After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
It's like an addiction! I feel I'm so far from my full potential I never even think about stopping. It's all about becoming the best I can be and developing into a world class senior over the course of the next few years.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I always have my goals in mind. Last year was European U23's. This year it’s Oregon World indoors, Amsterdam European championships & of course Rio16. It keeps me going knowing that if I want to be beat my rivals, and idols, then I have to train like them if not better.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
This varies a lot depending on the time of year. My training tends to work in weeks so in the winter where we are at now, it’s around 70 miles a week. In the track season this comes down a lot when more speed work is introduced and it’s around 30 miles a week. But I don't really keep track of it in the summer months. As far as number of runs go, I'll run approximately 10 times a week, but this also varies with training.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
Actually whilst running, I have to go back to last year. We were training on a road mile loop and we had a freak storm. The wind got so bad that we nearly had to call the session. The boss was adamant we carried on and it was a hard work exercise, but the wind/rain almost brought us to a standstill and you could hardly keep your eyes open in the hale. It's a pretty funny one to look back on.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
Pre run I'm not too fussy really. Before a morning session I'll have porridge & fruit juice a few hours before. If it's an evening session, I'll just make sure I eat clean and tend to not eat anything too heavy.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
I like to follow an everything in moderation attitude as otherwise I'd just end up breaking and binging at some point. My real weakness is sweets/candy though. I really struggle not eating too much of them so I try to limit myself to once a week.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Ice baths are great, especially between rounds in competition. They take away all that real aching.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Enjoy what you do and set yourself a goal. Everything is so much easier if you're running has a purpose, no matter what that may be.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
I loved winning the British Universities this year, but I'd definitely have to say running for Great Britain at the Euro U23's this summer. My favorite will be when I make my first senior team though.
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