Meet the team – Liz – plus Meet the T shirts!

Our T shirts have arrived! And they are purple! Here are Liz and Hilary baptizing them at the Rising Sun Parkrun on Saturday 11th May. We can’t wait to don them for the actual Marathon – under 2 weeks away now. So it’s time to meet the third member of our team, Liz.

What is your running history? Liz: I ran cross country at school, but wasn’t very good. Then at 30, in 2006, me and my friend did Great North Run for the first time. I had to do all my training while living in Qatar in the summer, in a gym, on a treadmill, because it was too hot outside: it was extremely tedious. Then I’ve been doing halfs, 10ks, 5ks and marathons on and off ever since. I’ve done the Sunderland and Loch Ness marathons, loads of Great North Runs, the Wooler half, the Spadeadam half for my 50th, trail outlaws ultimate challenge, 6 ½ marathons in 1 year, every one of them difficult. I’ve run at Penshaw Monument, at the back of beyond, up and down hills. I got an award for that – no placing, obviously, but I completed.

What was your best run? I run well in Chopwell and I don’t know why. But I think the answer to this question might be the latest Great North Run, when I had some injury difficulties but I ran with my daughter, probably for the first and last time. It was super special running it together.

What are the barriers to your running? Going full time has caused difficulties because juggling everything and maintaining energy, looking after dad with Dementia, 2 teenage girls, an untidy husband and a dog takes so much time. Also injury.

What does running give you? Peace, tranquility, exercise, better fitness (apart from the injuries!), me time.

How has running changed you?  I’ve met a really nice bunch of people over a long period of time. My Dad used to run and it’s nice to feel connected to him, especially now he can’t remember, but we have this in common. I like the fact it makes me feel better inside myself and gives me more body confidence. When I can’t do it I feel fat and dark and horrible, and the more I get into that negative mindset it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t miss it until times like this when we’re talking about it and I look at my medals and then I remember and I really miss it. I’ve got a really annoying husband who tells me I should be doing bits of training, likes to be a pseudo coach – it’s not helpful!

Where is God when you run? Tweeting with the birds, in the sunshine, at the top of the hill when you’re just about to collapse, in the fresh air, in the scenery.

And here we are at the end of the parkrun – Liz especially sore with an achilles problem – but very pleased with ourselves.