Anna is one of our most versatile runners, tackling anything from the 1500m to 5000m on the track, and up to marathon on the road. She works full-time as a physiotherapist
How did you get into running?
As a young child, I always remember running everywhere. My Mum did the London Marathon when I was 10, and seeing how hard she trained really inspired me. Ever since then I wanted to run a marathon.
What race are you most proud of?
The London Marathon in 2017. I won the mass race and ran a PB of 2:37:07. This earned me my first England vest. It was amazing to have friends and family supporting me too.
How do you fit in training?
I’ve learnt that I can’t train like a full-time athlete as I don’t have the opportunity to rest in between training sessions due to having a demanding and stressful job – so being flexible is important. I’ve found that using my commute as an easy aerobic base work is a great time-saver and I’ll always prioritise sleep over junk mileage. I tend to focus on quality training, particularly when time is very limited.
What’s your favourite piece of running kit?
The Saucony Endorphin Pro is a racing shoe like nothing I’ve ever tried before! The energy return you get from the carbon fibre plate gives you this ‘pop’ with every stride. What’s been most apparent is how this delays fatigue in your legs. Instead of each rep getting slower, I’ve found they’ve been getting quicker.
What has running taught you?
Patience and the importance of looking after yourself. When running is going well, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and do too much. One more race, a few extra miles, doing too much too soon. The most important thing in running is consistency and enjoyment. I’ve had a lot of injuries in the last few years and now live by the mantra of ‘keep showing up’. I’ve learnt the most about myself as an athlete through these times.
Roads or trails?
For any speed work, I love the road but getting on dry, dusty forest trails in summer is where my heart lies.
2020 has been a great year for Anna; completing a cross country season after a few years side-lined with injury, doing her first indoor track race and running a 3K PB in the Armagh International Road Race. Anna is a Saucony UK Ambassador, supporting the launch of the Endorphin collection available from saucony.co.uk.