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Running has given me experiences and friendships – Guest Speaker Kelly Ruck

If you are an Instagram fan, then there is a good chance you already follow Kelly Ruck aka @kellogs_ontherun and are used to seeing her cheerful posts every day. From not running 4 years ago to now running ultras, Kelly is proof that if you set your mind to something it can be achieved.

WHY DID YOU START RUNNING?

After having my 4thChild, I started with a local couch to 5k group originally to get fit and start looking after myself physically. I needed something that was for me, to look after me. I also needed to get better control of my type 1 Diabetes.

WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCES OF RUNNING?

Horrible!

Haha! It hurt. But I loved the feeling afterwards. I could barely run a few hundred meters, but seeing improvements each time, feeling the post run high, kept me hooked.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING FOR?

3 years

ARE THE REASONS FOR RUNNING NOW THE SAME AS THEY WERE WHEN YOU STARTED?

No, I started running to get fit but I now run for me time and for better mental and physical health. I’ve had some fantastic experiences, ran in some beautiful places and made some amazing friendships along the way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISTANCE AND WHY?

Long!

Marathons and Ultras. You’re in it for the long haul. It’s a mental battle as well as physical, and I love that!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF RUN AND WHY?

Trail running is what I love the most. The scenery and variation is what I run for, every run is different and I love the tranquility and peacefulness of running in the countryside on the trails.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP RUNNING?

For me, it’s just to keep on improving. To find out just how far I can push myself, both with longer distances and improving my times and PBs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE AND WHY?

Race to the Tower.

This was my first ultra, it had a ridiculous elevation but beautiful scenery all the way through. I ran this solo and had to juggle the heat, my diabetes and the extreme distance all by myself but I did it. It was a tough mental and physical journey but the feeling of crossing that finish line is something I will never forget.

HAVE YOU TAKEN PART IN ANY ROCK N ROLL RACES BEFORE?

No. I can’t wait to do so!

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN FOR RUNNING?

Run your own race! Forget what everyone else is doing. Do your own thing, your pace, your race. I like to apply this to training and racing. It’s very easy to get swept up in comparing yourself with others, but the only person you need to worry about is you. We all run different, different speeds, different styles, different goals.

WHAT ARE YOUR RUNNING GOALS THIS YEAR AND LONG TERM?

This year I have decided to take it back to basics after completing my Spring Marathon. I’m now focusing on building stronger foundations with my running, in order to really go for mountain ultras in 2020. I’m hoping for UTMB CCC (Ultra-Trail du MontBlanc) next year if successful in getting a place this year (I wasn’t last year).

Longer term, I would love to get my Marathon time down to Boston Qualifying and perhaps tackle a 100 mile race.  Pretty big asks but I believe that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it!

Kelly will be speaking on the Inspirational Stage at the RunFit Expo on Saturday 25th May at 1.45pm with Matt Rees aka @thewelshrunner after the Rock n Roll 5k.