ROY STRIDE

THE SCOUT­ING FOR GIRLS FRONT­MAN ON SONGS ON THE RUN AND POOR GEAR CHOICES

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WHEN I STARTED RUN­NING I HATED IT. A lot of peo­ple get into bands be­cause they’re crap at sport; that’s what hap­pened with us. Now we’re en­joy­ing get­ting fit and it’s good to have a new chal­lenge. The bonus is that lyrics and melodies come into my head when I’m run­ning. I WAS IN THE PUB WITH THE BAND WHEN WE HAD THE IDEA TO RUN THE LON­DON MARATHON. It’s our 10th an­niver­sary this year and so we de­cided to do 10 chal­lenges for char­ity. For three guys who’ve never done any real sport, the marathon is the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge. I’m quite com­pet­i­tive, but I just hope [fel­low band mem­bers] Greg and Pete fin­ish be­fore the bar­ri­ers get taken down. I LIVE AT THE END OF A FARM TRACK IN A BEAU­TI­FUL PART OF THE COUN­TRY. If I run to the end of the track and back, it’s 5K, and if I go the op­po­site way, down a coun­try road and back,

Roy Stride is the lead singer of Scout­ing for Girls. He and the band are run­ning the 2017 Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety. Spon­sor them at just­giv­ing.com/fund rais­ing/scout­ing for­girlschal­lenge

it’s 10K. It’s a nice way to mea­sure it, but there are al­ways lu­natics driv­ing their trac­tors too fast.

WEAR­ING COT­TON BOXER SHORTS IS LIKE RUN­NING WITH BARBED WIRE

DOWN YOUR PANTS. I wore some on my long­est run and the chaf­ing meant I was in agony af­ter­wards. I got in the bath and if my legs had not been knack­ered I’d have shot out of it. Now I have proper kit.

I’M NER­VOUS ABOUT RUN­NING MY

FIRST MARATHON. What freaks me out is that I’ll never have run that far in my life. I’ve got this ter­ri­ble fear of get­ting to mile 23 and just dropping to the ground, sob­bing, then get­ting round in 18 hours.

I’M AN ARCHERS FAN. On the run I lis­ten to that, Desert Is­land Discs or the pod­cast So­da­jerker, which has in­ter­views with song­writ­ers such as [1970s star] Gil­bert O’sul­li­van.

THE ONLY UN­HEALTHY THING ABOUT

MY LIFE­STYLE IS BEER. My wife took all food plea­sures from my life long ago. Ev­ery­thing we eat is gluten­free. I’ve lost a stone since I started run­ning, but I’ve got half a stone to go be­fore I lose my beer belly.

I LIKE TO RE­FUEL AFTER A RUN WITH

A STRAW­BERRY MILKSHAKE. I love the ones from Mcdonald’s but they have more calo­ries than a meal, so I make do with a diet whey pro­tein shake from PHD. MY WIFE WILL BE EM­BAR­RASSED IF I DON’T FIN­ISH IN UN­DER FOUR HOURS. She’s a fit­ness fa­natic and comes run­ning with me. She won’t do more than 10K, as she wor­ries about her knees. It’s nice to have time for just the two of us be­cause while our chil­dren are fun, they’re full-on.

WE’VE HAD AD­VICE FROM PEO­PLE

WHO’VE DONE IT. One of my friends ad­vised get­ting a train­ing plan in­stead of wing­ing it, so I train four times a week: car­dio and strength, a killer in­ter­val ses­sion, a long tempo run and one at marathon pace. It’s grad­u­ally get­ting harder – I’m like a lob­ster in the wa­ter!

‘The bonus is that lyrics and melodies come into my head when I’m run­ning’

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