Mak­ing strides

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

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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.

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