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Adam Lake Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Adam is a runner who works hard to achieve his goals. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

I played Sunday League football for years as a kid but gave it up. I eventually got back into it 10 years later playing Sunday League and 6-a-side but it wasn't until just over a year ago that I got into running.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

If you had asked me before February I would have said London Marathon 2019, but after running the St Peter's Way Ultra Marathon earlier this year it has to be that. They were both great races, but for me running on the trails through my home county was pretty cool and the organisers and volunteers were spot on.

And your proudest achievement?

Running the London Marathon in 2019, which was my first marathon. It was an incredible experience from the start of my training block to crossing that finish line. I was extremely proud of what I achieved.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

No racing disasters thankfully but my toughest race was probably Pleshey Half Marathon. I thought I could get a PB and pushed hard for it, but the temperature was in the high 20s Celsius and I suffer badly running in hot conditions.

How do you overcome setbacks?

By setting realistic goals and building back up slowly.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

During my training block for my first marathon, I thought I had to hit every single training session otherwise I wouldn't be good enough come race day regardless of how I felt (slight niggle or illness). Now I know this is not the case and since then I have relaxed a lot about it. If I don't feel it one day then I will just either not run or switch it for an easy session, it's not the end of the world and in the grand scheme of things it makes no difference.

What are your goals for 2020?

My two main goals for 2020 were to get a sub 20-minute 5k which I managed to do in January and the other was to complete an ultra marathon which I did in February. As far as new goals are concerned, I would like to get a sub 40-minute 10k and bring my marathon time down as well.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I am part of a running community called RunSpire, everyone in that group is an inspiration in my eyes.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

I love the ethics behind the company; if there is anything I can do to make the environment better then I will and after wearing Sundried clothing there is no compromise in quality so for me it's a no brainer. I wore the mens leggings for St Peter's Way and they felt comfortable and kept me warm for the whole duration.

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