Ellie Goulding: "I Love Supporting Strong Women"
The fitness enthusiast caught up with MTV before Nike’s We Run London 10km…
“I couldn’t not come today, because this is such a big thing to me; I love supporting strong women,” says Ellie Goulding, when MTV congratulates her on making it to Nike’s We Run London Women’s 10km, despite having woken up with some serious lurgy.
While the ‘Love Me Like You Do’ singer wasn’t deemed well enough to participate in the run, she took on the role of head cheerleader, setting off the 10,000 women and girls who owned Victoria Park on Sunday morning – including Team MTV.
Before we sweated it out for our personal bests, we grabbed Ellie’s top tips for running success, from prep to playlists.
"I've been working with Nike for some time, but it's only in the last couple of years that we've picked up the pace, and I've really been getting involved. I initially started running because I thought, 'God I really need to start getting into something,' and I wasn't a particularly active kid. I liked a bit of cross country and that was it. When I first started I would just go out running in my local town and eventually it just became an everyday thing for me. Nowadays I'm better with short bursts, like sprints, and more body conditioning."
"Rehearsals take a lot of energy, and performing is a very physical thing for me; I'm never one to just stand there. I purposely wear things that I can move around in, and it's not about the way that I look or what people want to see, it's more a practical thing. I like to be able to move and keeping active off stage helps me do it on stage."
[Grabs iPhone] "What is on my running playlist? I’ve got all kinds of songs, because the thing is I love dance and electronic music, but on the flip side I love metal. Royal Blood, their stuff is quite powerful for running to. It’s got to be either angry or really, really fun, like some dancehall."
"Becoming vegetarian is really one of the best decisions I've ever made. Today isn't a great example, but since I stopped eating meat I've felt so healthy, had so much energy, and haven't had any kinds of problems that you might think you would with digestion or anything. I know it's hard for meat lovers to think about giving it up forever, but even just to not eat meat for a couple of days a week, the difference to the environment is huge. I could talk all day about this."
"I did a race in Paris earlier this year and I felt like I put a lot of pressure on myself. Usually I like to start off quite relaxed and get a nice pace going, and it's towards the end that I think, 'Well I'm nearly finished, I might as well give it everything I've got.' With the Royal Parks half marathon last year, my trainer and I only found out about it the day before, and just signed up. I like to keep it quite chill, because both performing and writing are draining in different ways, so I think it's really important to remember to enjoy your run and have fun."
"If I had been running today and finished the race, I would have felt amazing, regardless of whether I got a good time or not. I would have actually had to go straight to rehearsals, but I would have also eaten A LOT. Right now I can't actually eat anything, even though I feel so hungry - it's the worst!"