Jessica Boanas


Where are you from?

I was born in Cardiff and live in Cardiff. I love having the City and Brecon Beacons on my doorstep. Best of both worlds

What has been the most memorable post you’ve seen so far in the group?

I don’t have just one memorable post as love them all! I am finding posts about longer distances quite interesting at the moment purely because that is the next step for me. Oh also the ones about cake obviously… and maybe a cheeky tipple….

What got you into running and how long have you been doing it?

I was looking for an activity to fit into my very busy life and knew someone who had just completed couch to 5k so gave it a go. I hadn’t run since school but loved the ‘me’ time. I decided after week 3 to see if I could run 5k without stopping and did it! Haven’t looked back since and that was Sept 2014. Just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to find running…

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would it be and what would be the first thing you’d do?

Batman…Always be Batman…
I would be my daughter so I could understand how to be a better mother (we aren’t perfect however hard we try) and I would give my mum the biggest cwtch.
And of course Mo Farrah and go for ‘a little run’…

If you won or inherited a million pounds what would you do with it?

I would take care of my parents and take them on holiday. I am the youngest of 5 daughters and we didn’t have much growing up and yet we never felt we went without. They taught us the value of money and what is important in life. I am not a materialistic person and would prefer presence over presents and I am trying to teach my daughter the same values. They still don’t have much and would love to treat them for a change!

Looking at long term, what do you hope to have achieved in running five years from now?

I remember saying that I would never run a HM but ran my first last year and have 4 planned for this year including GNR. I also remember saying that I would never run a marathon yet I have a charity place at VLM 2017! So who knows… I would just hope to still be enjoying it as much as I am now and of course still be an RTD member!

If man evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

Ummm…some of the monkeys when given the choice decided to stay the same?
How do we know that there isn’t a species of monkey missing that turned into us?
Q) What do you call a monkey with a banana in each ear?
A) Anything you want to it can’t hear you!

Finally, any tips for the rest of our runners?

Don’t rush it! Build up slowly and have rest days even if you feel okay. Everyone has bad runs so dust yourself off and get back out there. Don’t ignore niggles. You will never regret a run but will regret not going so if you are struggling with mojo just lace up and say you will go out for 5/10 minutes. You will more than likely stay out longer. Don’t compare yourself to others and just concentrate on your progression. Most importantly, enjoy being able to run and have fun!




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