Street Athlete: Sophie Levett
If you follow Sophie AKA @BePrettyFit on Twitter, you’ll know this girl is always active. Fitness is well and truly a part of her lifestyle – which is just the way we here at Spikes like it. A shining example of how to incorporate fitness into your life in fun and different ways, her blog is packed full of inspiration and activity. Naturally, she has Street Athlete status. We caught up with her to get her take on an active life.
- What’s your sport?
I love being active in general and love lifting weights, but my main sport is definitely running.
- How did you get into it?
I started running at a very low period in my life – I didn’t have a comfortable relationship with food and actually looked to running to try and lose weight. The more I ran the happier it made me and I started to love everything about running. The more into it I got the more I learnt about feeding my body and getting stronger; how I looked became irrelevant compared to how I felt and now I would describe running as both my hobby and my healer.
- What’s been your best moment in your sport so far?
The Berlin half marathon 2012! It was the best race I’ve ever had; I felt strong and comfortable and it encapsulated everything I love about running. I went my my running crew, Run Dem Crew, and have amazing memories of hanging out with them and meeting up with other running crews from all over the world.
- What motivates you?
Trying to the best that I can be. I wasted a lot of time comparing myself to other people but now I’d rather be a first rate version of myself than a second rate version of someone else. I try and remember that every day!
- How do you push yourself when you don’t want to train?
I focus on my long term goal and how this particular training session will help me to achieve it. Focusing on my end goal will usually motivate me to get out the door! If it fails, I focus on those post-session endorphins and remind myself how good I’ll feel afterwards!
- What’s your favourite motivational quote?
Pain is temporary; Victory is forever (often repeated over and over in my head in a tough race!)
- What events do you have lined up for this year?
I’m running the Amsterdam half marathon in October and the Beachy Head cross country marathon a week after that – October is busy! I’m racing an Athletics Club 5k next week too. I’m hoping to enter a summer 10k too as I’d love a new PB! Lots of variety, distance wise.
- What role does fitness play in your life?
Fitness plays a huge part in my life. I love it and am always trying to squeeze in a session whenever I can! As I said above, running is my hobby and my healer – it keeps me happy and sane and I can’t imagine my life without it.
- Do you draw inspiration from any other types of sport?
Always! It doesn’t matter what sport they do, seeing someone giving it their all is always inspiring. I used to be a gymnast and love watching the trampolining as I used to practice it. Gymnasts have such a beautiful combination of strength and skill, it is incredible to watch. I also love watching tennis because I am totally rubbish at it and seeing it played at its best is incredible.
- What’s your top training tip?
Perseverance. Some sessions will be good and some will be not so good, but keep at it and it’s inevitable that you’ll improve.
- What do you do in your down time?
I love cooking and go to the cinema a couple of nights a week. I also recently got into climbing, so you’d probably find me down at the wall.