iSportsAnalysis are serialising “Running Sussed”, a book by ex international runner Julia Chi Taylor. In today’s chapter Julia will be talking about “The Right Support”. Thank you Julia Chi for sharing your wisdom and insights.

It is a book to open people to the ‘how to run” aspect – or “how to become a runner“ and yes, definitely those who haven’t run much and a interested to follow a path of least resistance

But – it also has a philosophical aspect that means that people who have run for years can get something from it – some deeper insight or connection to themselves through the art of running.


Julia has been running all of her life, it has informed how she has chosen to live from a very young age and has been the bedrock of her ‘practice’ both physical and spiritual – in fact it has become her spiritual practice through the mirror of seeing herself reflected back in her running endeavours.

Julia achieved her first international vest at the age of 19 and went on to run at international level for the next 13 years.

Her most notable achievements were winning the Dublin City Marathon, being placed 7th woman in the London Marathon (3rd British) in a time of 2.36.31 and competing in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1986.

Chapter 8: The Right Support

It will help to get a good team around you, starting with your family or friends being aware of your needs and you feeling confident to express them; this in itself might be a stretch particularly if you are someone who has always considered the needs of others and maybe not have tuned into your own.

Research the best sports therapists, word of mouth is usually the best criteria to follow. Finding others to run with can help keep you motivated on the days you don’t feel so much like it. If you prefer one to one then finding a running buddy will help, there are websites and twitter of course that can help you find the right level of runner.

Joining a running club can give you the support too, other runners who have started as beginners and runners who might have been running all their lives. The more different conversations about running you have, the more your understanding will expand.

Remember to go from the perspective of not making anyone your authority, you are learning to be the authority on your own running programme, learn from those that their words resonate and you see the effects in your own life.

Finding someone you trust to guide you, a coach can be of real value, but it is essential that you find someone who will coach you as a person rather than just give you a running programme. The programme must be integral to you as a person and reflect all facets of you as a person and your lifestyle and it is vital that it considers each day anew, is continually reviewed and adjusted and takes into account all eventualities and other stresses and events that are occurring….

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor

About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor


Julia is an ex international distance runner.
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.

She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!

Read about her barefoot adventures:
Watch Julia chart her barefoot journey all over the world:

Julia’s Books:
Girlfriend For A Year
Running To Learn
Running Sussed

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