part in the Royal Parks Foun­da­tion Half Marathon in Oc­to­ber. Char­ity places are still avail­able at roy­al­park­shalf.com Jo Whiley

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!’

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