Me!Me!Me! Footprint of a Runner

Sally Hale

Sally Hale, age 35, Works as CRO (Conversion Rate Optimisation) Analyst at Boots
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Tell us a bit about your childhood?

I wasn’t massively into sports except for playing hockey at secondary school and didn’t really start running until my late twenties when we moved to Nottingham.

Has your career gone to plan?

I was lucky to have landed a role in E-commerce once I left university and have stayed in similar roles since. I now work as an Optimisation Analyst at Boots.

What new skills did you learn in the Covid Lockdowns ?

I did manage to learn the highly valuable skill of juggling!

What was the worst thing for you personally about the Lockdowns?

The lockdown was pretty hard as my Dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in July 2020 and died in March 2021. I miss him a lot. He came to my first marathon at Coniston and then to my first London Marathon too. He hated crowds and I’m not sure if I thanked him enough.

What is your favourite meal?

My partner makes THE BEST risotto!

Stiff drink or herbal tea?

Stiff drink probably, it’s often the most refreshing after a good race!

Some stats – PBs

Marathon – 3:30. Half marathon – 1:43. 10k – 45mins. 5k – 21.19mins

Where is your favourite place in the World?

I love home and the Peak District.

Other interests?

I started doing outdoor swimming a few years ago when my sister moved down to Devon and really need to make time to go on more swims.

I love reading – anything from murder mysteries, to around the world boat races (my current read) and even books on behavioural economics (work related!). I absolutely love receiving book recommendations and keep a list of those I want to read so all and any are welcome!

Tell us about your favourite local training route?

Having recently moved to Crich, I’ve been enjoying loops around Lea and Holloway, as well as all the routes on the Thursday night runs. In particular a route around Stanton Moor being able to stay off-road for the most of it with some great views.

What is your most treasured possession?

Not a possession as such but Gus our dog! He loves to come out on runs too to keep me company.

What has been your most rewarding running challenge?

More recently I have been trying out longer distances from 50 to 100k. With longer distances, I seem to put less pressure on myself as I just enjoy being outside for a longer amount of time. I tend to fall over quite a lot though and didn’t help myself by falling 5k into the 100k!

I also ran the Old Crown Round this year involving some navigation in poor visibility. For me, it was a tough race! I do have to thank Amy Jones for arranging the recce and for her encouragement with a side of “what are we doing?!”.

What has been your best encounter?

I went on a trail run led by Fernanda Maciel (a North Face & Red Bull athlete) at a mountain festival in the Dolomites. That was pretty epic – she had some brilliant stories and is such a strong runner.

Who/what has been your biggest influence/inspiration?

Joining the club has been a big influence on my running – from adding more variety in the races I do, to hearing/reading about others’ adventures and challenges.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Have more confidence.

Latest music download?

Still in an old music bubble, I’ve been listening to a lot of John Frusciante recently – it’s pretty chill and helps me focus.

Favourite film? TV? Book?

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Don’t worry so much.

Tell us something about you which may surprise us?

I lived in Lyon, France for a year as part of my university course (although please don’t ask me to speak any French now!).

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club?

I’ve loved it so far so more of the same. Being part of the club has been amazing for getting out of my comfort zone by taking part in fell races and shorter speedier races such as Cross Country.
Lottie’s track sessions have been great and Karl’s navigation/map skills sessions that were put on earlier this year were really useful for newcomers/improving forgotten skills.