Venetia Marriott

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On who you are…
 
A 20-something year old from South London with a love of art, style music and fitness. Cake is my weakness, family is my happiness and being active is my drug.
 
 On running…
 
I've always been an active person. I had done so much when I was younger- gymnastics, karate, long jump for my school and of course running. Once I left school it kinda fell to the wayside, I wasn't doing much to stay active so I decided to take up running again. Once or twice around the block until I started going further and further. A few years later I found myself at a pretty stressful place in life - I was in my final year of uni, had a part time job as well as interning and was a carer for my father who was terminally ill. As you could probably imagine the stress at that time was almost unbearable. Running soon became my escape from all of these things. At the time I also started running with one of the OGs in the urban running movement - Run Dem Crew in London - and have kept running since. 
 
 
On your First Run...

I remember my first solo run feeling like forever. I just wanted it to end. I was conscious of people starting at me and I hated that!
 
 On Street culture…

Street culture seems to be a melting pot of inspiration for everyone and that can be cool. It's can be fresh and genuine and the formation of tribes via the different types of culture is interesting to see emerge. Even the big brands take something from it and utilise it in a ways that work for them which is evident of how influential street culture can be and the power it has. 
 

On running culture… 
 
Running culture has changed so much especially over the last few years. The demographic, the idea of running, even down to people's reason and choice of what they wear. What has once been seen as an elite sport, with a particular image has now changed.

On gadgets…

As in running gadgets? I don't really use them to be honest! The stopwatch on my Casio is usually enough! Occasionally I use running apps when I remember or when I am running solo. But sometimes it's just nice to run on feel and if running with people just enjoy the social aspect of it.
 On injury…

Injury sucks. When you run all the time it's easy to take for granted the pounding your body takes until you get injured. I've been dealing with an annoying hip pain recently so have been trying to focus on stretching more and not neglecting cross training
 
 
On achievements…

Every run for me is an achievement. From the good, to the bad, to the painful - they are all achievements and even if I fail to see it that way, they definitely provide me with a lesson and that's what I like about running. 


On future goals…

My future running goal? To keep on running until I can't. I want to be that old lady you see shuffling through a marathon. I hope to continue inspiring my friends and family through my running and other fitness ventures.
On your social media…
 
Social media is great and has been monumental in finding like-minded individuals and connecting with them. I'm on Instagram and Twitter and love sharing updates of my fitness world as well as finding inspiration and thinking out loud

Twitter: @VenetiaNarelle

Instagram: @VenetiaNarelle

On Pink…
 
Pink? I personally prefer purple!
On Pain…


Pain is temporary!


On women’s running (why women should run)…
 
Women should run because we can! Running is for everyone but I understand why women who may want to run don't. Constantly dealing with cat-calling and people staring at you is intimidating especially if you're not that confident. For that I'd say try and find a running bud. Running company is always good.

#RunRevolution


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