ME­LANIE C

THE FOR­MER SPICE GIRL ON RUN­NING AF­TER 40 AND WEAR­ING YOUR KIT TO THE PUB

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I WAS SPORTY FROM AN EARLY AGE. I did gym­nas­tics, net­ball, foot­ball, hockey and hur­dling be­tween the ages of eight and 16.

OF ALL THE SPORTS I’ve tried, some have come and gone but run­ning has al­ways been there for me. It’s the sim­plest of things to do: shove your train­ers on and just go. I DON’T UN­DER­STAND peo­ple who say they don’t like ex­er­cise. It’s a

chem­i­cal thing – the en­dor­phins. You feel amaz­ing af­ter­wards.

TRAIN­ING BE­CAME OB­SES­SIVE for me dur­ing the Spice Girls time. I got my­self in such a pickle that I was di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion and ex­haus­tion, among other things; I had to learn to be kind to my­self and train in a sus­tain­able way. RUN­NING GAVE ME an advantage when I was in the band. We

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ONCE YOU HIT 40 bits just start fall­ing off. When I was younger I’d just beast my­self for the whole ses­sion. Now I do a warm-up and a cool-down, and stretch­ing and strength­en­ing ex­er­cises. It’s vi­tal if you want to stay in­jury-free.

I LIKE THE IDEA of join­ing a triathlon or run­ning club. I love go­ing to the pub with my mates but I feel rub­bish the next day. With a club, you get the in­ter­ac­tion and you feel great.

I LOVE THE ROU­TINE of train­ing for a race. I get my train­ing sched­ule put to­gether and my nu­tri­tion plan and I stick to it like glue. I’m al­ways look­ing for new prod­ucts and things to help me.

I’M COM­PET­I­TIVE when I’m rac­ing. I don’t mind if some­one over­takes me on a nor­mal run, but in a race if I look up and see some­one a bit older or a bit fat­ter I think, ‘ Right, you’re not gonna bloody beat me.’

I TURNED UP to the pub in my kit once and re­alised im­me­di­ately it was a mis­take. I was stood there in my run­ning stuff, with a race medal around my neck, and peo­ple were just look­ing at me as if to say, ‘There’s Sporty Spice try­ing re­ally hard to get no­ticed.’ I’M LOOK­ING FOR­WARD to run­ning with my daugh­ter as she gets older. She’s seven and show­ing a real in­ter­est in be­ing ac­tive, which is great, as so many kids just stare at a screen all day. So far we just do sim­ple drills such as skip­ping and sprints, but I can’t wait for us to go for a run to­gether.

Me­lanie C chats to RW'S Kerry Mccarthy

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