Store manager David

Conversational Pace: David Plumer

In our latest Meet the Team piece we catch up with Running Works store manager David. 

David has worked in running retail for 15 years. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and also in running biomechanics. He shares our over-arching passion for building a running community and is a well traveled runner.

Store manager David
Store manager David 

Why did you start running? 

From a young age my father was keen to instill the importance of being fit and active. He took me out for my first ‘run’ when I was eight years old and I have been hooked ever since. I still visit the area of Richmond Park, The Isabella Plantation, where we went on our first run together. I would recommend it, it is stunning!

What distances have you raced over and do you have a favourite?

I’ve raced just about every distance at some stage or another. I don’t really have a preferred distance although the fact that I have almost 200 parkruns under my belt would suggest I like the odd 5k. I would say I like the less mainstream, quirkier events.

My favourite race (if you can call it that) was called The Cheese Run 10k in a small town in New Zealand called Tokoroa. I was working in the cheese factory there whilst travelling. Every year the workers compete in the race together and follow it by eating a load of cheese. That was a good day.

If you could go back in time to when you started running and give yourself advice, what would it be?

A few things. Firstly I would definitely tell myself that if you aren’t enjoying running there is something wrong. In my opinion a run should be energising and not leave you feeling like you need to go to bed for a week! I would also tell myself that running is subjective and there are no right or wrongs.

What has been your biggest achievement in running?

From a personal point of view, completing San Francisco Iron Man is up there. When I get to 200 parkruns that will be special, but I think the thing I am most proud of is the people I have been able to help over the years! I have worked in specialist running for almost 16 years and take as much enjoyment now doing a gait analysis as I did back when I started.

There is nothing better than talking to someone who is about to begin their own love affair with running. If I am able to contribute to their journey even in the smallest way that makes me happy.

David meets Paralympic legend David Weir
David meets Paralympic legend David Weir

What has been the best / strangest thing you’ve ever discovered in a race goody bag?

The best was a Kit Kat Chunky that was entirely chocolate and no wafer at last year’s Fairlop Half Marathon! The strangest was an “I Love Chester” key ring from a 10k race I ran a couple of years ago.

What are your favourite running shoes and why?

Best shoe ever for me was a Saucony Grid Triumph 4, circa 2009. As a forefoot striker I always struggle to find something cushioned enough with the right level of flexibility and it was hands down the best shoe I have ever ran in. I am currently running in the Nike Zoom Elite, which is also a really good shoe.

And your favourite item of kit?

My Nike Flash Jacket; comfortable, functional and really sexy!

Do you use any mental techniques to get yourself through a tough race or training session?

For longer sessions I just continually tell myself not to die! In all seriousness, I have a pretty natural ability to be clear of any real thoughts when I am running. That is one of the reasons I love it so much, I am not thinking about anything else other than the next step.

What are your future goals or bucket list races?

In terms of goals, I would like to get to 500 parkruns before I am 50. Races on my bucket list are: Marathon des Sables, Zurich Ironman and I would love to have a crack at Lands End to John O’Groats.

If you’d like to ask David a question about the shop, training or absolutely anything running related post in the comments section and we’ll get his answer for you!

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