Outside interest: running and jogging

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 29 Jun 2016

Jo Robison

When not working as an associate director at DPP, Jo Robison is a keen runner. 

How did you get into running?

I had never really run before last year and then I heard about the Great Northern Run and put my name in the hat. I competed in, and completed, the half marathon last September. Since then I have built up my training regime in Newcastle where I'm based.

What does it involve?

I do a long run every Sunday, 5km to 10km, and sometimes will take a beach route with a group of friends. I also go to the gym about three times a week, but it's not always easy to find the time to run, especially with three children. 

Why do you do it?

I love running; it's very head clearing. I lead a very busy life and sometimes just want to put my music on, give myself a bit of head space and run. I also enjoy getting fit.

What’s the toughest thing about it?

Getting out of bed at 6am in the morning to run can be a challenge.

What’s the most rewarding thing about it?

Completing the 13-mile Great Northern Run was a very moving experience and I cried for the last mile. It is probably one of my biggest achievements, having gone from never running before to completing a major race.

Are there any similarities between your day job and running?

The need to set goals and to have the determination to get to the end of a challenge are very similar to both, be it a run or a planning application. 

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