Meet the Members – Patricia Curistan

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Q1. When and why did you first take up running?

I have always been a keen runner and before I joined Mallusk Harriers I was a wee loner as I used to call myself and ran always on my own.

Q2. What running-related achievement are you most proud of and why?

I would have to say Carlingford 2019. It was the first time that I felted that I could achieve my goal if I put my mind to it and push myself out of my comfort zone and of course I could not have done it with out my pace master Mr Ken McAuley. I never had dreamt that I would every get under the 1 hour 40mins for a half marathon never mind to my to my surprise I completed this course in 1 hour 38mins.

Q.3 What is your favourite race and why?

London 2019 of course. After 2018 disaster in London, injuring myself during the race and missing my flight home as I was so long in the medical tent, I wanted to go back to London and give it another go as it had always been one of the races that I always wanted and wished I could do. I was so lucky enough to get a good for age place for 2019. I trained really well and smart for this race as I wanted to enjoy it this time. My first half I was going well I felt strong and then I had a wee word with myself and said Patricia just slow it down a bit and enjoy, so I stopped looking at my watch and took everything in the atmosphere is amazing. However, to my shock at the 23 mile marker I was on for a PB. I finished in 3 hours 35 mins.

Q4. After we get through these uncertain times, what is your next big running goal?

London 2021 hopefully. But my next big goal and dream is trying to run the New York Marathon.

Q5. What is your favourite workout and why?

It would have to been the 10 @ 10 on Sunday mornings which I really miss. I enjoyed running with other people chatting away along the Mallusk hills which we all love dearly and hiding our water and jellies in random places as to which sometimes they got nicked.

Q6. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while running?

I would just say that the only embarrassing thing for me is my running photos they are always awful.

Q7. When and why did you join Mallusk Harriers?

I joined in 2015. As I said above I have been running on my own for many years. Since being made redundant from the airline industry 2013 and also the fact that my husband and
daughter were getting fed up coming to races with me, I found myself at the start line of races and looking around and seeing all these different club members chatting and laughing and then there was me the wee loner with no one waiting at the finishing line for me. So It was after I ran the Titanic Quarter 10k and seeing loads of Mallusk Harriers that I decided to
give it ago and join a club. After chickening out twice and running pass the playfields, I plucked up the courage and went to a Tuesday session. And here I am still a member so can only tell you one thing I really enjoyed it and have never looked back since.

Q8. What have you learned most about yourself since you started running?

Since joining Mallusk Harrier I have learned to believe in myself and to trust my training and I will achieve.

Q9. Outside of running, what is your favourite activity or hobby?

I am a bore running is my favourite hobby. I used to love spin classes however the teacher who I liked doesn’t do it anymore.

Q10. Name one club member that inspires you and why?

Hard question as each member has inspired me in different ways. All the coaches have been fantastic with excellent advice and encouragement during training sessions and when preparing for races and on race days. From joining the club I have gained a lot of friends / running buddies who all have helped me gain confidence in myself and have also passed on their advice and their experiences to me which I greatly appreciated as I am slowly but surely coming out of my comfort zone and pushing myself.

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