An interview with our very own mysterious to many BUCS 10,000m SILVER MEDALLIST Luke Caldwell after his 9th placing in the British championships this weekend in a crazy time of 29:01…
What got you into running?
For reasons unknown to anyone, I volunteered to make up numbers in school XC race when I was about 14. Did alright and its slowly taken over my life from there
Why do you enjoy running?
I like the ‘more linear than normal life’ relationship between effort put in and results out. Also the running community is amazing. Almost everyone is incredibly nice
What is your favourite athletics event and why?
5000m? Its long enough to build into it and a story to develop but not so long that you have to avoid looking at lap counter
Talk us through a typical week of training.
I normally run somewhere around 90 miles a week. Thats made up mainly of easy runs with a track session on Tuesday, some fastish strides on a Thursday and another session on Saturday that could be track, tempo or occasionally hills. Mandatory long run on a Sunday
Do you have a special diet?
No. Just try to eat a well balanced diet
What was your build up to the BUCS 10,000m championships like?
I had to have some time off this winter so I started from quite a low point fitness wise at the beginning of the year. But since then, things have gone fairly smoothly.
Did you have any expectations coming into the race?
This is my first race in many months so didn’t have many expectations. Was just hoping I’d get to halfway feeling ok and then see what happens. I’d like to go for a Commonwealth Games qualifying time later on in the season and this was kind of about proving to myself that that goal isn’t completely unrealistic
Talk us through the race itself.
I have a history of going out too hard in 10ks and blowing up so given the disrupted winter I was hoping to run a sensible race to hit about 29 mins. I was fortunate to settle into a good group going about that pace and so got through the first 6-7k feeling alright despite windy conditions. The amazing thing about Highgate is how many people you know who are there, everyones shouts made it a lot easier.
What have you got planned next?
Its all a bit up in the air at the moment but will probably do a 5k next
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us Luke and hopefully we can all learn a lot from how simple you make it sound to run stupidly fast!