June 13, 2021

Nickname: Coach Suzi

Location: Dublin (but I travel across Ireland with my job!)

What running means to me… Ok, so I will be honest and say I am a casual runner who runs more for the mental benefits than the physical! If I could have my pick of an hours cardio to complete I’d opt for dancing every time, LOL. I find it hard to switch off my busy brain so I run. I run because I enjoy the peace, the solitude and the chance to be mindful and just appreciate my surroundings.

I run solo, with partner, pet or club: Solo – always solo!

I run on trails, in my park, by the sea or in the city: In the city mainly but by the sea when possible.

When running I wear: Cropped leggings, training vest, light jacket (winter) and Skecher Go Run trainers, my Misfit tracker…. (and my run angel!!)

Favourite tunes whilst running / training: Weird I know but an old G4 album because I struggle with maintaining my pace and this classical style slows me down!!

Favourite distance and why: 5k – I’m not hard core! I like speed so anything much past 10k becomes too challenging while I work on improving my pace.

Favourite race event and why: Irish Cancer Society Colour Run. First and foremost it’s for a great cause. Secondly, you get a different colour powdered paint thrown over you at every kilometre with each colour representing a different type of cancer. Its so much fun and the paint throwing at the end of each kilometre breaks it up and make’s it an easier run.

Favourite food: Sashimi and Sushi (but am known to enjoy a good Chinese curry too!)

Guilty pleasures: A full bodied red wine and a cheese board.

Favourite race fuel: Porridge loaded up with seeds, nuts and nut butter.

Running hero or athlete: Steve Prefontaine

Favourite running or motivational quote: “Nothing truly great ever came from a comfort zone” – my motto in life.

Favourite running book, guide or magazine: Irish Runner

Tip for newbie runners: Get out of your head and just enjoy the experience. Run, walk, run walk and so on until you can build up to running non-stop for a distance.

My running goals are: To do it more and enjoy the process.

Why I wear my run angel: As I mentioned I run to find calm and peace. Sadly though the places of most beauty and peace are often also more remote and being quite security conscious this is a turn off for me so I opt for more populated areas. My Run Angel has given me the confidence to enjoy my surroundings and enjoy my run, wherever and whenever the mood takes me!

Follow me on: Instagram @CornerShopGym

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