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User of the Week: Paul S

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Posted by Paul S on 1 March 2012 at 9:58 AM

Paul S has been selected as our User of the Week! We don't know how it took so long - number 8 on the leader board with some pretty impressive achievements including Ultra marathons, 2 minute one-legged wall squat, walking the Yorkshire 3 peaks and most importantly really excelling at accumulator Challenges and racking up some impressive mileage both on his bike and underfoot. So what else is there to learn about this Yorkshire warrior?


You’ve got over 100 achievements on Tribesports – which of these are you most proud of and which was hardest to complete?

I am very happy with all my achievements on Tribesports – but I suppose the ones I am most proud of so far are:

Running 3000 miles in a year
The Yorkshireman off-road marathon
Completing an Ultra marathon greater than 30 miles

Of all your equipment which 3 items could you not live without and what’s on the wishlist at the moment?
The one Item I couldn't do without is my Garmin Forerunner 305, although I am hoping to upgrade to one of the newer versions shortly. I also like my Viewranger GPS mapping software on my phone. And there's my bike of course.


We’re promoting the 23 and a half hours campaign which encourages people to take 30 minutes out of each day to be active. Obviously you’re super-active now (running more than 100 miles a months!) but was there ever a time in your life when you struggled to balance exercise into your routine?

Although I only got back into running a few years ago I have always been fairly active. I first started running as a teenager at school when I ran for the cross country team, and kept running through to my mid-twenties. Later I got into walking and enjoy the walking the hills and countryside around Yorkshire and the Lake District. I also ride my bike a lot around these areas.

Does your work make it easy to be active or are you 100% self-motivated outside of work?
I have never let work get in the way of keeping active. I can always find some time in the day to do something, whether it’s early in the morning, later in the evening or just a quick 30 minutes at lunchtime

You’ve taken on some of the yoga for runners Challenges, how have you found it’s improved your running?
I don't know if its improved my running but it has helped my flexibility.


What’s your ultimate training food? Are you a label reader or just eat whatever you fancy?
I wouldn’t call it a training food but the evening before a hard run or race I like to have something with pasta, and I usually have porridge oats with honey for my breakfast.
I do read labels a lot but don't deny myself just because something might have a bit of fat in the ingredients.

Which inspirational quote keeps you going?
Most of my favourite quotes are from either Lance Armstrong or Dean Karnazes but my most favourite is - Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. - Lance Armstrong

We saw your pretty sore looking ankle the other day, how well do you deal with being put out of action and what's your worse injury story?
I don't deal very well with not being able to run. My wife says I get very irritable when I'm stuck in the house.
I hardly got any injuries at all until a couple of years ago and now I seem to be getting them all the time. My worst injury was plantar fasciitis which I had last summer and was off running for nearly 5 months. Fortunately I was able to ride my bike.


Which Tribesports User makes your week?
The Tribesports users who inspire me most are the ones who have had to overcome obstacles to get into or back into sports. If I were to name a couple they would be @climbingpanda and @nikos.

Which BIG Challenge have you always wanted to take on?
I don't have any specific challenges I wish to do. I just want and hope to keep active as long as I can.

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