A Quick Cuppa With….Carol Fairburn
Carol is from Addlestone in Surrey. She is a housewife, mother of two teenagers, and a Samaritan volunteer. She is also a cancer survivor having beaten bowel cancer in 2006 and breast cancer in 2010.
How long have you been running and why did you start?
I started running in around 2004. I had always told myself I would try running and discovered that I could. I also wanted to learn something new and to grab some me time.
How often do you run?
Not as often as I want at the moment as I am just returning to exercise after an enforced lay off since January for family reasons. The last three weeks or so I have managed to get back into a routine of short runs and gym work and feel so much better for it.
What do you listen to when you are running?
Just about everything! I have a very wide taste in music including lots of guilty pleasure tracks that I won’t admit to! And of course, the traffic!
How do you stay focused and disciplined?
By thinking back to my cancer and how my determination to get running again helped me recover quickly and get back to life with my family.
Other than running what else do you do to keep fit?
Gym work, walking and all the normal duties being a mum involves!
What is your favourite place to run?
Anywhere where there’s some greenery and peace. There are a couple of very under-used parks nearby, complete with rabbits and lots of different birdlife, trees and open space, so I head there if I can.
How long have you been a member of Running4Women?
Since 2005 and I have made some very special friends through running and through my long association with R4W.
What are your goals for the coming year?
Just to get back to a regular routine of running without putting pressure on myself to achieve anything. That’s goal enough for me right now.
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