I’m a Run­ner

THE RE­AL­ITY-TV STAR, 29, ON DRESS­ING AS A BANANA AND WEAR­ING TWO SPORTS BRAS

Runner's World (UK) - - IN THIS ISSUE -

Re­al­ity-tv star Vicky Pat­ti­son

WHEN I STARTED RUN­NING it took me an hour to do 5K. I’d have to run and walk, be­cause I could only run for five to eight min­utes at a time. But I’ve pushed my­self and seen my body shape change and my fit­ness im­prove – now I can run a 5K in half an hour.

THE BIG­GEST PROB­LEM WITH

is find­ing TRAV­EL­LING FOR WORK some­where to train. I don’t like to run out­doors, be­cause it’s cold and I’m a big baby. I’m in ho­tels a lot of the time and ho­tel gyms don’t al­ways have a lot of equip­ment. The only thing you can count on them hav­ing is a tread­mill, so I’ve had to work out ways to train on those.

WHEN I’M RUN­NING I LIS­TEN TO

BEYONCÉ, Ri­hanna and Ch­eryl Cole. I like mu­sic that pro­motes fe­male em­pow­er­ment and in­spires girls to get up and rule the world! That keeps me go­ing on the tread­mill.

I DO FASTED CAR­DIO THREE TIMES A

WEEK FOR FAT BURNING. I’ll walk on the tread­mill at a speed of 7kph, at a gra­di­ent of seven per cent, for 45 min­utes, or I’ll see how fast I can run 5K – on av­er­age I’ll have the speed at 9kph. Other­wise, I’ll do in­ter­vals, play­ing around with the speed and gra­di­ent.

WHEN I’VE HAD A NIGHT OUT I like to sweat out the tox­ins. I push my train­ing back to mid­day and after­wards I feel bril­liant. Ev­ery­one trains to feel good and look great, so you don’t just want to sit in the house – you want to show it off. I believe in bal­ance, so I’ll have a night out, then I’m back in the gym.

I RAN A 5K DRESSED AS A GIANT

BANANA. I sweated my boobs off, but it was for The Sun­shine Fund, a char­ity that raises money to help im­prove the lives of dis­abled chil­dren in the North East. My mum works for the char­ity, so she roped me in. I’ve got the bug now. I’m not at the marathon stage, but I’m keen to try a half marathon this year.

I DON’T USE ANY APPS OR GAD­GETS TO COUNT CALO­RIES OR TEST MY HEART

RATE. If I want to know my heart rate, I just put my hands on the bar of the tread­mill – I tend to do that when I’m fin­ished. I like to know where my heart rate is and how long it takes to cool down, be­cause the time it takes to get your breath back is an in­di­ca­tor of fit­ness.

I’M PAR­TIC­U­LAR ABOUT MY SPORTS

BRAS. I’ve got DDS, so run­ning’s not easy for me – I have to pro­tect The Ladies. I dou­ble-bag it – two sports bras, one on top of another. I’d have black eyes other­wise!

RUN­NING IS ONLY ONE PART OF

MY FIT­NESS REGIME. I also do kick­box­ing, weight train­ing and ply­o­met­rics. I’ll even do HIIT [ high-in­ten­sity interval train­ing] at home or in my ho­tel room – I do it first thing in my py­ja­mas, then I’ve done my train­ing for the day. I like to mix it up and do dif­fer­ent work­outs. Your body ap­pre­ci­ates it and re­sponds well to it.

‘I’m not at the marathon stage, but I’m keen to try a half marathon this year.’

Vicky Pat­ti­son's protein and sup­ple­ments range is avail­able at minivnu­tri­tion. com

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