Introducing David Hindley, a new global brand ambassador for IAMRUNBOX.
Dr David Hindley is a 41-year-old senior lecturer from Nottingham. An academic specialising in the sociology of sport, David considers himself fortunate to be able to combine work with his passion for running, which he discovered just over six years ago, when some work colleagues entered a team into a ‘Grand Prix’ series of local runs and found that they were a member short.
David “grudgingly” agreed to fill the spot, and after doing some training, found that he enjoyed the community feel of the events, didn’t perform as bad as he had expected, and in his own words, he has been hooked ever since!
A self-confessed “middle-of-the-pack runner” David still considers himself to be a relative novice when it comes to running, but he has completed a catalogue of rural and urban runs, eleven marathons and two ultra-marathons to date, and with another ultra on the horizon, his list of Personal Bests is set to grow.
To ensure his training doesn’t encroach on family time with his wife and daughter, David run commutes to work every day, covering an average of 40 – 50 miles each week. When we asked why he run commutes he said, “I’m a devout run commuter. I find the headspace it creates invaluable in decluttering my chattering mind”.
The monumental benefits of running
David has a deep understanding of the mental and physical benefits of running. He told us, “Some people run to deliberately lose weight or for fitness reasons, and these are certainly part of the reckoning, although for me it is more about my attempts to combat middle-age belly bulge and being able to eat cake without feelings of guilt. Running is a comparatively inexpensive activity, without the constraints of opening hours, turnstiles or obdurate receptionists; it is relatively flexible (at any time and in any weather) and which provides the individual a sense of escapism. I love the simplicity and freedom of running. It offers an antidote to a largely sedentary desk job or the routineness of our home lives, as well as providing personal challenges and future goals.”