Aspiring Olympian and Sweaty Betty Ambassador Talks Running
Sweaty Betty ambassador, Charlotte Browning is an aspiring Olympian and elite middle-distance runner who has been pushing her fitness limits to the max.
“A few weeks ago, I was in New York to compete in the Dash to the Finish Line 5km,” she recalls with enthusiasm. “There, I toed the line against a field of Olympian 5km runners in an exciting race to kick off the weekend, before the NYC Marathon the following day. I managed to hold my own through the streets of Manhattan, running a personal best 5km time of 16.23.
“Post-race, I walked to Mercer St, Soho to meet the US Sweaty Betty team. The boutique was beautiful, bringing back great memories of home and welcoming me with a familiar, empowered feeling. Set in the heart of Soho, Mercer Street was bustling with happy, fashionable shoppers.
“At the end of my weekend, I returned to Charlottesville, Virginia, to prepare for one of the USA’s biggest Turkey Trot races, held on Thanksgiving morning in Manchester, Connecticut.
“Layered up in my Sweaty Betty Galaxy Run Tights, Competitor Hoodie and wind breaker to ensure I stayed dry and warm, I felt great from gun to tape and finished strong in 2nd place - 7 seconds behind a top Kenyan Rising Star and ahead of some top US Athletes. I was thrilled, especially considering the freezing conditions!
“For me, the New Year means the start of track season and my specialty event, the 1500m. With the World Indoor Championships and Commonwealth Games qualifying periods fast approaching, I’ll be concentrating on increasing speed and strength. I’m itching to run my first track race in NYC at the end of January. I look forward to my hard work paying off!
Congratulations to Charlotte – we wish you good luck in 2014!
5-Minute Q&A with Charlotte Browning -
1. Where is your favourite place to run?
I’ve always loved Hampstead Heath. I used to race cross country there when I was a teenager and still love running there when I’m in London.
2. What is your most inspirational ‘run song’?
I love to run with music. My favourite song to run to is ‘Linger’ by The Cranberries.
3. What are your tips for motivating yourself to go running when it’s cold and raining?
Don’t run alone. Knowing you’re in it with someone else helps to keep you going, and attainable goals keep you focused. With regards to the weather, correct clothing is essential. I layer my Run Jacket over my Competitor Run Hoodie, with a headband and gloves. It can be so rewarding to get up at the crack of dawn and go running. Admittedly, you often only realise this once you’re home in the warmth with a cup of tea!
4. What do you think is the key to success?
Self-discipline and consistency are very important, along with confidence in your ability. My weekly routine combines a healthy lifestyle, endurance workouts, intervals, as well as strength and speed training. I like to do hill sprints to improve my power, and do yoga for flexibility. For me, believing in yourself and overcoming obstacles is a true measure of success.