Name: Jodi Fisk
Joined Redway Runners: 27 May 2014
We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with Jodi Fisk who is leaving us shortly as she is on the move but hopefully the green tee will be making some appearances in Devon with James
15 February 2017
When did you start running and when did you join Redway Runners?
- I started running in 2012 and joined Redway Runners in the Spring of 2014.
What’s the best thing about being in a running club?
- The encouragement and support of other runners, it has made me more committed to my training. I suppose I should mention that it helped introduce me to my now boyfriend, James! So, it’s been quite beneficial for me!
How much does running with Redway Runners mean to you?
- It’s great to run with such a supportive and friendly bunch of likeminded people, I will really miss everyone when I move away.
Tell us about your first time? (with Redway Runners)
- Sunday club run in Aspley Woods, felt very apprehensive but it didn’t take long to get chatting and made to feel very welcome.
When and who do you run with the club?
- I have mainly attended Sunday runs, which are so useful for marathon training, I have found people (mainly John Laverick!) that are the same pace as me so that no long runs have to be alone again.
- At home, James and I run regularly with our dog, Jess.
Tell us your history of running?
- In my school years I was a very keen long distance runner but this soon disappeared when real life took over! It wasn’t until my late twenties when I realised I needed a healthier lifestyle so I decided to try something I was once ‘ok’ at, the rest as they say is history! I entered my first race in 2012 which was The Great South Run, the distances then got longer and my first marathon was Brighton in 2014. Since then, I have completed another Brighton Marathon, London Marathon, New York Marathon and Berlin Marathon. This year I am heading to Chicago, attempting to achieve my ambition of completing the six World Marathon Majors.
What has been you best running achievement?
- New York Marathon which was a long-awaited dream!
What is your running ambition?
- To run the six World Marathon Majors.
Why do you run?
- To always improve and better myself, to have a getaway from work as well.
Favourite place to run?
- Aspley Heath and Dartmoor in Devon.
What do you love to see while running?
- Other runners.
Best running phrase?
- ‘Train Hard, Race Easy’
Berlin Marathon finish line, I had only just come back from injury and didn’t feel ready for this race, so it was a big achievement for me.
Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?
- YES! I was injured for around 9 months and just couldn’t get myself out of the door for a while, I started by just running 2 miles and building slowly. It helped that I had James to drag me out of the door!
Best route around MK?
- I like running the Redways from Woburn Sands into Ouzel Valley, it never feels like you are in a ‘city’.
Do you always round up?
Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?
- Worst – To run my long runs close to or at my target marathon pace.
- Best – To appreciate the importance of rest days and recovery runs.
What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?
- I had a great experience at my first marathon and wouldn’t change a thing about it, I paced it from the start and really enjoyed the experience.
What do you think about when you run?
- What I am going to eat when I get home!
What cross training do you prefer?
- Core strength work at home.
Love or hate loop backs?
- Sorry, but I don’t like them!
Would you change your job if the hours didn’t suit running?
- My hours don’t suit running at all as unfortunately I am on call 24/7.
Run to time or distance?
- Distance, always.
If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?
- I am a stickler for social media, always upload my runs to Garmin/Strava and check out everyone else’s on there too.
What was your favourite race and why?
- Brighton Marathon, it’s my favourite race, the support is great and you finish by the sea.
Favourite race distance and why?
- Marathon, it always challenges me and my limits.
Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink
- Pasta the evening before and an SIS energy drink on the go the day before.
If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?
- Dartmoor in Devon, the scenery is amazing.
Favourite parkrun and why?
- Tring, it’s a lovely course and all off road.
What’s your one race essential?
- Jelly babies!
Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?
- Yes probably, as long as the time is logged somewhere!
Have you considered joining the cross country team?
- Yes, I enjoy cross country.
What would you prefer, a PB or a win?
- A PB, a win is pretty unlikely!
Thanks Jodi and good luck