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The half-marathon coach: Becs Gentry

What’s your favorite strength exercise for runners?

A round-the-world lunge where you’re alternating through a forward, side, and reverse lunge on each leg.

How would you describe your running philosophy?

Run because you want to and run with a smile. There is nothing worse than forcing yourself to go out for a run and hating it, so if your mind is really fighting against it, don't do it. Bank it and restart the next day and you'll probably be feeling tons better.

How are you training for the London Landmarks Half-Marathon?

I will do a minimum of two speed sessions a week, one tempo run, and one long run. I am strict at keeping strength training very prevalent in my run training, so there will be at least three weight training sessions in there too.

What’s your go-to pre-race meal in London?

Usu Brothers on Westbourne Grove does the most awesome dish called Avo Don which is avocado crushed on walnut bread. It’s my perfect kind of fuel, as you can add some chicken or an egg for protein too.

Who are your running role models?

Paula Radcliffe always inspires me. She is an all-round amazing woman. Shalane Flanagan is an absolute legend, especially since her insane NYC Marathon victory. And Joan Benoit Samuelson; everything she has done from her first massive race has been incredible. All these women have grit and determination beyond anything I have ever known and completed everything with beautiful smiles.

Where was the most beautiful run you’ve ever done?

I ran the Cinque Terre region of Italy during the race.