Debbie Dilasser

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Debbie Dilasser

 
Tell us your name. Debbie Dilasser (or DD!)
How and when did you first start running? I hated running at school, was always last at Cross Country, and never considered myself sporty. As an adult I experimented with different ways of keeping fit – military style fitness, aerobics, gym memberships etc, and even though I could barely run a mile I discovered I kind of enjoyed it. But I was only really playing at being a runner. The catalyst was the sudden death of my wonderful Dad who passed away suddenly. Running quickly became the outlet I needed to deal with my grief and before I knew it I was pounding the streets knocking out 12/13 mile runs without even thinking about it. Running is now part of the fabric of my life and I can’t imagine life without it.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I was actually a member of ‘the other’ Harrogate running club, but the friendly and supportive nature displayed by the black and gold vests at local races enticed me to defect and I’ve never looked back.
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2014.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t listen to music when running as it affects my pace. If I hear Kenny Logins ‘Footloose’ I suddenly think I’m capable of belting out 7 minute miles (I’m not!) So I prefer podcasts, but usually I run in a social group so there’s plenty of good conversation instead.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Peanut butter – on anything. And it has to be crunchy!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? The foam roller is your friend.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Running the big 26.2 at Chester Marathon in 2015.
What are your running goals? Short-term to bring my 5k time down, and long term to stay injury free and enjoy running for many more years to come.
What event are you training for at the moment? A faster 5k.