I’m A Run­ner

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Ac­tor Ster­ling K Brown

‘Run­ning gives me the con­fi­dence to be at my peak through­out the rest of my day’

THE FIRST TIME I WENT ON A SE­RI­OUS RUN WAS WHEN I WAS 21 YEARS OLD, at Stan­ford Univer­sity [Cal­i­for­nia]. I woke up on my birth­day and said to my­self, ‘I want to run 10 miles.’ I just wanted to see if I could run dou­ble-digit mileage.

FROM THE AGE OF 21 UN­TIL I WAS 30, I CON­TIN­UED THE TRA­DI­TION AND RAN

10 MILES ev­ery year on my birth­day. These days, four miles is my sweet spot be­cause I max­imise my burn, but at the same time I don’t take my­self away from my wife and two kids for such a huge time that she com­plains about my ab­sence. If I get in four miles, four to five times a week, I’m happy.

I RAN TRACK WHEN I WAS IN HIGH

SCHOOL, but I was a ter­ri­ble sprinter. I did the 200 me­tres and 400 me­tres for a short pe­riod of time. I also threw the dis­cus and did the high jump and long jump.

I’VE GOT A PSY­CHO­LOG­I­CAL ZEAL

ABOUT RUN­NING. When I run four miles in less than 31:30 – I’m not try­ing to be a speed de­mon – that’s when I feel like I’m at my very health­i­est.

RUN­NING GIVES ME THE CON­FI­DENCE

TO BE AT MY PEAK through­out the rest of my day. I feel free and light. In the midst of this storm that has be­come my life, giv­ing my­self that lit­tle bit of time helps me en­dure the crazi­ness of ev­ery­thing else.

MY SIX-YEAR- OLD SON AND I RACE ALL

THE TIME. He is fast! I give him a 20-me­tre head start, then we pick a spot 40 me­tres down for him and 60 me­tres for me. I’ll run flat out so he knows that if he wins, he le­git­i­mately wins. We’re both to­tally stoked over who­ever crosses the fin­ish line first, but it’s a pretty close match. IN THE GYM, PEO­PLE’S EN­THU­SI­ASM TENDS TO GET THE BEST OF THEM. They re­alise this is their ideal op­por­tu­nity to say hello or that they love my work.

IT DOESN’T MAT­TER HOW PRO­FUSELY

YOU’RE SWEAT­ING. I’ve had peo­ple come stand in front of the tread­mill and wait for me to ac­knowl­edge their pres­ence so they can speak.

THERE ARE DAYS WHERE I PUSH FASTER THAN WHAT I’M CA­PA­BLE OF AND SO

I HAVE TO STOP EARLY. But the big­gest les­son I’ve learned is: for­give your­self when you fall short and get out the next day to fin­ish what you started.

Brown is an Emmy Award- win­ning ac­tor in the drama se­ries Thi­sisus ( More4). He will also fea­ture in the up­com­ing sci- fi ac­tion hor­ror Thep­reda­tor, re­leased in the UK on Septem­ber 12

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