1. Name
Paul Fallon
2. When did you first start running?
Seriously only about 12 months ago.  I’ve always played a team sport and had a natural level of fitness, but that was all burst and repetitive effort rather than distance.  I wanted to do two things though, really push myself and also meet like-minded people in the community.  Very happy to say I’ve managed both and made some fantastic friends along the way!

3. What is the best part of running for you?
The freedom of getting out in the open air, either alone with my thoughts on the trails or meeting up with others who encourage and push me.
4. Do you run with a watch, phone or naked?
Always with my Garmin Forerunner 235. Love it!
5. What can’t you run without?
Listening to music to pump me up and give me energy prior to getting out of the car of a morning.
6. What is your most memorable run?
Two runs come to mind.  Definitely the 20km at Wonderland this year.  Halls Gap and the Grampians are one of my favourite places in Australia and loved every minute of running the trails there – the climb, the rock, the mud and water and of course the magic scenery!!  Also the 1864-løbet in Denmark. A 10.6km run that I did 2 years ago now in Sonderborg that ran through a castle, a fort and a windmill and had soldiers in heritage costume fire blanks at you!!

7.Have you ever run in a costume?
Not as yet but not against it….
8. What brand of shoes do you run in?
Was a New Balance man, but earlier this year switched to Asics Kayanos and there is no looking back.
9. Have you ever been injured?
Touchwood not since I’ve been running…. but still have a pin in my wrist from football days
10. Do you prefer running in Hot or cold weather?
For events definitely cold, but love running in the evening during summer when it’s nice and warm.
11. Do you prefer running in the Morning or at night?
Primarily a morning runner, but like the previous question, love to get out of an evening during daylight savings.
12. What is your running motivation? 
Love a challenge and being pushed, getting out of that comfort zone.  Also to be fit, healthy and a great example for my young kids!
13. Race I’d like to forget:
Not forget, but really disappointed with my first half at Run Melbourne this year.  Hit a wall at 16km and walked 3 times after that. A fail in my books until I can run the entire way without stopping.  Admittedly there were reasons…. did stay in the city with Nicola and Ben the night before, have a number of drinks throughout the afternoon and evening and spend 3 hours on our feet at a concert before not being able to sleep once back at the hotel and running on maybe 2 hours sleep.  Live and learn, but did have an awesome night that night which I wouldn’t take back!!! 🙂

14. Favorite post run food:
I’m in agreeance with Matt, pizza and a beer.
15. Do you prefer running along the Flat or hills?
Hills any day.  I’ve worked out I’m more a power runner than an endurance runner and find I can really push up the hills and then recover or let the legs go on the way back down.
16. Do you prefer to run alone or with a partner or group (BawBawRunners):
Always preferred running with a partner or the BBR’s group to share the experience, but I am starting to enjoy getting out on my own as well, especially on the trails.
17. What’s the next event on your running calendar?
Have ticked off 5 events so far this year and need to find at least one more to target prior to the end of the year.
18. What’s your running dream?
My running journey is still in its infancy and as yet I don’t know what I can achieve or is possible, but most important of all is that I continue to enjoy and look to focus more on trail running and see if I can move up to a Two Bays 28km type distance in the next year or 2.

 

19. Do you have any Pre-race routines? (night before or morning of):
Other than ensuring I have all options of running gear planned and ready… I recommend getting more than 2 hours sleep!
20. What is your typical night before the big run meal?
Varies, but will eat a nice pasta dish either the night before or 2 nights prior.
21. What’s the farthest you’ve ever run at one time?
21.2km at Run Melbourne.  Next time I WILL do it without stopping!