Tax Consultant Victoria Lawson gives us a little insight into her active lifestyle outside of work.
Outside of work I spend a lot of my time running. I also do a little cycling and swimming as I venture into the world of triathlon.
I was reasonably ok at running when I was in school and my PE teachers always encouraged me to join a running club but, that didn’t happen. Fast forward (a lot of years) and I knew I needed to do something other than sit all day in an office and sit all evening at home, so I started running again.
Since then, I have taken part in several races including the Great Cumbrian Run, The Carlisle Half, London Marathon and Edinburgh Marathon, to name but a few.
2019 is shaping up to be my biggest running year yet. I completed the London Marathon, achieving a personal best of 3:15:40 and also the full Lakesman Triathlon in 12:58:40.
How does your active lifestyle help you in your role?
My training programme for London was pretty intense, especially coupled with training for Lakesman at the same time. Fitting in four runs a week, two swims and as much cycling as possible, either outside or on the turbo trainer in the garage, has not been easy. However, my time management skills have improved, so that’s a bonus. As the nights get lighter, it is easier to fit everything in but up to now there has had to be the odd lunchtime run and some very early starts.
Running gives me time to clear my head and to think any work projects through. Fresh air and exercise are so important to mental health and I would encourage anyone to get off the sofa and get out there. It doesn’t matter how slow you think you are, you’re always going to be faster than the person sitting watching TV.