Runner Profile – Vicki Lowes

Vicki Lowes

This runner profile features Vicki Lowes, who is in an on-off relationship with running. My sidekick (or thorn in my side – not sure which, to be honest!) in life, she is as stubborn as they come, so is currently trying again to get back into it – and I don’t think she will give up!

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NameVicki Lowes
Age Group40 – 45 (just!)
LocationGreat Ellingham, Norfolk
When did you start running?I did a few Race for Life events in my early 20s. I properly started running after I pledged to myself, while on a hospital bed receiving chemo and being unable to walk, that I would do a 10k that following year for Cancer Research UK. And I did. That was back in September 2011 and I’ve had an on-off relationship with it since. 
Why did you start running?When you are unable to do something as seemingly simple as walking, you desperately want to be able to do that… and I wanted to prove to myself that my body was capable of way more than just enduring the chemo and what felt like endless blood and platelet transfusions.
What’s been your biggest running-related achievement?That very first 10k was a huge achievement. I ran the first 5k without stopping and jeffed the rest.
What are your future running aims?I’d like to train properly for a half marathon – I’ve done two. My first was the Great North Run in 2017 – I didn’t do more than 10k in the run up to it though. My second was during lockdown – a virtual one – where I ended up in agony halfway through. Again, I didn’t train properly, so I really only have myself to blame. 
What’s been your running high?Breaking that 60-minute barrier and coming in at dead on 59 minutes in a 10k race.
What’s been your running low?Suffering from shin splints and tendonitis of the rotator cuff. Both injuries set my running back significantly.
Current running shoesAsics – I don’t know what type, though!
Advice for a beginnerI am a beginner again at the moment as keep falling out of love with it, so I guess I’d advise someone to persevere. The endorphins after a run are worth the effort!

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