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Tribesports User of the Week: Alex D


Posted by Alex D under Running on 23 January 2014 at 12:00 AM

Alex D UoWWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of?

My toughest current challenge is the one to do 3000 burpees in a year - I am growing to love them but they are such hard work!  I love the long term goal challenges like 30 minutes of activity every day for a year that keep me accountable every single day.  I completed it in 2013 and was so proud to have achieved that.  I have retaken it this year!  Some of the hardest were challenges like 100 crunches in one go, or 100 push ups in one go.

What's your goal for 2014 and how will you #SayItWithSweat?

Last year was so busy with many things including buying a house with my brilliant and supportive boyfriend Owen, who I love more than I can explain!  As we move into 2014 I don’t want a huge event project, but I do want to improve on the fitness levels I have already achieved and have fun keeping myself fit and healthy.  My current 5k PB is 27:16 and I want to break the 25 minute mark this year - that would be my #SayItWithSweat moment for sure!  I regularly do our local parkrun which is a fantastic organisation I would recommend to everyone.

It's clear that you motivate your training with events, which has been your all-time favorite event to compete in?

I have done so many races from small local 5ks and 10ks, but London Marathon has to take the prize!  In 2009 and 2011 I ran fundraising for St John Ambulance, and I was lucky enough to get a ballot place in 2012. I still get goosebumps now thinking about the experience - it really restores your faith in human nature to see all these people who have worked so hard training and fundraising, running together to achieve the goal of that finish line. I cried every time I crossed the line from sheer achievement and happiness and pride.  It is a wonderful life affirming experience, and the support of the City and the crowd carries you through.  I will never forget that smiling little boy who gave me a Bourbon biscuit at mile 22 in 2009.  That really cheered me up! 

Alex D London Marathon

London Marathon 2009 (after the biscuit!) 

Alex D Tribesports TopYou got a full workout wardrobe revamp through our Kickstarter campaign, how's the kit keeping up with your hectic training schedule?!

I love my TS gear! It looks great, fits great, feels great, and most importantly it never gives up.  I run in all weathers and I do have some tops and tights I can’t use in the rain because they rub, but the TS gear is spot on.  It keeps up with me and I am really proud to have been part of the Kickstarter project.

Alex modeling the Performance Half-Zip before her run!

The 5x50 Challenge is an initiative set up with Tribesports hero Andrew Murray, how much did you enjoy it last year?

It was so much fun!  I love the 5x50 Challenge and have taken part in the 2012 and 2013 events.  It is cool to know that you are taking part in a big event with so many of other people.  My health is so important to me and I love to motivate others too, which is why I became a Fiver, helping to promote the Challenge, co-ordinate local runs and local support in my area.  

I can’t wait for the 2014 challenge to start.  I have of course created a Tribesports Challenge for it too! Please join in.

Alex with Olympic TorchOther than running, what's your go-to stress busting exercise?

I used to work through my lunch hour, but found I was so weary in the afternoons, so I started taking a short walk of around 1-2 miles each lunchtime.  It clears my head, and I am more productive in the afternoons because of it.  We often walk into Canterbury too for shopping or a meal out.  That is a 3 mile round trip and a lovely walk with Cathedral views on the way.  

Running is my ultimate stress buster though - it doesn’t matter how busy or hectic a day I have had, a few minutes into a run all the stress flows down through my trainers and into the tarmac, and is gone.  Brilliant!

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

I would love to do New York’s marathon one day.  I worked out each day during our New Year holiday to New Orleans too, including completing a challenge to run along the Levee next to the Mississippi River, and I loved that run.

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Really hard to answer this one isn’t it?!  Frankly every single person who I have interacted with on the site since I joined has helped me.  The encouragement and positivity is a huge boost to me and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their support.

What's your favorite quote?

‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’ (Sir Ranulph Fiennes).  Who cares if it is raining, I am going running anyway!

‘You wear what you eat’ (Unknown).