Sports

Andrew Murray: training rules

Talk about bananas, trainings and favorite runners.

What are the most fearless and crazy things you’ve done? Do you remember if you remember at least one of these things, Andrew Murray.
He froze -32 degrees in late January, fled to Outer Mongolia, to the marathon of Genghis Khan.
In 2017, he will perform most of his run in the UK, and will also participate in the Ryder Cup. He will start with a European tour in England and go to Paris, where the next Ryder Cup will take place.
Further on the text will be presented his answers to the most interesting questions.
Where’s your favorite place to run? The Isle of Skye in Scotland. Absolutely epic with the mountains all around you and plenty of nice ridges to get up on to.
Do you remember your first race as a school kid? I came third in my school cross-country race. It was not really cross-country but a load of laps of the playground.
When people ask you for a training tip, what do you tell them? Start slowly and build up. This will help to avoid injury and get the race. Finisher’s medal you deserve. Then enter a race you really want to do.
When people ask you for a training tip, what do you tell them? Start slowly and build up. This will help to avoid injury and get the race. Finisher’s medal you deserve. Then enter a race you really want to do.
Do you ever struggle with motivation? Every runner will struggle with motivation at some point. With most races, I’ll try and break them into smaller chunks. Getting to the next checkpoint is a lot less daunting than thinking of the whole race distance. I always leave my alarm clock on the other side of the room, so I have to get out of bed.
Do you listen to music when you run? Mostly not. Most of the time I’m happy about or when I’m running. Sometimes, if I’m training for something long and have to do a 50 miler along a canal or similar, I’ll put some music on to distract myself. Although, the last time, I borrowed my brother’s iPod and he had all sorts of rubbish on there.
Do you like a running gadget? My shoes. Currently, it’s usually Merrell All-Out Crush. My feet are the tools of the trade so I need to look after them. I’m not really a man for gadgets. I think training hard (and smart), eating right and sleeping well are far more important than fancy watches and the like.
What’s the worst thing about running? Having to clean socks and shoes from a day in the hills …
What’s the best thing? Seeing stuff. I’m convinced that you see and even smell and hear. It’s a great way of seeing things in the local area and further afield. Also getting regular exercise.
What’s your post-race indulgence? I will tend to go all the scientific and have some protein (to repair muscles) and carbohydrate (to replace the fuel I’ve used). This might be a chicken sandwich or a baked potato with tuna. But my indulgence is custard and bananas – both myself and my two-year-old daughter love custard and bananas!
Have you ever run barefoot? I grew up in Kenya, so used to run around barefoot to play football and the like. But really as soon as Kenyans run in competition, pretty much everyone wears shoes. Lighter shoes offer performance advantage, but no shoes is harder to race with. When I came back to Scotland, aged eight, wearing shoes all the time.
Who is your favorite runner? Kílian Jornet is pretty exceptional – this guy thinks it’s normal to run up the Matterhorn. He is the king of ultra-long distance running. Kenenisa Bekele is one guy that many of the really fast runners admire.
It’s time to sum up: the world should be proud of such people – a strong body and spirit. Thank you for what they do and for sharing their experiences with other people.

About the author

thehornet

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment