TrailFest Asks… Marc Blane

If you know Marc, then you’ll know that he’s addicted to running! If he’s not on the trails he’s usually looking for his next race to enter. Yet Marc doesn’t run to get onto the podium, he runs for the pure joy of it. We’ve had the pleasure of sharing many runs with Marc and were delighted that he wanted to share his own trailrunning story with us.

TF: When did you start trailrunning?

MB: Around two years ago, it’s been a gradual process of switching from mostly road running to hitting the trails.

TF: What do you run for?

MB: 4 years ago when I started is was for health benefits and losing weight. These days I run for fun, the enjoyment, meeting others, testing myself.

TF: What’s your proudest running (or running-related) achievement/moment?

MB: That’s a tough one….    I’d say completing my first ever Ultra Marathon Clydestride not too long after injury. I was going to withdraw my entry but was advised to run as far as I could. I went on to finish the full 40 miles that day which felt great.

TF: What’s been your darkest/bleakest moment/time running?

MB: Getting injured in March 2016 after running a Half Marathon which kept me out for a few months.

TF: What did you learn from this?

MB: Don’t take anything for granted, enjoy what you’ve got and take care of your body.

TF: What do you think of when the trails get tough?

MB: Normally really random stuff, some of it strange, some of it funny. It’s almost like I give myself problems to work out. Very hard to describe.

TF: Does trailrunning help you in other areas of your life? If so, how?  

MB: It takes you away from everything in day to day life. Helps give me a break and allows me to think. My concentration, focus and energy levels have also increased which I find benefits me at work.

TF: Who (or what) is your running inspiration?

MB: A runner called Lorn who introduced me to heartrate running back in September 2013. This switch at the time helped me get back to enjoying my runs and it wasn’t all about running everywhere at 100% effort. I still enjoy reading her blog and often recommend it to others

TF: What’s the one big race you’d love to complete?

MB: Glencoe Skyline, it looks awesome!

TF: Do you prefer morning or evening trailruns?

MB: Mornings

TF: What season do you enjoy the most for trailrunning?

MB: Spring, it gives you renewed energy after the long slow winters

TF: Where’s your favourite trail/area to run?

MB: I enjoy local running around Muirshiel Country Park, however I love to run anywhere new.

TF: What are your favourite trail shoes/what are you running in just now?

MB: I love my Salomon Speedcross. Not too good over wet rocks but excellent everywhere else.

TF: What three words would you use to describe your relationship to running?

MB: Addicted, exciting, awesome.

TF: What one piece of advice would you give to others? 

MB: Believe in yourself

TF: What’s your trail style:

  • Buff, headband or trucker cap? Cap
  • Shorts, tights or compression? Shorts
  • Singlet, tech t-shirt or windshirt? Tech t-shirt
  • Bumbag, rucksack or race vest? Race vest
  • Headphones or the sounds of the trail? Sounds of the trails
  • Energy gels or homemade sandwiches? Homemade sandwiches
  • Jelly babies or TUC biscuits? TUC biscuits
  • Instagramming or disconnected? Instagramming
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