Adam Kirk

 

Adam Kirk

Tell us your name. Adam Kirk
How and when did you first start running? I was quite involved in middle distance running (800m) at school, so since my teenage years, although I slowly let it slide over time. I’ve been back running regularly again about 3 or 4 years now.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I needed a bit of a kick up the bum! I felt I’d let my fitness deteriorate a lot and fancied getting back to something I’ve always loved. Tried a few sessions at Nidd Valley and was bowled over by how welcoming and friendly everyone was…so I signed up!
When did you join Nidd Valley? I’m now in to my 3rd full season, so probably about 3.5 years ago.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I never run with music anymore as I find it a bit of a distraction, but if I had to, I’d probably go for a collection of indie/alternative stuff from early 2000s. Maybe the Strokes first album “Is this it?”.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before – always porridge with almond milk and sometimes some fruit. After – if it’s a race on a Sunday, it’s got to be a roast, there’s nothing better!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Keep your running varied. Different places, different paces, speed sessions, stamina sessions…it stops things becoming stale and keeps it interesting. Plus, I find it has a huge impact on your overall fitness and running ability.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Completing my first marathon (Manchester) earlier this year and in under my 3 hour target time. I’d always viewed a marathon as a bit of a pipe dream, so I’m super proud to say I’ve done one now.
What are your running goals? Just to keep enjoying and improving in my running. I try not to set too many goals, I like to just see what interests me at the time and go for it!
What event are you training for at the moment? Currently, the Yorkshire marathon in October, with lots of shorter races thrown in along the way.