Hellooooooooo! My name is Imran Ali, I live with my wife and two children in Coventry where I was born and raised. I’ve lived here most of my life, apart from a 3 year stint in Sunderland in the Northeast when I studied for my degree. Oh and I spent 6 months in the USA after graduating and worked in a rollercoaster theme park in Ohio, where I got to test ride a rollercoaster in the mornings – good times.
Why & when did you start running?
I was introduced to running through Parkrun in 2012 and since then I’ve never looked back. My attendance was patchy to begin with, but as I got to know people at Parkrun, my interest and confidence developed. Eventually I began to attend most weeks and wanted to see faster times. I realised that running once a week alone wasn’t enough, so in October 2014 I joined my local running club. It was only then that I started to run more often. I now run at least 3 times a week, usually consisting of running with my club, on my own and other running friends. I have also started to include core and calisthenics training on rest days from running.
What does running do for you?
Running has given me a tremendous boost, in many ways. I feel my general well being and health has improved and it’s made me consider what I eat more carefully. It has introduced me to a wonderful community of people both online and offline who are supportive of one another, the supportive nature of the community is one of the aspects which I absolutely love.
Do you have any running goals?
I’m currently training for my first marathon. I hope to run one next year sometime in 2016. Other running goals are getting quicker over 5k. I love taking part in parkrun. I hope to go sub 24 mins by the end of 2015. My current PB is 24.49
What’s your greatest running achievement?
Running my first Official half marathon in Coventry and in a weeks time hopefully completing my 100th parkrun.
What’s the biggest challenge you face at the moment?
This is my first full year of running since I joined a running club and the biggest challenge has been running in the hot humid weather during the past couple of months. As a result I have not been running as regularly. However, I have found running much later in the evenings is better for me. So have now started to do this. I have also found on a number of occasions that I have not been able to run some longer distances, this has knocked my confidence, so I’m trying to learn how to deal with this.
What has been most helpful to you?
I have found a number of things helpful, joining a running club, being part of my local parkrun community and of course being part of DYRT has all been extremely helpful. I enjoy reading about others running related experiences both the highs, lows and in-between bits.
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