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Miles or Kilometres? | We Chat To The Running Channel’s Resident Physio, Manni Ovola

BY: Mary Johnson
02 May 2021

Next in the Miles or KMs hot seat is our resident Physiotherapist and Running Coach, Manni Ovola!

Do you measure in miles or kms?

I use both because they tend to work differently depending what I’m training for and how hard I’m working. I do like measuring in miles though, for some reason I find it easier!

Do you listen to music or podcasts when you’re running? If so, what might we find on your playlist?

I listen to predominantly Afrobeats, especially when I’m doing a speed session. I love the track “Soco” by Starry Wizkid! If I’m on a long run I like to listen to the Rich Roll or Marathon Marcus podcast.

Do you measure your runs in time or distance?

I measure runs in time, this allows me to plan my days slightly better.

Do you prefer tights or shorts? Or shorts over tights for the blokes?

I really like running in tights at the moment. If I’m doing a speed session I prefer shorts no matter the weather, there’s something really invigorating about running in freezing temperature in just shorts. Makes you feel refreshed.

What are the key recovery techniques you use?

I have some really interesting infrared tights which are great for recovery. I also love to sleep for hours! The food is the key for me, ensuring a varied nutrient dense diet is so important. I really think it’s the missing link in most runners routines.

What are you training for currently? 

My main goal is to run London 2021 in 2:40 or below, to build up to that I will be running faster over shorter distances. So working on 5k – half marathon speed. I have been lax recently but now to get to work!

How have you motivated yourself this past year with the various lockdowns, etc?

I try and keep structure and routine. It’s all about the simple things, I have a treat for myself after runs and set goals each week. I make some target paces and try to meet them, I also know consistency is essential. So I just try and tick off every run. Live hour to hour, day to day!

Who is inspiring you at the moment?

Joshua Cheptegai is incredible, I’m always inspired by Kipchoge and Bekele. I think the way they deal with adversity is essential!

What’s your best running memory?

I ran through Chicago on my Birthday in 2019 and two childhood friends came to see what all the hardwork came to. They both don’t run but were impressed with what they saw. I felt like we shared something. It was the power of running in action.

If you weren’t able to run anymore, but could participate in any other activity. What would it be and why?

I would get into olympic lifting, I really enjoy exercise and the technical skills needed for olympic lifting are things I enjoy. The intricate manoeuvres and specific balance required are exciting for me.



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