Leah Barrow

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

To carry on my progression and see what I can achieve.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

Thinking about my goals for this year. If I miss a run/training session and my rivals haven't, that is giving them an edge over me!


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

I train 6 days a week normally, twice a day. As 800 meters is a mixture between speed and endurance, mileage per month varies, especially at different phases of the season.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

A few years ago I competed in the Florida relays and it was my first ever race abroad! The entry details had obviously been mixed up and I actually ended up running under my Mums name. As you can imagine I wasn't terribly pleased about this but my Mum was delighted as she made it on to the Power of 10 with a new 400 meters personal best!


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

My favorite type of running fuel is porridge. I like to have it for breakfast to keep me full of energy for training throughout the day. I also like Haribo 'Strawbs' as a snack for longer sessions to keep my sugar levels up!


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

My favorite cheat food has to be chocolate, specifically Dairy Milk Oreo!


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

Yes I think ice baths are a great recovery method for in between sessions.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

You only get out what you put in! Whatever level you are at, you will always reap the rewards of hard work.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

It would have to be my silver medal at the 2015 British Under 23 championships. For a few years I have just fallen short of what I felt I was capable of, so it was very important to establish myself as an 800 meter runner this year having moved up from 400 meters two years ago. So to get onto the podium was a great step in my development.


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