Leanne is a runner who has come a long way. She talks to Sundried about going from not being able to run around the block to setting her sights on a full marathon for 2019.
Have you always been into sport?
No, I started running in early 2017 because after attending fitness classes for a year, I still couldn’t run around the block so something had to change!
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I’m a runner predominantly; I try my hand at swimming and cycling but it’s not all that successful! I have a go because I get knee pain and swimming and cycling are great for building strength without putting too much strain on my knees.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Bedford Half Marathon - I’d set my sights on it before I’d started running, it was a beautiful day and I ran a huge PB (dare I say, it also felt kind of easy!)
And your proudest achievement?
It has to be simply running around the block! No, being able to run a half marathon within a year of running but also having the confidence to try other sports.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I took part in a series called the East Midlands Grand Prix over the summer. The toughest one was a physical and mental battle (a hilly 5 miler) - I was in so much pain from injury but I wanted to finish. I ran/walked which I hadn’t done for months and months, I cried the whole of the last 2 miles and a friend had to run back in with me else I would have given up.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Injury has been a major setback this year - I try not to worry about it too much but just keep myself moving enough that when the injury has recovered I’ve not gone too far backwards.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Just relax, take each step as it is and enjoy it.
What are your goals for 2019?
To run a full marathon.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Friends, family, and the online community.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the ethics behind Sundried - a genuine care about the environment. I love the women's training vest, it’s super soft, I love the block colours and the fact it’s long line!