Running started out as a way to lose weight after the birth of my child – now it has become a regular method of escape, says Linda Gash
When did you start running and why? I started in September last year. I started walking in March and worked up to interval walking/running in the summer, then straight running from September. I had my baby in February 2011 and wanted to lose the weight. I started with Operation Transformation, which was brilliant when the baby was small and I couldn’t get out much. In September my sister and I got a trainer. He convinced us to enter a race – something I didn’t think I would ever do.
Your regular route? I run in Oysterhaven, Co Cork where I live. There’s fantastic scenery and wildlife.
What are you training for? Today’s Cork half-marathon
What’s your aim for the race? I’m never going to be in the Olympics but if I came in at two hours and 15 minutes I’d be happy.
Your aim for the year? I’m considering what to do next.
Are you a morning or evening runner? It depends on babysitters. My sister and I get together a couple of times a week and mind each other’s kids while the other runs. It’s nice to get out in the morning but it’s not always possible.
Good or bad diet? Pretty good. I don’t eat meat or chicken and eat tonnes of fish and veggies. I love cooking and I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, although give me a loaf of crusty bread and butter and it wouldn’t stand a chance.
Do you have a personal trainer? Yes, Martin Bohane. He’s a friend since when we were much younger – after parting ways in our 20s, we train together now.
What’s your average training week? I run three times a week. I just don’t have the time to do more. I do one session with Martin, which includes a three-mile run, boxing, maybe weights or a workout. A tempo run midweek of about three miles and a long weekend run of up to 10 miles.
What do you wear on your feet? Nike something or other – although for ages I ran in a very cheap pair of runners and never had injuries.
What’s on your iPod? Nothing. I run on windy country roads so it’s a bit dangerous, and besides, it’s the only time I get some peace and quiet.
Any niggly injuries? None so far
Favourite running tip? Have something nice when you get home – if you don’t have anything, just enjoy feeling smug.