How I Train: Charlotte Arter interview

British 10,000m champion and parkrun world record holder Charlotte reveals her love for porridge and The Greatest Showman

When did you start running and why?
I got into running at secondary school. I joined my local club, Border Harriers, in Cumbria, after a friend’s father suggested as much.

What has running done for you?
Some of the best friends I have I’ve made through running. But also the sport has taken me round the world. Recently I got to race in Albuquerque, US. It’s given me opportunities I would never have had otherwise.

How do you usually train?
I do a track session once a week which comprises quicker drills, like 400m or 1K reps. I also do a weekly long tempo session on the road, usually broken into blocks such as 3x 10mins. Then I’ll do a longer run on a Sunday, between 12 and 14 miles. The rest of the week it’s easy runs, and a couple of strength and conditioning sessions.

How important is running to you?
Running has so many positive physical and mental benefits. I was working full time last year and running at a high level at the same time, so running after work was my escape – it helped to clear my head.

Where do you enjoy running the most?
I love running because you can do it anywhere. Some of my favourite runs have been when visiting family and friends and I’ve hit the coast in Cornwall or Dorset, or the Lake District.

What are you running goals?
I’m hoping to qualify for the 10,000m in the World Championships this year. But my ultimate aim is to reach an Olympic Games in 2020 or 2024. I just want to keep enjoying what I’m doing and moving forward.

How do you fuel your training?
Before I run in the morning I’ll have porridge with berries, honey, nuts and seeds. After a hard track session I’ll have a banana and a pint of milk within 20 minutes. Then later on I’ll have something more substantial like eggs on toast or a chicken salad sandwich.

Do you like to run with music?
For easy runs it’s a good way of just switching off. My iPod features a mix of songs, but I am partial to The Greatest Showman.


About Charlotte

Charlotte is a British runner based in Cardiff who was British 10,000m champion in 2018. Earlier this year she broke the parkrun world record, running 15:50 in Cardiff, as well as the Welsh half marathon record, clocking 69:40 in Barcelona.

Charlotte is a Saucony UK athlete, she is supporting the launch of the Saucony Ride ISO 2, available to buy for £120.00 at www.saucony.co.uk


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