|Photo here and below by Karen Harland.|
Career-profession? I was employed as a Legal Executive in the legal profession.
When did you begin running and why? I started running in 1955. The local harriers club was advertising for new members in the local press. As I had enjoyed running at school and in the army, I felt I should give it try. That was the beginning of my journey.
How much are you currently training? About 40 to 50 miles a week.
Best races and/or greatest achievements? As a senior athlete, I won medals in the 880 yards and one-mile events in the county championships. I also represented the county in the inter-county cross-country championships.
As a veteran/master athlete, I have won several gold medals inchampionship events. I’d say my highlight was winning the European Indoor M60 1500-meters.
[See here for many more stats on Ian Barnes's long and distinguished running career.]
About how many miles have you run? About 90,000 miles, I think.
Any particular cross-training? My training is mainly on tracks and on the roads. Before each training session, I do some mobility exercises. Playing golf twice a week is good for the back.
Does it bother you that you are getting slower with age? I have come to terms with the fact that I can no longer run as fast as younger ones. But as a master athlete, you find a niche in the 5 year age bands whereby you can race for records or championships medals.
Any dietary or weight changes? My weight is consistent. I have a normal diet without supplements.
Injuries or health issues? I have no major health issues.
A favorite motivational quote? “No pain, no gain. The harder you train, the luckier you get.”
Advice for other hopeful lifetime runners?
1--Stick to a training plan, and remember their are peaks and troughs.
2--Defer any plans to run a marathon until you have fully tested your potential over the shorter distances.
3--Avoid illness and maintain well being.
How has running improved your life? Running has certainly delayed the aging process. I try to avoid long breaks, but also to be patient.