I’m A Run­ner A Place in the Sun pre­sen­ter Danni Men­zies


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I’VE BEEN RUN­NING SINCE I WAS EIGHT, when I would run end­lessly up a hill be­hind school. I was 15 when I started en­ter­ing my lo­cal High­land Games in Perthshire, Scot­land. The prize was £20, which was enough mo­ti­va­tion for me at the time. RUN­NING IS AN ES­CAPE FROM LON­DON LIFE. I live in Ful­ham and run 10km in a loop from Put­ney to Ham­mer­smith along the Thames. I usu­ally run two to three times a week but if I’m busy with work I’ll do that route once a week and then 5-8km on the other days. WHEN I’M FILM­ING A PLACE IN THE SUN I try to keep to my sched­ule but it usu­ally de­pends on the light. When we were film­ing in the Caribbean ear­lier this year I could get up at 5am and run be­fore film­ing. MY FAVOURITE RUN­NING ex­pe­ri­ence was do­ing 5km on the beach in Bar­ba­dos. At the end I was so sweaty but I could just jump straight into the sea for a swim and then go and get ready for film­ing. What a way to start the day. I USED TO HAVE AN AFGHAN HOUND, who ran along­side me four years ago at the Breast Cancer Care 10K in north Lon­don. Some friends pulled out at the last minute and I’d planned to dress up for the event, so I ended up get­ting dressed up with the dog. She wore a tutu and I wore an ele­phant cos­tume. It was amaz­ing.

THE FUR­THEST I’VE RUN IS 14KM but I want to do a half marathon next year if I can. I’ve got a de­gen­er­a­tive disc in the top of my back but run­ning is one of the ex­er­cises that doesn’t seem to bother it. Ket­tle­bells hurt it last year and now I’m scared of do­ing free weights.

I USE NIKE RUN­NING CLUB’S run­ning app. If I see that friends I fol­low have gone out and ran 7km, I’ll go and do 9km. It’s a great mo­ti­va­tor and I like the train­ing pro­grammes you can get on them.

I THINK ABOUT MY WHOLE LIFE when I’m run­ning. I al­ways try to look up be­cause if you’re look­ing down it means you’re think­ing about the past, whereas if you’re look­ing up you’re look­ing to­wards your fu­ture. IT’S AW­FUL WHEN YOU’RE IN YOUR RUN­NING KIT and you run into your ex. The one day you don’t bother with any make up, you’re re­ally sweaty and there they are. I wear my run­ning kit a lot, though – to the pub, the shops… everywhere. BE­FORE EV­ERY RUN I HAVE GREEN JUICE AND A COF­FEE, and then an omelette with av­o­cado when I get back. I’m a health freak Mon­day to Fri­day but I love a Domino’s Pizza on a Sun­day. I LOVE SWEATY BETTY’S RUN­NING LEG­GINGS; they feel good and last longer. I al­ways wear black leg­gings and a lu­mi­nous yel­low top. I like hav­ing some­thing bright on top.

A Place in the Sun Live Ex­hi­bi­tion is at the SECC Glas­gow 28- 29 Oc­to­ber. apla­ceinthe­sun. com/ ex­hi­bi­tions/ glas­gow Fol­low Danni on Twit­ter: @ Dan­ni­men­zies In­sta: danni. men­zies

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