MOR - Carly Watson

Carly Watson

Tell us something unusual (non running) about you:

I've required the services of the fire brigade, police, ambulance service and mountain rescue, all on separate occasions.

Number of marathons?


Job or occupation?

Work Coach in a Jobcentre, but now I'm begrudgingly homeschooling my son!

What was your first marathon and what do you remember about it?

Rutland 2017. I had a hip injury and had absolutely no support from my immediate family so training had not gone to plan. Still I was determined to make it round, so I ran until I couldn't run any more then limped the rest of the way. At the end I felt so proud that I had achieved the seemingly impossible and realised I was stronger than I ever thought.

Who or what inspires you?

There are so many incredible runners in the club that inspire me, but my biggest inspiration has to be Kat McVicar.

What is your go to running snack before, during, after a run?

I'm very much in the 'winging it' camp. Pre-race fuel is usually chocolate based, while running I eat whatever I can find at the aid station and afterwards I love a Big Mac. What is your passion outside running? I love CrossFit and weightlifting.

What piece of running kit would you most recommend?

A Garmin. My 235 has seen better days but it still does everything I need it to. Running highlight (so far!): Getting a PB at my first international marathon in PoznaƄ, or the stunning scenery at Marathon Hebrides.

Strangest race experience?

Probably giving CPR to someone who had a cardiac arrest nine miles into an ultra. Luckily he is still with us. Ever lost a toe nail and other running injuries? I've lost many toenails. I have 'dodgy hips', and have had tendinitis in various places.

Where do you think you will run your 100th / Did you run it? And why?

I'd like to run it at an SVN event in Northampton as that's most convenient for friends and family to attend. It was meant to be on 25th May I'll have to find a new date once all this has blown over!