Hi I’m Jo. I would say that I’m normally a road marathon runner but lockdown has converted me to be more of a trail runner. Which is lucky as I live on the northern edge of Dartmoor.
I travel a lot with work but lockdown has meant that I have been working from home constantly. This has been brilliant as I have been able to enjoy Dartmoor in the evenings as I’m lucky to live within walking/ running distance. This is a luxury that I don’t normally have as I’m generally away working so I’ve made sure that I’ve not taken the time at home for granted.
What are your personal bests?
What have you been doing during lockdown?
I got injured at the start of lockdown and discovered the love for cycling, which is something that I definitely didn’t have previously. For example, I cycled just 11 miles in the whole of 2019 and then in April 2020 I rode 569 miles in that month alone. I am now back running but I still ride regularly, mainly on Zwift as I have a bike set up on a turbo in my kitchen. I have also started to walk much more and am exploring parts of Dartmoor and the SWCP that I have never been to before. Regarding running, I have decided not to train but just run for the love of running. So, 90% of my runs are now on Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor or the SWCP.
Did COVID-19 affect many events / training?
COVID-19 has affect all of the following events that I had places for:
- Taunton Marathon – cancelled
- Granite way 20 - postponed
- London Marathon (championship start) - postponed
- Endure 24 (solo) - cancelled
- RunFestRun – postponed
- Smugglers Goes Forth (trail ½) – cancelled
- Great North Run – cancelled
- Berlin Marathon - cancelled
- New York Marathon – cancelled
How did you cope with training during lockdown?
I have stopped training as I don’t feel the need or desire to do the sessions at the moment. But I am running more miles than when I was marathon training, this is because I’m running longer more sociable enjoyable runs on trails. I do go on my bike a lot but not for the purpose of training.
How have you found being an ambassador for XMiles?
It’s ok, I don’t feel like I have been able to do much to promote XMiles or SNB recently. I do tag you in my posts as much as I can.
What do you have planned for the future?
I have run two FKTs in the last two weeks which are the Cornish Skyline & Clarendon Way (awaiting verification). I now have a sprained foot but once that is heeled I will be attempting multiple FKTs in Southern England. I also have a race on the 14th August – Polzeath 10k.