iSportsAnalysis are serialising “Running Sussed”, a book by ex international runner Julia Chi Taylor. In today’s chapter Julia will be talking about “Racing”. 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 17: My own achievements

My own achievements are on-going. I have been a fast runner all my life. But mainly I just love to run and I like having races to stretch me to see if I can run faster.

I ran at international level for some years; from the age of 19 – 32 and now in my 50’s I am still running quite fast and currently hoping to run for England as a ‘master’ in a X country event.

But essentially I love to run. I love to see what is possible and I like to improve myself. I have always checked out the world best times, for interest really and to see what is possible and to see how close I might get to them (not very!)

I reckon running is a solo journey that we do together – just like life really. Having others about who we are connected to means that the journey is more fun and that we can enjoy supporting and being supported along the way and sharing as we journey alongside one another.

In short – I love to run.

My record times

800m 2.11
1500m 4.26
3000m track 9.26
3000m road 9.20
5000m track 16.40
5000m road 15.51 Bath
10k road 33.29 Swansea Bay
10 miles road 55.10 Woking
½ marathon 72, 48 Bath half _ a bit short
Regular 73/74 runs
Marathon 2.36.31

How to handle injury

Acceptance is key, once you fully acknowledge that you are hurt and need to stop running – or reduce (there are injuries that can be ‘run through) then a new plan can emerge.

Get a diagnosis and advice from a sports therapist you trust

Get more than one opinion if you feel the need

As you become experienced you will know which injuries you can get better whilst still on the run…

I saw 40 different therapists over a few years when coming back from Chronic injury after the end of my international career

It is your body, you must take responsibility

Always remember that the body’s natural state is healthy and balanced

Do all the rehab exercise suggested – most of recovery is up to you.

Seek out other runners and ask them about their return from injury.

X train in the gym if possible

Aqua jogging in a pool can help with recovery and with maintaining fitness.

Visualize yourself running fast free and injury free, skull practice helps maintain fitness and speeds recovery

Always believe that you will recover

Get up one more time than you fall!

Get to know your body and work on the imbalances and areas where there is weakness

Take the time necessary to rehab fully

There is no rush

Planning for eventualities

The camel bag has little pockets too – and there are stretchy bum bags which are good for taking the essentials with you!

What are the essentials?

A phone in case of any emergency

Loo paper – same! 🙂

Shotbloks – or gels for energy replacement on the run, my favorite is ‘shotbloks’ by cliff as they feed energy slowly into the system (3 Bloks is the same as one gel)

Keys to the car or home

A light rain jacket can be squeezed into camelback pocket too which is good

Some money in case of needing a taxi!

Nb! I run with nothing but loo paper, shotbloks, water and front door key – but this is definitely a case of do as I say not as I do!

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: Soles Journey – YouTube Channel

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

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