The Mini Interview sits down with Emma Wadding (pictured on the left), an enthusiastic runner.
She loves the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for its unique combination of raising money for charity and helping many women of Ireland reach important health goals.
Why do you run in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? It’s a great goal to train for when you’re looking for motivation in January, and particularly if you’re feeling sluggish after Christmas. Lots of my friends and running club members also run in the event so we train together - it’s great fun coming together for the one goal.
How many times have you ran in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? Four times so far.
What is the importance of races like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for you? I’m a very health conscious individual and the nation’s health is a very topical issue at the minute. This race is a great way to get women out, active and looking after themselves and we can all benefit from it in the long run.
When do you start preparing for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I run all year round but the real focus on speed for the race kicks in for me around March or April time. I up the ante then!
Do you have a pre-race routine? Always – I’m a very organised person! The night before I lay all of my gear out to make sure everything is ready for the next day.
I drink plenty of water. On the morning of the race I get up extra early and get a good nutritious breakfast, usually porridge or eggs and toast. Just before the race I also make sure to do a good warm-up to bring my body up to speed.
What is your hope for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? To beat my time from last year. Last year was by far the fittest I’ve been and to get back to that place and cross the line with a smile would be super!
How do you define a ‘successful’ Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? One you enjoy. It’s all about enjoying yourself on the day and soaking up the atmosphere. Taking part is what the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is all about. It’s all the women coming together for many great causes.
What do you admire about the people who take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? The time they give up to raise money and train. I mostly admire the people with special needs who participate. This is something that is close to my heart as my Mam is involved with our local Special Olympics club back home.
Who do you think is going to win the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? Honestly, I don’t know, there are so many great contenders. Exciting times!
The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 1st of June with registration opening in early 2015. For further information visit www.Facebook/vhiwomensminimarathon. Follow us on Twitter @VhiWmm.