Blog of the month: The Runner Beans

Starting this March, every month we chat to our favourite running bloggers about motivation, life goals and the magic of running! This week we meet the lovely Charlie Watson from The Runner Beans.

Blog of the month: The Runner Beans
  • Name: Charlie Watson
  • Occupation: Dietetics Student and Blogger
  • Location: London/Henley-on-Thames
  • Blog: therunnerbeans.com

How long has your blog been going? 

Five years! 

What made you decide to launch a blog?

I launched my blog back in 2011 when I signed up to run the London Marathon in memory of my friend Vic. I used the blog to tell my friends and family about my training and encourage them to donate to MIND (the charity I was running for). 

How many races have you run?

I've run six marathons and have numbers seven and eight in April - Boston and London, just six days apart!

What’s your marathon/half marathon PB?

My marathon PB is 3.49 and half is 1.47 (both of which I'm hoping to break in the next few weeks!)

What do you love most about running?

I love the freedom, the challenge and the sense of achievement that comes from completing workouts, finishing races and earning PBs. Running has made me more determined, given me more drive and proved how resilient I am.

What’s been your favourite race so far?

My favourite race was the NYC Marathon – I've run it twice, in 2013 and 2016 and loved it!

Are you an early morning runner or a moonlit jogger?

Early morning for sure! I usually run before 7am to squeeze in the miles before my long commute (up to two hours each way) and uni days!

What are your running goals?

I want to BQ – a sub 3.35 marathon – no matter how long it takes me to achieve it, I know I'll get there eventually!

What’s your ultimate bucket list race?

The bucket list races are Comrades and the Disney Dopey Challenge (where you run a 5K, 10K, Half marathon and marathon all in 4 days!)

What do you love most about blogging?

I love the friendships that I've made, the support I've received from around the world and the incredible opportunities. It's changed my life – I would never have found the passion or confidence to return to university to study Dietetics without it. 

What advice would you give to new runners?

Start slow, you can always speed up!

What’s your favourite post-run guilty pleasure?

ALL THE FOOD. Seriously, marathon training makes me so hungry, but I always love a good burger and fries post race.

What’s your favourite healthy snack?

Almond butter and fruit (strawberries, peaches, banana, apple...it goes with anything). I love the Pip&Nut almond and coconut butter.

How many miles a week do you typically train?

This training cycle I'm running more than I ever have before, probably around 50 miles a week.

Do you do any other sport in addition to running?

I love Barre classes – Barrecore is the studio I miss most now that I've moved out of London and try to schedule my meetings and lectures so that I can still go to classes. I want to try to cycle more – I have an ultimate dream of completing an Ironman but right now I am a terrible cyclist!

How do you motivate yourself to keep going on your long runs?

I listen to podcasts and storybooks which keep me interested and entertained. Also my coach often breaks down my long runs into shorter, manageable blocks such as 5 mile warm up, 4 x 2 mile repeats with 0.25 recovery, 3 mile cool down – far less intimidating than a 17-mile long run! 

For more from Charlie Watson visit her blog therunnerbeans.com

Photo credit: Anna Jackson

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