Helen Davies - long-distance runner

 
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How did you get involved in running?

I started Running for fun and fitness in 2003.

Growing up, who was your all-time inspirational sports person?

Paula Radcliffe

What advice would you give to a young, aspiring runner?

Always have fun with your running and never out run the joy of running. Work hard. Stay humble, honest. Always Fail Forward. Train hard – race easy.

Best running achievement so far?

Finishing 3rd British lady at London Marathon 2010. Running for GB at European Championships and for England Commonwealth Games. Since returning to running competitive marathons after having my boys – a hat trick of wins at Brighton Marathon 2017, 2018 and 2019. Representation England in Toronto waterfront marathon in October 2018. Most recently being selected by British Athletics to represent Team GB at the 50km World Champs in Romania in September 2019.

Aspirations in running for 2019 and beyond?

To have a success at the 50k World Championships and achieve a team medal. To run a marathon PB at Valencia Marathon in December and again at London Marathon in April 2020 and get a top 10 British placing.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?

My favourite animals are sloths and I have a phobia of seagulls!

What are your top three sport nutrition tips?

  1. Make yummy healthy raw food treats to help satisfy those sweet tooth cravings, guilt free.

  2. Get ahead and organised with recovery food and healthy breakfasts to avoid silly mistakes that could affect your training and recovery - ind what works for you. We are all different

  3. Enjoy your food and keep it fun and interesting and varied.

What are your top three training tips?

  1. Be consistent and committed.

  2. Listen to your body

  3. Don’t forget the gains of rest, recovery and sleep

Can you give us an insight into your pre race routine?

Plenty of Sleep. Stretching and massage. Stay relaxed. Stay hydrated. Have a trusted breakfast 3 hours before the race and 2 beet-it stamina shots 2hrs before.  Be organised. Do a good warm up and pre race drills. Have a race plan.

Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?

I have been using beet-it stamina shots since the study was first released 10 years ago. I find they improve my stamina. I use them on session days and long run days. In the build up to key events I load on them and take one every morning and evening of the week before and take 2 shots 2hrs before race. They make me feel stronger and give me a performance gain.