I’m a Run­ner Ac­tor and singer Kat Gra­ham

THE SINGER AND AC­TOR, 27, OWNS THREE TREADMILLS BUT PREFERS TO RUN OUT­SIDE

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I’VE BEEN a dancer since I was three, so I as­sumed I didn’t need to do any other ex­er­cise. But once I got busy shoot­ing The vam­pire di­aries I couldn’t to go to dance class as of­ten. So two years ago I bought three treadmills – one for my room on set, one for my house in At­lanta and another for my house in LA.

I STARTED RUN­NING to build up my en­durance for live shows be­cause I do a lot of danc­ing and I wanted to

sing live. Run­ning has re­ally helped me with that and it still chal­lenges me af­ter do­ing it for a few years.

I RUN ABOUT TWO MILES A DAY. I have to do it in the morn­ing. If I don’t start my morn­ing by run­ning I let the day beat me up a lit­tle bit; if I can get out for a run I have a re­ally clear head af­ter­wards. I’M A WORK­ING run­ner. Some­times, af­ter days of film­ing for 15 hours,

I’m strug­gle ex­hausted[to get andup for it’s a a run].real

knowEVEN IF it my will sched­uleaf­fect me is men­tal­ly­er­ratic I if slowI stop and work­ing slug­gish, out. andI willI won’t be­come have­day in the the en­er­gy­way I needto take to. on the

I PRIDE MY­SELF on not be­ing some skinny, frail ac­tor. I like the fact that my fans look at me and think, ‘She’s got mus­cu­lar legs and she likes to work out.’ I’ll never be this tiny thing, and I love the fact that when I run I em­brace that.

I HOPE ONE DAY I can run 10 miles with­out stop­ping. I can do five at the mo­ment, but not more than that. I’m work­ing to­wards it ev­ery day. And if any­body has tips for me to reach that goal I would hap­pily welcome them.

WHEN I SEE women run­ning, fight­ing to­wards a goal, those are the peo­ple who in­spire me. I think that if they can do it, if they can get off their ass, then I can do it, too.

IF YOU’RE on a tread­mill, you’re aware of how much time is go­ing by. When you’re out­side, you just run and think about it later. We have the gor­geous, mas­sive Pied­mont Park in At­lanta. It’s nice to get that fresh air.

THE MU­SIC I pre­fer to lis­ten to when I’m run­ning – such as Kanye West, The Prodigy, Em­inem, 50 Cent and Brit­ney Spears– has the mes­sage about per­se­ver­ing and win­ning. It’s re­ally em­pow­er­ing.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE in per­fect shape to start run­ning. You can be at any age and in any sort of health, and know that you’ll be get­ting bet­ter by run­ning. I THINK THAT YOU

push your­self. The should hard­est al­waysyou canor the push hard­est might you be cana half-mile­push might beof the around time the and block. re­gard­less Re­gard­lessof the miles, I say keep go­ing!

‘If I can get out for a run I have a re­ally clear head af­ter­wards’

‘If other women can get off their ass, then I can do it too’

Kat Gra­ham plays Bon­nie in the series The­vam­pire­di­aries, cur­rently show­ing on ITV2. She will also ap­pear in the film Alleye­zonme, about rap­per Tu­pac Shakur, to be re­leased later this year.

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