Sundried ambassador runner cyclist outdoors fitness

Emma is a runner who is passionate about her sport and aspires to run a sub 4-hour marathon. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

No, I was never sporty or athletic when I was younger but I was always adventurous.

How did you first get into running?

I started running in 2015, started cycling in 2018, and took part in my first duathlon in 2018.

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

The Swindon Half Marathon in September 2019. It is my home town race and not only did I get my first sub 2-hour Half Marathon, I smashed my PB by 9 minutes!

What is your proudest achievement?

Running a marathon – it’s a long old way to go when you haven’t always been a runner!

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

I had an unpleasant experience with an energy gel during a Half Marathon in 2017... let’s just say I’m forever grateful for making it to the finish line (eventually!)

How do you overcome setbacks?

I have a little sulk (don’t we all?) then I re-evaluate what went wrong, dust myself off, and carry on.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Invest in a decent pair of running shoes! Also, I wish I knew more about bikes. That said, if you’re a beginner cyclist, get a bike you won’t mind scratching if you forget to unclip!

What are your goals?

To get stronger on the bike and run a sub 4-hour marathon.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by everyone who gets out there and gives it a go. Whether it’s a mile walk, a 5 mile run or a marathon, you are all heroes!

Why work with Sundried?

Since I discovered Sundried late last year, I have closely followed their social media accounts and feel inspired by their passion for all things sport and fitness and love that their apparel is designed with the athlete in mind. I absolutely love the cycling apparel and have quite a collection now – it definitely is my training partner for life!