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Interview with Sweetie

pedroscalls asks: Congratulations Sweetie, my question is if time and money was no issue what race or route would you love to do.

Sweetie says: Thanks Pedro. That is a difficult question as there are *so* many races on my bucket list (I'd better hurry up and tick some off as I'm not getting any younger!). I always fancied doing marathons around various cities in Europe, tying in each one with a bit of sightseeing, etc. I have ticked off Paris and Rome but there are loads more on the list - I always fancied Prague!
If time were no issue then it wouldn't need to be a race, I'd just like to wander off, maybe do the Welsh Coast Path or LEJOG or just where the mood takes me. I am not quite sure what that says about my psychology but the hankering to go walkabout is definitely there.
RRR-CAZ 🇬🇧 asks: Congratulations Sweetie
My question is if you were offered golden tickets to any sporting event what would you choose to watch?


Sweetie says: Thanks RRR-Caz. I am torn between Rugby and the Olympics - arrrgghh which to choose! OK, I'll plump for the Olympics - athletics 100m finals. I was a keen sprinter in my teens and I have amazing memories of my mother taking me to the Commonwealth games in Edinburgh in 1986. I remember seeing Daley Thompson, Sally Gunnel, Linford Christie and Liz McColgan, it was truly awesome. I took my kids to some Olympic events in 2012, badminton, volleyball, table tennis but we didn't get any athletics tickets, so that would be the dream.
Pothunter asks: Congrats! What would you have for you “death row” meal? Starter, main, dessert plus something to wash it down?

Sweetie says: Thanks Pothunter. Starter = calamares (ideally eaten in a sunny seafront restaurant in Spain)
Main = Home cooked Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. You cannot beat roast potatoes *fact*
Dessert = I am always disappointed with desserts eaten out so again I would go with home made - lemon and ginger cheesecake with a scoop of damson ripple icecream (OK, I know that's technically two desserts but they'd fit in the same bowl!).
Washed down with: Pepsi Max (It has to be my biggest vice, I drink the stuff by the gallon!)
westmoors asks: Congratulations Sweetie. If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Sweetie says: Thanks Westmoors. I would have to say Chrissie Wellington, a great ambassador for sport generally and women's sport in particular. She always seems so cheerful and approachable and I'd love chat to her about all things triathlon.
Mushroom asks: Congratulations. Have you ever had a bad session during a race or event? What did you do to get over it?

Sweetie says: Thanks for the question Mushrooom. Bad sessions? All the time!! I think for training sessions that's pretty much my default setting :-)

Every once in a while you get that glorious run where everything just feels easy, the sun is shining and all is well in the world but most often they're, well maybe not bad, but a bit meh! I always have to remind myself that just getting out the door is a win and it's all good miles in the legs for whatever event I have on the horizon.

Twelve years ago I had a lisfranc foot injury (google it, its horrific) and I honestly didn't think I'd run again, so sometimes I just need to give myself a mental slap and remember how grateful I am to still be running. I'll never be quick, I don't even reach the heady heights of mid-pack, but if I can keep on, keeping on, that'll do me.
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