Alison Walker is a U.K. based Malaysian ultra runner who started running ultras in 2019.
Alison holds several fastest Malaysian ultra times and has most recently the first person to complete the Smog Graham Round.
Over lockdown, she had also completed 4 other FKTs from 18 miles to 120km.
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Who is Alison
Growing up in Malaysia and going to school in Singapore
Not being into sports or exercise when she was younger
moving over to the UK to attend university
Getting into running for the first time
How her running increased
2015 moving to East London
Running with a group called - Run Fast
Starting with a running coach in late 2018
Being coached by Peter McHugh
Recovering from an ankle injury
Book - Running Up That Hill: The highs and lows of going that bit further - By Vassos Alexander
Wanting to qualify for the 153-mile Spartathlon Race
Wanting to run 100 miles in under 22 hrs
The importance of finding the right coach for you
Running 100 miles and the importance of breaking down the challenge
Being a fan of loop courses and repetition
Starting to think more about kit and starting to invest in better quality gear
The mental side of running ultras
Not running with music
What a typical week looks like in training
Not having a rest day…
Listening to her body
Needing a McDonalds after a race!
Sleeping, massage and stretching
What the Smog Graham Round in London is
Starting at her flat in London
The challenges of navigation
The wildlife in London - cows & horses!
Starting off at 5am
The biggest challenge on the Smog Graham Round
Doing Fastest Known Times (FKTs)
The challenges of arranging the logistics of FKTs
The plan for running the Spartathlon Race
Final words of advice for women who want to get into ultra running
Blog - runandcake.wordpress.com
Instagram - @_alisonwalker_
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