Interview: Amina Khan

Next one on my interview series is Amina Khan. I surprisingly found her on Instagram 😉 , gotta love that thing! When I found her and started to follow, she was training for the Palestine Marathon and I just got interested because she was and is kicking some ass in her training, while being injured and unable to run she was boxing. She’s super talented jewellery designer, check Jewel Heritage. Also (funny fact) we shared the love for Arnica, a homeopathic super medicine! I’m really happy to meet her in London soon and have some gelato :).

Name, age, where you are from, what do you do

Amina, 26, currently reside in London, I work for a jewellery designer and do my own jewellery when I find the time!http://jewelheritage.com/

Why did you start to run?

I stopped and started running for a period of maybe 2,3 years before I started to run routinely. A few pals run with the Run Dem Crew and I’d seem them smash 5, 6, 13.1 milers and I was like woah, I wish I could do that.  And I did for a while but then I stopped as I felt like I wasn’t improving. Then I got peer pressured into the British 10k when I started a new job and from then I ran maybe once a week, which then snowballed into me running a marathon!

What running has given to you?

A sense of achievement in a weird way. Every time I finish a run especially a long one or one where I have broken one of my PB’s. It’s also allowed me to bond with people and create special memories.

Goals when it comes to running?

To run an average 8 minute mile by the end of the year, sub 48 minute this year on a 10K and to run another marathon in a part of the world I would never visit on a regular holiday. That’s the great thing about running, it allows you to visit places you never though you’d go to.

Favorite race/race memory?

My whole trip for the Paris half marathon was so special as I was sharing it with friends and it was in honour of a good friends father who had passed away a few months before. All four of us just have great memories of the whole trip, including the mistaking the washing up liquid for olive oil that ruined our pre-evening carb loaded, race dinner. The Palestine marathon was such a blur, it seemed to end so quickly, the whole trip, but every step of the race for me was so special. Nothing I do this year will top running my first marathon in Palestine, not even if I visit the moon.

Personal golden tip/motto when it comes to running?

For me, when I feel like giving up, I remember the feeling of satisfaction of finishing. Knowing I pulled through those negative thoughts that tell you to just give up. The same goes with when I have stopped and not finished a run, I remember how shitty I feel and I try and use these emotions to pull me through any bad slump I have during a run. Sometimes I catch myself looking down at my feet thinking, watching each stride and thinking wow, you are so lucky to be running freely right now at this moment in time. Sounds silly but give it a try on your next time.

Favorite running product?

My Nike running jacket, that works in all kinds of weather. I wear it so much it has started to rip in all kinds of places but I refuse to get rid of it. It has been with me to every race from Bethlehem to Paris. It just sucks Nike no longer do it! I also truly believe the Nike Pegasus +30 is the best running shoe.

Favorite thing(to do) outside of running?

When I got injured I turned to boxing for comfort and I absolutely love it. When I’m not boxing, I write reviews and sometimes articles, which I love to do…. And eating gelato. Lots and lots of gelato. If you’re ever in London go to 3BIS – http://www.gelateria3bis.it/gelateria-artigianale-londra/en/1/index/

Guilty pleasure, anything(music/food/drink/whatever) if you have?

Gelato. Usually I’ll have 3 scoops. Pistachio, nutella and peanut butter. I am also currently obsessed with collecting artwork, postcards, jewellery by Erte and finding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

What inspires/motivates you?

When I see results, from seeing a faint two pack from core work to running a PB, I think it helps with the ego which then makes you determined to continue and improve. It’s kinda funny, we are working with Nike at my workplace, as my boss has designed the We Own The Night finishers medals for London and seeing people who thought they couldn’t run a mile and thought I was crazy for running at 6am in the morning before work, sign up, train and become genuinely excited about it, inspires me to keep at this crazy thing called running.

Favorite song/book/movie/shoe/city?

Ever? Argh, hard so for song, but I’ve been revisiting Lauryn Hill and have Lost Ones on repeat. Cannot wait to see her live. Book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Matilda by Roald Dahl, both have special memories for me. Shoe – running – the Pegasus. Style – Air Max 1. Smart shoe – Russell & Bromley brogues. City – London ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford’.

Social media 

Instagram – @toocooltodrool

 

Interview : Melissa Doldron

Interview time!
We found each other on Instagram and the rest is history ;). Melissa Doldron is a kick ass runner and boxer and does what I dream to do for living. In short I find her to be amazeballs and we both have superb dogs to run with. She motivates me to try harder and when I feel down she always seems to find the right words to make me feel that I’m not alone, basically I feel that even if we live a sea apart, she’s a dear friend! And we share the love for guacamole and burritos!! Girl you rock!!
Name, age, where you are from, what do you do
Melissa Doldron, 37, from Toronto, Canada
I am a Registered Massage Therapist
Why did you start to run?
I am a former competitive amateur boxer, and as a boxer you need to put in your road work to build your cardio, so you ran. I hated every moment of it. LOL.
After a shoulder injury, I couldn’t box for a year, so to keep in shape, I kept running. Then I got a dog, and too keep him happy (i.e.: tired), I kept running. 😉
What running has given to you?
SO MUCH! Health, happiness, physical challenges and more recently, a real sense of community. I started to stay in shape, then chose some goals and began to race, then I discovered and was welcomed into an amazing run community in my city where the true happiness for running began.
Goals when it comes to running?
To run happy and healthy for as long as physically possible! I love the thought of being 80+ years old and still running!
Favorite race/race memory?
Has to be my most recent race, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! I traveled and ran with ladies from my city, got to connect with run crews I’ve followed via social media, it was SO EMPOWERING! The weather, the race course, it sounds cliche, but it just felt magical the whole weekend. Plus, I had a PB!
Personal golden tip/motto when it comes to running?
Golden tip is to treat your body kindly and incorporate cross-training, stretching, self-care and treatment (massage/physical therapy/chiropractic treatments) for injury prevention and maintenance.
Motto: “You are your only limitation.”
Favorite running product?
I love my Nike GPS watch for timing my runs. My Nike Flyknit Free’s and I’m obsessed with funky run tights! it’s a serious problem. LOL!
Favorite thing (to do) outside of running?
Boxing is and will always be my true sport passion! I’m an artist and art lover, so I love galleries, shows, etc. I also love being outside: in nature, sunny warm weather, anything active! – esp with my dog Simba. I also love eating burritos. Haha!
Guilty pleasure, anything(music/food/drink/whatever) if you have?
GUACAMOLE….and burritos. It’s a problem. LMAO.
What inspires/motivates you?
Honestly, my friends. I have some of the best friends every who constantly provide inspiration, motivation, a shoulder to cry on or vent to! So many men and women smashing personal goals, whether with running, fitness, boxing, art, music, LIFE! I’m a lucky girl.
Favorite song/book/movie/shoe/city?
Current favourite book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A real page turner! I have SO many that I love. The Millennium Trilogy (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is also one of my favourites!
I love anything Nike for shoes! And Toms (I’m into comfort!)
Any city is full of amazing adventure if you look for it! I love visiting Crown Point in Tobago tho because it always feels like home.
Social media 
Twitter/Instagram: @melissad_rmt