Runbetweener of the Month – Kirsty MacKenzie

Kirsty is one of our longest standing Monday night attendees. As our first featured runner of 2019 she was given the honour of casting the first vote in favourite race. Yet again We’ve another vote for Drumchapel parkrun which is by far and away the most popular Glasgow course according to our runners.

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Drumchapel parkrun
RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

THE WARM UP WHEN THIS SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

ABOUT YOU

Name: Kirsty MacKenzie
Age: 45
Town of Birth: Paisley
Running Club(s): The Runbetweeners + East Renfrewshire Jogging Group
Something interesting we don’t know about you: I’ve just started climbing even though I have no head for heights!
THE LONG HARD MILES WHEN YOU WONDER WHY YOU’RE DOING THIS

RUNNING (write as much as you want)

How and when did you start running? Early 20’s. I started by walk/jogging in increasing loops around where I lived in Shawlands.
Why did you start running? I was working shifts and needed a form of exercise which was cheap and didn’t rely on a regular class
What is your favourite route to run? Why? New routes are good as my brain is distracted from the actual running. Ran every day on a Madrid long weekend.
What is your favourite race? Why? The Drumchapel park run –Hilly(Hell) but I got vegan cake and the marshalls were even more fab than usual.
Proudest running achievement? Why? I am still running! I used to break out into a walk at the thought of an 800m run!
What are your current running goals / ambitions? To keep running and never do the Tinto Hill race again.
One bit of advice you would give a new runner? Keep your head up-so that breathing is not restricted, you can see where you are going and everyone can see your smile
What does your better half / family think about your running? They think it is a good thing but my beloved husband thinks I should be running faster.
THAT BIT WHEN THE SMILE RETURNS TO YOUR FACE

SPRINT FINISH (answer in less than 5 words)

What is your favourite Runbetweeners session? Summer run in Newlands park. Partner up and do alternate loops. Recover while your partner is running.
If you could run anywhere in the world? Next holiday will probably be snowboarding in Italy – will try to fit in a wee run there.
Pollok parkrun personal best and seasons best? 27.45
Favourite parkrun? Not sure – I haven’t done them all. Ruchill looked like a whale on the map…which is cool.
With 6 months injury free training how fast could you run Pollok parkrun in? You are starting to sound like my husband…..
Favourite distance? 10K. Just right. I have run a few ½ marathons but I wouldn’t say I’d ever trained for one.
Who is your running hero? Laura Muir – winning medals in inspiring style!
Your best running habit? I don’t beat myself up if I miss a run – I just get out at the next opportunity.
Your worst running habit? If I run – I get to eat chocolate and crisps.
One for the guys – tights or shights?
Kenny or Jack? Hmm. Jack has good hats but Kenny can reliably find his way back to Run4It
COOL DOWN

WELL EARNED CAKES

Describe The Runbetweeners in your own words. Friendly running club that will sweep you along with them!
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