Welcome back to another London ETC! Today the star of the show is Tashi Skervin – runner, blogger, PT in training, and all round wonderful human. She was one of the first people I ever followed on Instagram and I have absolutely loved following her journey. To have her star in this week’s London ETC has made my day! She talks to me all about her favourite areas of London, what healthy means to her, and how she plans to slay 2017. Enjoy!
What is your favourite space to train in and why? This can be an outdoor or indoor space – or both!
Barry’s Bootcamp. I always get a good workout when I go to Barry’s, the instructors are really motivating and they always find a way to make you feel challenged.
What is a typical training session for you like?
A typical session for me usually includes running followed by weight lifting or a weighted circuit. I love to run and I usually do that around 4 times a week.
Do you have a particular area of London or a route which always gets you out of the door whether to run or walk?
I absolutely love Hyde Park. I think it’s so beautiful. If I’m ever nearby I’ll go for a walk and just see where my feet take me.
In a world that’s becoming more and more health conscious, what does the word ‘healthy’ mean to you?
To me, being healthy means to feel good about yourself on the inside.
In 2016 you ran your first half marathon! Can you tell me a little more about the whole experience and your emotions after?
Oh my goodness! It was such an emotional rollercoaster! I had an injury so I didn’t run as well as I’d hoped but I loved every moment of it. Having a crowd to cheer me on also made me feel so special…like an athlete!
How is your race calendar for 2017 shaping up?
I’ve got Berlin half booked in April and I will be doing Amsterdam again in October. I’m also trying to get a few 10km races in too. 10km is a great distance because it doesn’t require too much effort or training.
Which one restaurant or café (or any food place) would you recommend to someone visiting London for the first time and why?
I’d love to say somewhere that no one has heard about but I think my favourite is probably Hakkasan. They do the best cocktails and the food is absolutely delicious! They often have deals on book a table, so keep an eye out.
Can you tell me a little about what motivates you to train that little bit harder and sweat that little bit more?
At the moment I’ve got my wedding and honeymoon coming up so that right now, the thought of being sat on a beach in the Maldives is motivating me to sweat a little bit more and eat a bit better. But usually I think it’s just the constant hunger that I have to be better than I was yesterday: I always want to run faster.
As hectic as London is, I think it is one of the best places to take a breath and relax. Do you have a hidden gem, a secret hidey-hole, or a space which you absolutely love where you can relax and recover?
My home! It’s my favourite place to escape from the city. We live in zone 3 (which is like a foreign country to most Londoners) and we are surrounded by the suburbs. I work in central London so it’s nice to be able to escape from it all.
With London ETC I want the ETC part to go beyond this city. Is there anywhere else (and this can be anywhere in the world) where you love to be? What is it about this place that makes you smile when you think of it?
Ubud, Bali. It’s where I got engaged last year and it’s the most magical place on earth. It has everything; fresh fruit, nice food, good weather and the people there have such a beautiful attitude to life. I love it.
Tashi, I loved having you as part of my LondonETC series and thanks so much for answering my questions! Next week’s LondonETC is going to be hitting Rosh ETC on Monday and it’ll be starring the one and only Tameka Small!
Image is courtesy of Tashi Skervin