I’m A Run­ner

THE COMIC AND RE­AL­ITY-TV STAR ON MIDRUN CRY­ING AND KEEP­ING UP WITH JE­SUS

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

Co­me­dian and re­al­ity-tv star Joel Dom­mett

SPORTS-WISE, run­ning is the only thing I’ve ever been half-de­cent at. I’ve got pretty good 5K and 10K times (18:30 and 39:30). Re­cently, I’ve been do­ing loads of parkruns, which I love so much. DE­CID­ING NOT TO WEAR HEAD­PHONES and also to run alone changed ev­ery­thing for me. I write a list on my hand of five things I want to think about be­fore I go run­ning. I think up a lot of my stand-up rou­tines on a run, as there are no dis­trac­tions. By the end of the ses­sion I feel that I have re­ally cleared my head of all the clut­ter.

I RAN THE LON­DON MARATHON this year. It’s al­ways felt like the ul­ti­mate run to me, ever since I bought a Lon­don Marathon medal at a car boot sale as a kid. I had it on my bed­side ta­ble for years and al­ways said one day I’d run Lon­don, so this year felt like a com­ing of age.

I RUN THREE MILES EV­ERY DAY dur­ing the week (it’s a mile and a half to the gym) and then do a long run ev­ery week­end. I re­cently went to Ja­pan, Peru, Tahiti and In­dia for my TV se­ries and I loved train­ing while I was out there be­cause I got to go out and see all these in­cred­i­ble places. Run­ning is the best way to see a city.

MY TOUGH­EST RACE was an ul­tra I did in Mex­ico a few years ago. It was 32 miles of crazy hills and moun­tains. At 25 miles, I couldn’t stop cry­ing. Run­ning makes me emo­tional, any­way; I don’t know why. Peo­ple in the vil­lage of­fered us lit­tle bits of food to keep us go­ing but I was be­ing over­taken by these 60-year-old guys in jeans and Iron Maiden T-shirts; it was sur­real. I crossed the line in 5:15 and just burst into tears again. I’d run the first eight miles in san­dals be­cause I tried to run it au­then­ti­cally, like the lo­cal tribes do, but my an­kles and toes were bleed­ing, so I had to put on train­ers. I wore their nat­u­ral dress too, which was ac­tu­ally re­ally handy, as it was a loose-fit­ting red top and white skirt, so it was chafe-free.

THERE’S NOTH­ING QUITE LIKE that post-long-run hunger – it’s so much more in­tense than any­thing else. A Sun­day roast is usu­ally my go-to. Mind you, a new poké [raw fish and salad] bowl place has opened where I live, so at the mo­ment I’m just liv­ing on poké bowls and protein shakes, which I’m also ad­dicted to.

I PLAN MY RUN­NING OUT­FIT care­fully, based on what the weather’s go­ing to be like – there’s noth­ing worse than get­ting cold ex­trem­i­ties on a run. And I’ve just started run­ning in the New Bal­ance 1080v8, which I love. They’re so com­fort­able.

THERE ARE SEV­ERAL PEO­PLE I’d re­ally love to run with, but I reckon Je­sus would be the best, as he’d have some great sto­ries for a long run and when you got thirsty he could turn your wa­ter into wine. He looks pretty lean, too, so I think he’d be a good pace-set­ter.

Fol­low Joel on so­cial me­dia: @ joel­dom­mett on both Twit­ter and In­sta­gram

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