Every so often, you come across a runner who has a real talent for running. They run the times only most of us can dream of … and they make it seem effortless … but behind the scenes there is a dedication and commitment beyond belief.
Jordan Foster, better known as @projectmarathongirl for Instagram fans, is one of these runners. We’ve followed her journey for a number of years now and have cheered her alongway the way for every achievement she has had. There have been knockbacks, not everything has gone to plan and she has the same insecurities as the rest of us but her positive, and grounded, attitude to running and life makes her one of the most inspirational runners around.
So we are absolutely delighted to announce Jordan as one of our Guest Speakers at the Expo in May.
Jordan will be answering questions at the Expo and you can run with Jordan at Rock n Roll 5k on Saturday morning of the Expo but in the meantime we had a quick chat with Jordan about why she started running and what running means to her.
WHY DID YOU START RUNNING?
In my early 20s I realised I needed to start living a bit more of a healthier lifestyle, instead of just going out every weekend! I started going along to a circuit class with some friends and running 5k a couple of times a week. One of them asked me if I wanted to join them for a 10k muddy obstacle race, I have never been one to say no to a challenge, so of course I said yes! I started slowly increasing the distance of my runs and was really enjoying it so once the race was done I decided to continue running and signed up for my local half marathon – and I’ve never looked back!
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCES OF RUNNING?
I was definitely a lot more carefree! I didn’t have a watch for the first year, I didn’t follow a training plan, I didn’t do ‘sessions’ – I just ran! Which is how I think everyone should start, as I just enjoyed it with no pressure! Once I started running more and entering races, I realised I wanted to improve so I started to take it a little more seriously!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING FOR?
I started running more seriously in 2014, where I completed my first half marathon… and the rest as they say is history!
HOW HAS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS RUNNING CHANGED?
I do take it a lot more seriously compared to when I first started (sometimes too seriously!) but I have definitely relaxed a little over the last 12 months. I understand now that to achieve your goals it does take hard work, but it is never worth sacrificing your health (mental or physical!) for, and life is still there to be enjoyed alongside training and racing hard!
ARE THE REASONS FOR RUNNING NOW THE SAME AS THEY WERE WHEN YOU STARTED? Nope! I still love it just the same but back then it was just a casual hobby I did every now and then. It’s now pretty much the biggest part of my life – it’s what my job is now centered around and it has given me opportunities I never even dreamed of!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISTANCE AND WHY?
It has to be the marathon. Although I have had my ups and downs with the distance over the years, it will always be my favourite. I just love everything about it – from the training, to the day itself and putting all your hard work to the test.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF RUN AND WHY?
I actually can’t pick! I really do love all types of running – I love running on the road & track for those times I want to push myself to run fast, I love the trails for when I just want to switch off and enjoy running & I love the team aspect of XC and running with my club mates, which really helps me to stay motivated over the winter.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP RUNNING?
I love the feeling of achieving a goal, especially when you have worked hard for it. So on the days I don’t want to get out and run, I use that as motivation to get me out of the door!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOUTIRE RACE AND WHY?
The London Marathon. It was my first marathon back in 2016 so it will always be special to me, no matter what other races I do, this was the one that made me fall in love with the marathon!
HAVE YOU TAKEN PART IN ANY ROCK N ROLL RACES BEFORE?
Nope, and I am really excited to be pacing the 3.30 group for the first time at such a well loved, popular event!
WHAT ARE YOUR RUNNING GOALS THIS YEAR AND LONG TERM?
The big one for me is Comrades Marathon! I am heading out to South Africa next month to take part in the 95th edition of the marathon! My aim is to get one of the elusive Silver Medals – and be able to walk the next day!! And long term… my aim is to just enjoy it! My goals change all the time and rather than stressing about it I just go with the flow, so who knows what I will be aiming for next year, or the year after that!
12 months ago, Jordan broke the sub 3 hour for a marathon with a time of 2.58.37 and last month, Jordan completed the 250km Ultra X ultra marathon across the Arbia desert, 5 days of scorching heat, energy-sapping sand dunes and extreme elevation… and was not only the first female across the line but came 8th overall!!!
So what’s next for Jordan? Join us at the RunFit Expo 22/23 May as we can’t wait to find out either!