I’m a Run­ner

THE FOOD WRITER ON BAGGY TRACKSUITS, COOK­IES AND RUN­NING WITH HER NAN

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

Food writer Ruby Tan­doh

WHEN I WAS 12 OR 13, MY NAN RAN

LOADS. I used to go run­ning with her and her club. It was a re­ally nice way to bond with her. She didn’t start run­ning un­til she was 40. I think she’s run six marathons. She doesn’t run any­more – she had a knee in­jury, so now she pow­er­walks ev­ery­where.

I LOVED CROSS-COUN­TRY AT SCHOOL. I used to re­ally look for­ward to do­ing those races. Ev­ery­one else dreaded

them, but I loved them. I used to train dur­ing the hol­i­days. I’M TRAIN­ING FOR THE LON­DON

MARATHON with my girl­friend, Leah. We’re roughly the same fit­ness level, so we take it in turns to play at be­ing coach, which is good for mo­ti­va­tion. I KNEW I WANTED TO RUN THE LON­DON MARATHON at some point and es­pe­cially wanted to raise money for the char­ity Beat, too. They help

peo­pleI my suf­fered teenage with from years. eatin­gon and dis­or­ders,off through which to RUNNINGEATING burn DIS­OR­DERS.calo­ries,USED TO as PLAYI a used way INTOit to as MY pun­isha way my­self.any faster In be­cause­all that timeI wasn’tI never fu­elling­got my­self in the right way. NOW CALORIESI HAVE I’M NO BURN­ING,IDEA HOW and MANYnor do I care.to have It’s com­plete­lyre­ally nice turned­for my around run­ning now. I do it for the joy of it.

don’t I USED any­more.TO USE TRAININGI found APPS,that they­but I made me fix­ated on ex­actly how far and fast I had run and my pre­ferred ap­proach is to do roughly the right amount and make sure I’m adapt­ing based on how I feel. I DID MY FIRST 10K RACE IN DE­CEM­BER LAST YEAR. It was the Percy Pud event in Sh­effield – it was quite flat, had beau­ti­ful scenery and ev­ery­one was given a Christ­mas pud­ding at the end, which was a joy! I OFTEN WEAR BAGGY TRACK­SUIT BOT­TOMS AND A BIG OLD T-SHIRT ON RUNS. At the end of the day, I’m not oper­at­ing at a level where slightly less air re­sis­tance is go­ing to make any dif­fer­ence to my time.

I LIS­TEN TO MU­SIC SOME­TIMES but I pre­fer be­ing able to zone out and run with no dis­trac­tions. I think it’s re­ally good for men­tal health to just have that blank time.

I’LL EAT ANY­THING. I try to keep my meals pretty bal­anced, a bit of pro­tein, carbs and veg. I like mak­ing choco­late chip cook­ies, which I usu­ally have ready for when I get back from a run. MY NAN GAVE ME THE BEST RUN­NING

TIP I’VE HEARD. She’d re­mind me to lis­ten to my body and, re­gard­less of what I set out to do, to just walk it if I felt aw­ful five min­utes into a run. It’s im­por­tant not to be em­bar­rassed to turn the in­ten­sity up or down depend­ing on how you’re feel­ing.

‘I pre­fer be­ing able to zone out and run with no dis­trac­tions’

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