Voted “Most Improved Quaker” in 2017, Lisa has taken it to a whole new level in 2018 and shares a few thoughts on what inspired her transformation.
1. How did you get into running and why?
I often watched park runners pass by as I attended bootcamp in the park, saying to myself I wish I could run that. After spotting a fellow Quaker at parkrun during my early days of running she suggested I attend running club and the story goes from there; she met me at the gates of running club and introduced me to the coach who was Chris at the time. There was no beginner’s group then, so the 12 min mile group it had to be. It was extremely hard work; I was massively over weight, everything hurt, but I persevered. In October 2015 I experienced my first parkrun and in January 2016 I joined the Quakers.
2. What kept you going when you first started running?
The kind words from coaches and fellow runners at the club. It hurt bad at the beginning but I believed it would get better. I have met so many inspirational people at the running club and hearing little quotes like, “You only get out what you put in”, have kept me so motivated. Little words of encouragement on main sessions as the speedy ones fly past help so much. I’ve even had members putting me right when running, as in arms and lifting feet; it really does help! The kindest words were given to me at Christmas on the Mowden social run when I got talking about wanting to get some weight off to help my running. I have since lost 48lbs and in October got my sub 30 parkrun of 28 mins. I’m constantly wanting to better my times and through mixing up training it’s definitely helping. I’m massively thankful to everyone who has helped me achieve my goals this year and hopefully I will have some more to smash next year!
3. Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past?
Three Great North Runs; two Liverpool Rock and Roll half marathons; Hardmoors; White Horse Handicap and lots of 10ks.
4. How much training do you typically do?
I attend both club sessions most weeks and try and do one main session and one steady, then do a parkrun on the weekend. I also try and attend the monthly track sessions.
5. Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes even though I may moan!
6. Do you do any other fitness activities?
I used to do bootcamp but I’ve got a shoulder niggle so I’m giving it a rest for the moment.
7. What’s your current running aim?
A sub 60 min 10k
8. What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
9. What’s your idea of running heaven?
10. What’s your idea of running hell?
Mud and massive hills
11. Which race performance are you most proud of?
Getting my first sub 3 hours half marathon
12. What is your proudest running achievement?
Being awarded “Most improved runner” at the Quakers in 2017.
13. Any advice to newcomers?
Keep training; it does get easier and mixing in main sessions does help.
14. What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
Try and think of nice things.
15. What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Listen to all the advice from fellow runners and coaches.
16. Best way to relax/reward yourself after a race?
Big bubble bath.
17. Apple, Water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag?
18. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?
New York. It would be amazing to maybe do a parkrun there one day.