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Edinburgh 2016 Runner’s Profile: Megan Lawn

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Megan Lawn

Specialist in Blood Transfusion & reluctant runner!


I hate running. I’ve always hated running and I don’t consider myself a ‘runner’. So why do I do it? Well, it started when I decided to join the army when I was 40, in what can only be described as a fit of optimistic madness. I started running to improve my fitness levels and managed to get through basic training.
Fast forward 5 years – I had stopped running, gained a couple of stone and was not happy.

Running & Medical History

I have a medical condition called POTS, which is made worse by inactivity, so I needed to get back to a basic level of fitness and start running again. I started by going for short runs, following a run/walk programme where I started off running for 2 minutes then walking for 1 minute. It went well but when I started to increase my distances I began to get a pain in my big toe, probably the result of an old injury.

I went to see Ian at the clinic. I had gait analysis, insoles as well as invaluable running advice. Then I signed up for a 10 mile obstacle race called Judgement Day with the rest of the gang and was committed to the training. I managed to complete 2 of these races before spraining my ankle on a dog walk which put a temporary stop to my training.

Again Ian’s help was fantastic. As well as taping my ankle up he gave me lots of rehabilitation exercises to do, which bring us on to this year, when I signed up for the Edinburgh Half Marathon.


I started training in January, following Ian’s training programme but then I was ill and unable to train. This left me starting my training with 10 weeks to go before the race. I downloaded a 10 week half marathon training programme and I have managed to stick to it so far and I am confident I will finish the race, after all, I never said I was going to do it quickly…..

Megan’s Top Tips

  • Try to persuade someone to go with you on you training runs, it really helps
  • Plan your run so you are more likely to do it – I find if I put my running kit on in the morning straight away I am more likely to go. If I plan to run in the afternoon it doesn’t always happen.
  • Sign up for a race – it gives you something to aim for
  • Just get out there – if I am having trouble motivating myself to do a long run I tell myself I am only concentrating on the distance not the time. Once I am out I usually find that my timings aren’t as bad as I think they are going to be.