Outside interest: long-distance running

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 4 May 2016

Osian RobertsWhen he's not working in his Cardiff office, DPP principal planner Osian Roberts runs and takes part in marathons and half marathons.

How did you get into running?

During my year out from university in 2006 I took part in the Great North Run half marathon after a bit of coaxing from my then girlfriend and now wife. That run marked the start of my outside interest in running.

What does it involve?

Most of my running is on roads and if I have a race booked I prepare and up my training to three or four days a week. Other times I'm probably running once or twice a week. I do a park run on a Saturday morning as often as I can.

Why do you do it?

I run for rest and relaxation and to get away from things at the end or start of a day. It's a time to think and work at improving my personal best times.

What’s the toughest thing about it?

Training is hardest, not just finding the time while balancing family life and job, but motivation especially on a cold and rainy day. 

What’s the most rewarding thing about it?

The end of a race is the best aspect of running: I recently did a Snowdonia marathon and just finishing the race was a fantastic feeling after all the hard work. It's a beautiful race because of the scenery and it's nice to think of what you have achieved after all that training. 

Are there any similarities between your day job and running?

Being committed, spending time improving your skills and developing techniques and approaches to overcoming hardships or problems is common to both planning and running. 

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