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Day 3: Tamara’s Challenge - how fast you can run a mile?

posted on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness
It’s day 3 of The 30 Day Sweat Challenge and today your fitness task is set by Sweaty Betty’s founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton.

As a keen runner, yogi and swimmer, Tamara challenges you to see how fast you can run a mile, then share your time on social media using #SB30DaySweat.

Sweaty Betty sat down with Tamara to find out all on why she loves to run, her weekly workout schedule and her favourite run routes in and out of London.

Tamara wears the Zero Gravity Tights and Quick-Dry Champion L/S Tee.

When did you first get into running?
Six years ago, when my family and I first rented a weekend place by the beach. Running was my way of getting rid of all the stresses of city life each weekend.

How often do you train?
I run about 3 times a week; every Monday after work with the Sweaty Betty run club, on a Thursday in Gunnersbury Park with the dog and once at the weekend – either on the beach with the kids or on my own to a playlist. If I’m training for a triathlon, then I will go running in Richmond Park after a bike ride. Each run is between 5-10km, but Annie - our run club coach - makes us do sprint training quite often too.

Do you enter running races such as marathons?
I do triathlons rather than running races, as I like to vary my training.

What is it that you love about running?
I love to run in beautiful places - especially on beaches as I find it so calming and rids the body and mind of stress. I also like to run in new places and cities that I'm unfamiliar with, as I get to explore a bit whilst exercising. I love the way you can put on some running clothes and a pair of trainers and be out the door in a second, exercising straightaway - it's a great time saver. My final reason? The endorphin high after running is so addictive. I always feel AMAZING after a run.

Hydration is key: Don't forget to drink at least 2 litres of filters of water today.

Now it's time to move onto day 4's challenge.
How I Got Into Running
By Val - 3rd September 2014
I started running just over a year ago. I struggled to run for 15 minutes to start with but slowly and surely, I built up the stamina and ran my first 10k after a couple of months. I now take my sneakers with me whenever I go away. Running is a great way to discover and explore new places but most of all, it's a great challenge to self. I'm running my second half marathon in 2 weeks! There are things my body won't do unfortunately but it can run. Running has given me a sense of achievement and freedom and like Tamara says, it is truly addictive.
Fastest Mile To Date
By Jane Kaye - 3rd September 2014
I'm currently training to do a half marathon race and want to get under 1hr 50 mins. Today I did tabatta training with my PT and did 3 miles back to back, one of which was 6mins 15 seconds. My fastest ever mile pace to date! Didn't think I had it in me but achieving that makes me feel faster and stronger with the determination to smash my target.
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