"I follow Casey Neistat's "Without a goal, you cannot score" Set goals and try to beat yourself - don't compare to others."
I'm Matthew Bodkin, a 27 year old male Accountant from Yorkshire in the North of England, currently living in London. I have been running for 2 1/2 years. I run because it has physical, mental and social benefits and has helped me to develop as an individual. I'm physically in better shape, mentally stronger with a better outlook on life and a more sociable person. Running has helped me to connect with many people from many different backgrounds.
//// Why did you start running - what was your motivation?
I signed up for a marathon before I'd ever been for a run. I wanted to commit to something and really push myself to do something completely unknown to me.
//// Do you remember your first race? How was your feeling when you finished?
It was the Great Yorkshire 10km in 2015. I set off way too quick as the adrenaline kicked in and really struggled in the second half. I loved the feeling of crossing the line with crowds of strangers cheering for each and every runner.
//// What is the one run you'll never forget, and why?
Manchester Marathon 2017. Everything just went to plan and it was the perfect day. It's not my PB but I had the most fun in perfect weather alongside the friendliest of runners and spectators. I recommend this marathon to anyone.
//// Why are you a 361° ambassador? What motivates you to go beyond expectations?
I try to push myself as well as helping others along the way. I get involved with all aspects of running, whether it's racing, training, pacing, cheering or volunteering. I have already surpassed all my expectations and constantly try to improve at all distances. I am motivated by the drive of others as well as the results I've already seen by myself - I want to know how far I can go.