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Meet Maxine From England!

For Global Running Day, we are celebrating runners from all over the globe! Follow the stories on our Instagram page.

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Maxine Sinda Napal is from Waltham Abbey, Essex, United Kingdom, and we asked her a few questions about running:

Why do you run?

I run for the headspace I cannot do without, for the fresh air, the scenery and the freedom from life’s routine. I started running to honor my dad’s losing battle with cancer and kept running for my son who has Down syndrome. Inspiration everywhere. Live to run, run to live.

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Describe your favorite place to run.

Lee Valley Park, five minutes from my house. There’s a great cycling path that has a good steep climb at about the four mile mark; it’s steeper on the return. The way to and fro is a great rollercoaster of a tight, hilly pathway. You can choose to run on towpath and watch the swans chilling out with their babies on the water. Talk about feeling alive!

What’s your go-to pre- or post-run meal?

Porridge on the top end and a protein drink followed by something including eggs afterwards. I also love avocado toast and pink lady apples.

What makes you a badass? 

I just finished the London Marathon (my first) after missing out on 100 miles of training due to a chest infection and pulling a calf muscle at mile 20. I power walked to the finish. I was on the course three times longer than the winner. I may be slow, but how tough am I?!

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How will you celebrate Global Running Day?

It’s a day off work and we’re taking the kiddos to a stage show, but I’ll be getting up early to get in a training run for Chicago Marathon in October. I live in England, but I can’t wait to run my second marathon at  my first home.

Read all of our Global Running Day stories from runners all over the world here.