Living the simpElle life: Bethan

Welcome Back. Welcome October. 

This fortnightly mini series – Living the simpElle life – is where I talk to someone who has been empowered to change.

I heard a great phrase last year –

“The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms”

 – so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and I hope that is what their story will do for the rest of us…

Meet: Bethan Taylor 

I met Bethan through the group Team Naturally, Run. A group of like minded women who enjoy running as well as appreciating the finer arts of eating, a glass of two of wine (more so gin, I have seen!) and socialising. I then met Bethan in person recently at the Brixton 10km in August and since at the lululemon run club. 

…here’s Bethan’s story…

– {THEN} – 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? …What were your plans / goals?

Bethan: I’m the type of person who needs a project. In spring 2013 I found myself in need of a hobby and flirted with the idea of all sorts of activities, but the one I kept coming back to was running! Which was strange because I had always written running off as just not me! In the end I went with it, and I loved it!

As soon as I decided I would give running a chance I signed up for a race and told everyone I knew what I was up to – public accountability can be a great motivator!

– {HOW} – 

Elle: What’s your favourite way to workout?

Bethan: For a long time running was the only training I would do. These days I mix running with yoga, indoor cycling and the odd class in an effort to be a little more rounded! However, running is still the number one love!

Elle: What’s your typical weekly exercise schedule? 

Bethan: Typically I train five or six days a week, mixing three to four runs with a session of yoga and some cross training. I have a really busy life, so I tend to be flexible about my exercise schedule and try to be creative about how I fit it in around all my other commitments – this could mean getting up early, run commuting or dropping the odd session here and there.

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Bethan: Over the last few years a lot of my friends have taken up running and it has been inspiring to see them become runners, recover from injuries and fall in love with their trainers. When I decided to give running a go they were the ones who cheered me on, ran the last meters at my side in my first race and have been excited each time I’ve taken on a new challenge. It’s hard not to be inspired when you are surrounded by so much enthusiasm!

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Bethan: I remember coming in from my first run/walk and feeling so proud of myself for going out and trying something that scared me. That feeling inspired me to keep pushing myself to see what I could do – which has really boosted my confidence! 

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Bethan: Training has made me more aware of the food I eat – I know if I don’t eat enough, or if I fill my body with rubbish, I won’ t be doing myself any favours when it comes to training. These days I aim to eat well, limit processed foods and not beat myself up for the odd treat!

 – {NOW} – 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Bethan: My blog helps me to keep track of my progress. It is a space where I can reflect on my training and races, look at what works and what doesn’t work and hold myself accountable to my goals – there is nothing like hitting publish when it comes to commitment!

I also use Garmin Connect to keep a track of my stats, but I don’t want to be wedded to them, so I don’t place that much emphasis on numbers day to day.

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Bethan: I’ve definitely become more ambitious! When I started I figured I would run the odd 10k, but the more I trained the more I realised what I might be capable of if I let go of fear. I am now looking forward to my first marathon in Paris next April!

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Bethan: I am always setting myself new goals – run 10k, run 10k faster, run a half marathon, run a marathon. I focus on what I want to achieve and how each training session will contribute – and how I will feel when I reach my goal!

I also try and keep things interesting – running gets boring if you run the same route to the same soundtrack, day in, day out. I am always researching new routes, hunting out buddies to run with, and using my runs as a a way to explore my city.

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the “before” you…or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle…what would you say?!

Bethan: Just be brave and do it! Yes it will be hard, but with the right support you can do it and it will make you feel great! You can do so much more than you would ever think possible – and the more you prove to yourself you can do, the more you can do (and that advice was pinched from the wonderful Sophie Radcliffe – http://www.challengesophie.com)

…so what d’ya think?! 

If you’d like to leave Bethan a comment below please do! You can also check out her blog – A Pretty Place To Play – Twitter and Instagram!

If you would like to share your own story please get in touch with me: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life 😉 

Elle 🙂 



  1. lou lives well
    October 20, 2014 / 07:16

    Brill interview! Feeling inspired! 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      October 20, 2014 / 08:48

      amazing Lou! If you ever wanna inspire others with your story then just get in touch with me! Elle 🙂 x

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