Trina Dawkins Athlete Ambassador
Trina is a runner who has goals to run a faster marathon. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I played basketball and competed in athletics in my teens. I also competed in weightlifting until the age of 17. I now play a range of sports in my spare time including badminton and basketball. I started running a few years ago and started racing from 2017. I completed my first 2 marathons in 2019 (Brighton and Chelmsford) and hope to run Manchester Marathon in October this year or 2021 depending on the race organisers. I run anything from 5k to marathon distance.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Chelmsford Marathon in October 2019 as I knew what to expect and how to work on my mindset when things started to feel hard.
And your proudest achievement?
Completing Milton Keynes 20-mile race in March of this year in 3 hours 28 minutes. I was hoping for at least 3 hours 45!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Not a disaster but my toughest race where I cried was a 20k race in San Sebastian in 2018. The course was extremely hilly and I had tremendous knee pain but I was determined to finish and I did. I cried many tears as I crossed the line.
How do you overcome setbacks?
By remembering why I started. Every task/run/event, whatever it may be, has a purpose. It is important to think of this even more when the going gets tough.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Your journey is yours. Do not compare it to others.
What are your goals for 2020?
Th plan was to run sub 4 hours 30 for Manchester in April, hopefully now October 2020.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Challenging myself because I know that we can achieve anything we want. If I set myself a goal and don't attempt it I will live with that regret and I don't really want that.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the colours and the durability. The activewear feels very comfortable and is great for running. I really like the cycling cap and also the Piz Fora Women's running vest.