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Runner of the Week: Martin E.

This week's runner of the week is Martin E. from Edinburgh, Scotland. He started running to lose weight and now runs regularly as it helps him de-stress after a long day. Martin is looking forward to training for new races.

Favorite Candy: Bounty

Favorite Quote: “Fear will hold you prisoner, hope will set you free.”

WalkJogRun: Tell us about yourself and how you got started running!

Martin E.: I'm originally from Manchester & moved up to Edinburgh where my wife is from. I'm 34 years old and married with two beautiful girls. I'm an engineer by trade. I started running really just to lose weight. I'd ballooned up close to 18st (I'm 6'2″) so started to go out for a run but just wasn't committing to it. So one day I saw an advert [advertisement] for the Edinburgh Half Marathon and decided to enter giving me something to aim for and a commitment. During my training which I'd started early… I managed to lose 4st and have since [become] addicted to running, so much so that if I miss a run I get annoyed and miss that I didn't/couldn't get out.

WalkJogRun: What helps keep you motivated to run?

Martin E.: General fitness and well-being. I also enjoy just getting out running through the country park to de-stress. It really does free your mind of all the days problems.

Tell us a bit about your racing history and about your training.

Martin E.: I ran the Edinburgh and Glasgow half marathons last year and this year in May I ran the Edinburgh Marathon. I like to vary my training with mixing it up between road and cross-country running. I also include a couple of hills into routes for my runs. I'm [currently] in training for the Great North Run in Newcastle in September.

WalkJogRun: How much are you running per week? How many would you like to be running?

Martin E.: I run every other day which adds up to roughly 20-25 miles. But when training it can get up to 30-35 miles [per] week.

WalkJogRun: What's your favorite distance to run?

Martin E.: My favorite distance would be 6 miles. My favorite race distance is half marathon.

WalkJogRun: What are your running goals?

Martin E.: I ran the Edinburgh Marathon in just 4 hours so my goal would be to better that and get under 3 hours and 30 minutes.

WalkJogRun: Do you enjoy any other sports besides running?

Martin E.: Yeah I love soccer-I'm a big Manchester City fan. [I] also like Rugby League and cycling.

WalkJogRun: Do you listen to music while running? If so, what are the top songs on your playlist right now?

Martin E.: Yeah I like to listen to funky house music podcasts while running or a playlist made up of uplifting music with a good beat.

WalkJogRun: Why do you run over participating in other sports? Why is running your sport of choice?

Martin E.: I choose running because it's easy to just say “I'm going to go for a run.” You can be anywhere in the world at any time with any kind of weather and still just get up and go for a run. What other sport allows you to do that?

WalkJogRun: What's the best piece of advice you could offer another runner or a newbie runner?

Martin E.: Don't get worried and worked up over trying to keep up with other people's pace. Just find a pace that is comfortable for you and stick to it. Just remember running is literally a marathon and not a sprint.

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