May 10, 2020
Alex.isrunning (aka Alex) is a running Instagrammer who shares his races on social media for the world to see. He currently runs for Radcliffe Athletics Club and competes in a championship series (The Central Lancashire Grand Prix). He has run in a national stage for his county at the Cross Country Championships and is currently preparing for a half marathon.
James: When did you start running? Why did you start?
Alex: February of 2018 to help with my mental health.
James: Who inspires (or inspired) you to run?
Alex: My mum who used to run, my uncle who I always aspire to be like and beat, and definitely Eliud Kipchoge.
James: What’s the most important thing, to you, about running?
Alex: The fact that anyone can do it and it is very accessible.
James: What do you think about when you’re running?
Alex: Absolutely everything; there is never one thing in particular. I just sort out all my thoughts but it clears my head.
James: How do you prepare yourself for a race?
Alex: certain pre-race rituals, easy run a few days before and putting my phone away 30 minutes before then warming up thoroughly.
James: What are your favourite running shoes?
Alex: On Cloudflow for the road, Salomon Speedcross 4 for the trails.
James: What’s the hardest race you’ve ever ran?
Alex: Through The Villages in Chorley (8.5 miles of just hills).
James: What do you think you should do when you feel like stopping but know you shouldn’t?
Alex: Just think about how I feel when I’ve given up in the past and how bad it makes me feel.
James: Who, in your opinion, is the best runner in the world?
Alex: Joshua Cheptegei
James: What advice would you give to beginner runners?
Alex: Don’t build up the mileage to fast and enjoy the easy runs before you try anything else
You can check out his Instagram so you don’t miss a single mile!
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