Look around the offices of Lyle & Scott and you’ll see a diverse range of part time sportsmen and women. We thought you might like to meet some of them:
Introducing Ross Matheson, a member of the sports marketing team at Lyle & Scott and a former international distance runner. Ross is still training and competing nationally, and has represented Scotland and Great Britain at track and cross country championships around the world. We caught up with Ross to talk about running:
How did you first get into running?
I began running at 15 to keep fit during the football off-season. I joined a local club and within 2-3 weeks I started beating the fast guys. By the time the new football season came back around I was hooked on running and gave football the boot.
What keeps you coming back? Do you find it still challenges you?
Running is still the most enjoyable part of my day and provides a great sense of escape. Whether I’m running alone or with friends, spending an hour away from a screen allows me to switch off and relax without any distraction (although runs are often far from relaxing…)
What advice would you give to someone just getting into it?
Running is a very accessible sport with very little financial investment required to start. The biggest downfall of new runners is pushing too hard too soon. It may be tempting to run that extra mile or pick up the pace to catch the guy in the distance, but going from couch potato to competitive runner in a matter of weeks will result in injury and fatigue. Pace yourself and aim for marginal gains.
Do you find it hard to make time for running?
I am a big advocate of the ‘run commute’. I run 10k to and from work everyday which allows me to fit my training in before and after work. It takes the same amount of time as public transport, and it’s probably less sweaty than the tube too!
What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Enjoy yourself! Someone once asked me “if your race was cancelled today, would you be disappointed?” If the answer is no, then you aren’t running for the right reasons. Running should be about enjoying the challenge of pushing yourself and achieving your own personal goals. If you need a day off, then rest. Running shouldn’t be a chore.