A few months ago, New Balance ambassador Shona Vertue would never have dreamed of calling herself a runner. Now she’s pounding the pavements three times a week
Shona Vertue’s enviable athleticism is an Insta-dream. But over the past few months, in the lead-up to her taking on the New York City Marathon, her followers have seen a different side to the yogi. ‘My workout routine has changed dramatically,’ she says. ‘I only used to do cardio in the form of HIIT. Now, my weekly routine includes four gym sessions and three runs, as well as my daily yoga and gymnastics practices.’ Having previously said she finds running daunting, the change hasn’t been easy for Shona. ‘I’m always thinking of reasons to cancel the longer runs as I worry about the stress it puts on my joints and muscles,’ she says. ‘But I finally understand why people enjoy running – I’ve experienced that ‘runner’s high’. It’s a meditative state that comes from repetitive movement.’ With the big race in sight this November, Shona has her eyes on the prize. ‘I’m motivated by the challenge of running that distance,’ she says.