I’m A Run­ner

Place in the Sun pre­sen­ter Laura Hamilton

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

At school I was much more of a sprinter than a long-dis­tance run­ner.

I loved do­ing the 100m and 200m. Back then, even 400m seemed like a very long way to run.

An old boyfriend’s mum in­spired me to run again, when I was in my late teens.

She did amaz­ing things such as run the New York City Marathon loads of times.

Work­ing on A Place in the Sun means I find fan­tas­tic places to run be­tween film­ing.

I re­ally love Mo­jacar, on the coast in south­ern Spain. I al­ways take my train­ers and run­ning kit and try to fit in a run to ex­plore.

I did my first or­gan­ised race in 2012 – the Bri­tish 10K in Lon­don.

I was ner­vous be­fore­hand about run­ning what was a long way for me. But I trained prop­erly and felt a real sense of achieve­ment on cross­ing the line.

Once I be­came a mum [Laura’s son, Rocco, was born in 2013], a vi­tal bit of gear was hav­ing a tread­mill at home.

When time is short and my hus­band, Alex, isn’t home, I can still clock up the miles.

Be­cause so many peo­ple who like to run and keep fit are busy, I launched an app* last year.

My per­sonal trainer, John Beeby, and I devised it so you can stick to a train­ing plan no mat­ter how tight time is. It worked for me – I lost five stone in seven months af­ter hav­ing my daugh­ter, Thalia, in 2015.

I have a dodgy left knee.

It flares up af­ter I ski, so once I come back I have to put up with it for a few days be­fore it eases. I’m con­scious that I need to pro­tect my knees if I want to carry on run­ning for years to come.

Once I’ve com­mit­ted to some­thing, I re­ally knuckle down to do a proper job.

It was like that when I did Dancin­go­nice and had to train re­ally hard and quickly pick up new skills. I’m sure that will help if I do more races in the fu­ture.

Whether I’m jog­ging around the streets of Pur­ley in South Lon­don, where I live, or on a beach abroad, run­ning for me is a great escape.

I try to switch off from work and use it as a good time to un­wind and re­lax.

I have a bucket list of places to go and things to do, and run­ning a marathon is def­i­nitely on it.

I’ve been too busy with work and hav­ing my two chil­dren to train for one so far. I did [celebrity win­ter-sports chal­lenge pro­gramme] The­jump two years ago, which was crazy at times, so I hope run­ning 26.2 miles is not quite as scary as that was.

Laura runs for The Chil­dren’s Trust (thechil­dren­strust.org.uk). If you are in­ter­ested in run­ning for the char­ity, call 01737 365018.

OUT AND ABOUT Run­ning gives Laura a chance to switch off

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