An Ath­lete’s Life

JAS­MIN PARIS, 33, CHAM­PION FELL RUN­NER

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Fell run­ning champ Jas­min Paris

I GREW UP IN THE PEAK

District. I ex­plored moun­tains from an early age and be­gan se­ri­ous run­ning in 2008, af­ter leav­ing univer­sity. Work­ing in Glos­sop as a vet, a col­league said I should en­ter a fell race. I did, and I was hooked.

I’M WORK­ING FOR A

PHD, so I main­tain the train­ing/work bal­ance in three ways: first, I don’t train as hard as many peo­ple think; sec­ond, I’m used to be­ing flex­i­ble about what I do, which is partly why hav­ing a coach wouldn’t work; and third, we’ve no tele­vi­sion.

I RUN IN THE EARLY

morn­ing, and my hus­band, Kon­rad, tol­er­ates be­ing wo­ken at 5am ev­ery day when I go train­ing. This guar­an­tees I’ll get a run in, whereas if I leave it un­til later, work often gets in the way, or I’m sim­ply too tired when I get home to mo­ti­vate my­self to go run­ning.

I DON’T HAVE A SET

train­ing plan. Most days I set off from our cot­tage, run for 10 min­utes to the hills and take it from there. On week­days I tend to go out for 60-90 min­utes each day; some­times I cy­cle to work; and I swim a few times a week too. At week­ends I typ­i­cally do a cou­ple of longer runs (three to four hours), or mountain days with Kon­rad, and I do a weekly hill-rep ses­sion.

IN THE WIN­TER OF 2015-

2016 I did a weekly fast run, rac­ing Kon­rad around the reser­voir be­side our house. I’m not very good at push­ing my­self in train­ing, so I ac­quire race fit­ness by rac­ing.

I’M NOT VERY GOOD

about stretch­ing, ei­ther, and could prob­a­bly do more. I try to stretch my il­i­otib­ial band (ITB), as I’ve had ITB prob­lems in the past, and stretch­ing helps keep it at bay. I go for a monthly sports mas­sage.

I HAVEN’T AD­JUSTED

my diet for run­ning be­cause it’s rea­son­ably bal­anced. I’ve al­ways liked fruit and veg; and we cook from scratch most evenings. I don’t avoid treats and nei­ther do I avoid the oc­ca­sional glass of wine. Eat­ing and drink­ing on the move is easy if I’m not push­ing my­self. On an easy, long run I take pack­able food – eg dried fruit/nuts, ce­real bars, flap­jack, salted nuts, a sand­wich and but­tered hot cross buns. But if I’m work­ing hard − on the Rounds [fell run­ning chal­lenges] for ex­am­ple − eat­ing be­comes a chal­lenge. In short races I eat gels or sweets, but for longer runs I try to con­sume some­thing more sub­stan­tial – baked beans, ( rice pud­dings and pots of fruit salad work well.

MY BEST TIP FOR A

run­ner want­ing to start prepa­ra­tion for a hilly ul­tra is to hike in the moun­tains. My best per­for­mances have al­ways fol­lowed trips to the moun­tains, when I’ve walked and wild­camped for a week or more. It’s train­ing for long days on your feet.

BREAK­ING AN­GELA

Mudge’s Isle of Jura Fell Race record in 2015 meant a lot. Jura is such a spe­cial place that I got mar­ried there. In terms of the Rounds, I’m proud of them all, but I’m proud­est of the Ram­say be­cause I set out aim­ing to break the men’s record and suc­ceeded, and also be­cause it’s my lo­cal Round, the wildest of the three and over the big­gest moun­tains.

FOR NEW CHAL­LENGES,

I’ve got my eye on the Kima and Els 2900 Skyraces in Italy and An­dorra, re­spec­tively, and I might at­tempt the Lake­land 24-hour record, but that could be a longer-term project.

THE LAND­SCAPE IS A

huge part of why I run. I think my sur­round­ings make me happy and I run well if I’m en­joy­ing my­self.

FELL IN LOVE Jas­min loves to run surounded by the majesty of na­ture

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