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Runner of the Week: Carys G.

This week's runner of the week is Carys G. from Wallington, Surrey, UK. She's a busy personal assistant to five consultants in a hospital who fits her runs in the little spare time she has. She hasn't done much racing, but enjoys running regardless.

Favorite Candy: Maltesers

Favorite Quote: “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won't go where your mind doesn't push it.”

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

Carys G.: I'm 32 and have been a personal assistant in a cancer hospital for the last few years. A friend got me into running about ten years ago and I've been hooked ever since! It's easy to fit in around work and you can do it wherever you are.

WalkJogRun: What helps keep you motivated to run?

Carys G.: Trying to beat the time of my last run.

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

Carys G.: I rarely compete in races and just run for myself, but I did recently compete in a 10k which was quite a buzz! I like to try and run at least 4 times per week but I don't have a strict regime.

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

Carys G.: At the moment just 4.3 miles about 4 times per week, I'd like to get back up to 5 miles fairly soon though.

WalkJogRun: What's your favorite distance to run?

Carys G.: 5 miles.

WalkJogRun: What are your running goals?

Carys G.: Getting my time as low as possible

WalkJogRun: Do you enjoy any other sports besides running?

Carys G.: I haven't tried much else but I used to play netball back in the day which I enjoyed. I'd like to have a go at some team sports.

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

Carys G.: It depends on my mood but at the moment I'm loving Benga – Pour your Love, Far East Movement – Turn up the Love and Sam & the Womp – Bom Bom (wookie remix)

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

Carys G.: It's free, it can be done no matter where you are so long as you've got your kit, the world is your treadmill!

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

Carys G.: Never stop on a run if you're feeling tired, always keep a slow pace until you get your breath back and when you see those hills, give it all you've got, it'll make them easier next time around!

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