I am delighted to be the Running Expert on this wonderful new WatchFit app. We are going to have a lot of fun here!
Talking about myself doesn’t come naturally but if you are expected to read my articles you’ll need to know who I am and what I’ve done!
So here is a bit about my background and how I can help you.
In September 2013, I became the first Scottish, and third British female to run a marathon on every continent, joining the ‘Seven Continents Marathon Club’. There are fewer than 100 members of the Club, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. There are less than 20 women.
During my travels, I was lucky enough to compete in the following races:
1. North America – New York (Nov 2010)
2. Europe – London (April 2012)
3. Africa – Comrades Ultra (June 2012)
4. Antarctica – Antarctic (Nov 2012)
5. South America – Rio (July 2013)
6. Australia – Perth (Aug 2013)
7. Asia – Vietnam (Sept 2013)
I ran the North Pole Marathon in April 2014. As a result of completing the North Pole marathon, I joined the highly exclusive “Marathon Grand Slam Club”, which is open to members of the Seven Continents Marathon Club, who have also raced at the North Pole. I became the 16th female in the world to join the Club and is also the first Scottish woman and the youngest female member.
I am really just a normal person who certainly wasn’t groomed for athletics or extreme physical pursuits from an early age. I don’t think what I’ve done is terribly special. Lots of people run marathons raising millions for charities and in much quicker times. Many people have overcome significant hardships and gone on to accomplish amazing feats and one of the most humbling parts of my 7 Continents journey has been meeting some truly inspirational and remarkable characters I’ve met along the way.
Until January 2014, I was employed by a major Investment Bank in London, spending the last ten years juggling my time between running and heading up a large team in the City. Whilst a financially rewarding career, my running travels changed my perspective and I decided to leave the City and focus on inspiring and motivating others to get active, no matter what their goal.
Today, I spend my time as a running mentor, writer and motivational speaker. I try to share my story to encourage others to achieve their goals, sporting or otherwise.
As part of the WatchFit expert team, I want to show you how wonderful running can be. I’d love you to sign up for my beginners 4 week running plan, Ready Steady Run! Part One is a gentle plan to get you started and it is fun. It includes a nutrition plan so you can fuel correctly, as well as top tips along the way.
As part of this 4 week running plan, I shall be sharing expert tips on everything you need to know to get started. I will be sharing four articles with you:
1. Warming up and Cooling Down
2. Getting kitted out!
3. Reasons to run (part one)
4. Reasons to run (part two)
To keep you on track I shall be sharing regular motivation tips.
In the second of my 4 week plans, we will get you running comfortably for 20/30 minutes. In Part Two, I shall review of some of my favourite international races to keep you inspired, plus other interesting features!
Before you sign up, there are four points to consider:
1. Ensure you are medically fit to undertake this plan. If in doubt, please consult your doctor.
2. Make time for your workouts. Plan in advance when you are going to do them!
3. Everyone has bad days! Don’t expect every day to be great! More often than not, it’s about getting out there and getting the training done!
4. Take your time! If you feel any niggles, it is best to take a few days off. If in doubt, always seek medical advice.
You can also follow me on Twitter or contact me through my website.
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