I’m A Runner
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 42, on running in the rain and lazy warm-ups
TV presenter Sean Fletcher
I’ve run the London Marathon for the past two years. My time this year [3:46] was 22 minutes faster than it was in 2015. I trained the same amount, but the second time my body said, ‘I remember this!’
I feel invincible when I run through torrential rain. Running through puddles when it’s pouring and I’m soaking – there’s something so basic and so brilliant about it. I ran past the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in the rain; moments like that are magical.
I’m lazy with my warm-ups – I stretch my calves, but that’s it. My wife has recently convinced me to do yoga and I’ve realised I’m not supple at all. Maybe I wouldn’t struggle as much as I do if I warmed up more.
Most of my runs are along the Thames. I live in West London but I feel like I’m in the country – I can let the dog off the lead and just run. There’s a lovely riverside path, so I can run down, cross a bridge and come back, or keep going if I’m feeling strong.
I feel like a caged tiger if I don’t get to run. I start to feel grumpy and inside I’m shouting, ‘I need to get out!’
Filming the quiz show Rebound I’d get back late and still get up early for a run. It meant less sleep, but it helped relieve the pressure of working long days.
I never take a drink running, as I don’t want to carry it. During marathons I’ll stop at the drink stations and I wear a belt with a load of gels, but for anything up to about 20km I don’t carry or consume anything at all.
London is an unfriendly place to run. In Wales, where my wife, Luned, is from, everyone smiles, waves and says hello as they pass. If you do that in London, people either think you’re a weirdo, you’re after something or it’s your first time running in the city.
I trained to be a music producer – running gives me time to listen to new music. It’s got to have energy and emotion to it and the songs have to mean something. I like Mumford and Sons, Coldplay and Beyoncé – sometimes I don’t realise I’ve run another few kilometres because I’m in a completely different world.
I used to be a sprinter. My wife would ask me to run long with her and I’d think, ‘ Why would you want to run for hours?’ Then I was asked to run the London Marathon for work a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. I haven’t stopped since.
‘I’m not supple at all. Maybe I wouldn’t struggle as much as I do if I warmed up more’