Megan Davies is a long distance runner based in Norwich. She started running distance in 2011 when she took part in a half marathon. Since then she has run half marathons in Tunbridge Wells and Colchester, the London Marathon in 2013 with a time of 4:44:38 and the Edinburgh Marathon. She also completed the Grand to Grand Ultra 2013 – a grueling 270 miles over seven days – and a 34 mile race in Exmoor called the Enduralife Coastal challenge as well as one of the Rock Solid obstacle races. In June she took part in another 220km Ultra marathon in Butan which took in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and high altitudes and humidity. Here we ask her a few questions over a protein shake….
What have been the proudest moments of your career history to date?
In 2012 I had to have a third knee operation. I had fallen when I was 15 and caused some damage to my knee cap and the cartilage behind it. At that time I had completed my first half marathon and had my heart set on running a full marathon, I’d even started training for one. But doctors told me this was extremely unlikely. In fact, they said I should not get my hopes up about distance running again after the operation. I was devastated but after the operation I worked hard on building up my fitness and dedicated myself to the psysio. My proudest moment was completing my first marathon after beleiveing I never would get the chance. It was very emotional.
What are your fitness plans for this next year?
I aim to keep race ready. I am doing a race in Sri Lanka in March – another Ultra marathon so I will be training hard for that and have just been offered a place with Sarcoma UK for the London marathon 2015, I’m honoured to be running for them (https://www.justgiving.com/megandaviesultras/)
Do you have you heart set on any particular goal for the future?
I would like to engage more with other people and running. It is a stress relieving activity and there are so many more benefits to it than just getting fit. I see it as an important tool in combating mental health problems and anxiety and I would like to be a part of bringing that to the forefront of public consciousness and actually helping people utiltise it in this way.
Which Deluxe product would you recommend to others and why?
I use the Deluxe Recovery Powder and its amazing especially for ultras where you are competing back to back runs. I also use the Electrolyte Powder– especially in hotter climates when you need to replace electrolytes efficiently.
What do you value above anything else and why?
My family. My parents are my number one supporters and my brother has a very calm influence on me too which I appreciate.
Which person has influenced you most in your life?
Both my grandparents – Violet and Norman. He died 2008 and she died last June while I was racing, which was devastating.
I think my love of endurance racing comes from my grandfather. We recently discovered that he did a 370 mile bike ride as a young man – something he never told me when he was alive. I’d have loved to have swapped stories with him.
My Nanna was extremely important to me – she was my biggest cheerleader. I carried a picture with me when I ran because she wanted to be there with me at every step so I had her picture with me so she could be. My last words to her were ‘always remember, where I go, you go’ and she will be with me during every run.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
All of it, there’s too much good advice to share it all. But this quote sums up advice I’ve been given by many brilliant people:
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A. A. Milne
What is on your bucket list that you haven’t got round to doing yet?
I have a long, long list of countries I want to visit. There really are too many mountains to climb and too many views to see.
What is your perfect way to unwind on a weekend?
Running. I feel most relaxed and free when I’m running.
I usually run six days a week – anything up to 80 miles a week.
Not many people know this about me but….
I am an open book. I am really rubbish at hiding anything so there are no skeletons to reveal here I’m afraid.