Fifty-year-old talk show host Trisha is feeling good about life now. After getting the all-clear from breast cancer and losing a lot of weight, she’s now encouraging women who have cancer to remain active. She currently splits her time between Connecticut in the US and coming back to the UK to work. She reveals how she lost weight and why she prefers to run alone…
You’ve been running for a few years now. What has prompted the weightloss in the last 12 months?
I always ran before but I have been using an iPhone app called My Net Diary and also My Net Diary Running. Basically, the apps have helped me change the way that I eat. The two feed into each other. One tells you how many calories you’ve consumed and I realised I was really fooling myself. I wasn’t running as fast as I thought I was – I was running really slowly and eating too much.
What changes did you make to your diet?
Since having breast cancer I had to cut down on soya products as, post-breast cancer, the drugs they give you artificially increase your cholesterol. So where I had been having eggs on wholemeal toast every morning, I had to make some major changes. I really upped the amount of fibre in my diet. I have high-fibre oatmeal with apples and cinnamon. I make it overnight with almond milk and I have it for breakfast. I also introduced wholewheat pasta and black bean pasta rather than white pastaand that’s been a revelation.
How did losing weight make a difference to your running?
I could not only see and feel the difference… I could hear it! I ran to the point of exhaustion at 165 beats per minute. Now, I can run for an hour at 174 beats per minute and that’s comfortable.
Do you take part in races?
No, because I love running on my own. A couple of people have asked me to come out running and I’m thinking: “What if you are not as fast as me, or I’m too slow, or you
want to talk?” I race against myself. I have my own courses and aim for certain speeds, even in snow and rain. I ran in the Polar Vortex once when it was minus 11! I love it. I don’t care about the weather. I’m running in 28 degrees today. I’m on the coast, so I can run through woods and then on the beach.
You exercised while you were having treatment for breast cancer. How did you feel when you were actually running?
Vile at first. The first part of a run was like a stagger. I used to think I’m going to vomit and the first 20 minutes used to be hell. The second 15 to 20 minutes I’d start feeling better and the third 20 minutes or so would be like, “Yes!” I’d run to my daily radiotherapy session. They used to complain as I used to trail mud up the ward. I think they thought I was a bit mad, but then as my treatment went on they could see that my blood oxygenation was coming up to 100%. My doctor was saying: “You have proved us wrong,” as they were telling me to rest.
Are you still as ambitious now as when you were younger?
I don’t think of myself as ambitious. I do things I like the sound of. I have taken opportunities and I suppose I’ve taken risks. My next ambition is to get a dog I can run
with. I’m looking at breeds and considering what certain dogs are like at pace and distance. I would like a dog that can do