Sir James Dyson

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      Inventor of the Dyson
      vacuum cleaner
      62, Wiltshire, England
      Interview by
      nAncy AveRett
      Photograph by

      Running focuses my
      mind and allows me to think
      around a subject. I still need a
      workshop to make discoveries,
      but I might think of a new
      avenue to explore on a run.

      My life is a bit peripatetic
      and running is my antidote to
      sedentary plane flights and
      business meetings. I get out
      when I can—a few times a
      week—except when I’m on
      holiday. Then I run every day.

      I like to go hard and get
      it over with rather than run
      a long way at a slower speed.
      I feel that four or five miles
      at a time is enough for me.

      As a teenager racing
      cross-country, I became a fan                 I’d like to think my vacuums are built like runners.
      of Herb Elliott [1960 Austra-                  They’re lean and have real power in a small size.
      lian 1500-meter gold medalist]
      and his coach, Percy Cerutty,      I ran a half-marathon in            if I’d stopped and stomped my    want to give up. Success is
      who advocated training on          Bath, 15 years ago or so. I did     foot, they would have stopped,   often just around the corner.
      sand dunes. So I would sneak       it in 1:40. The last three miles    but I wasn’t keen to try it.
      out at night and run the dunes.    were rather painful—or pain-                                         I reckon I’ve got 20 years
                                         less, as I couldn’t feel my legs.   Bad weather doesn’t              left in me. My heart and lungs
      As I’ve faced bankruptcy                                               bother me at all. I’ll get out   are healthy. As long as the
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      and other setbacks in my           I never run on a treadmill.         there with no socks and light    limbs keep working, I’ll go on
      career, I’ve recognized the        The whole fun of running is to      shoes and a cut-off shirt.       running as long as I can.
      same fearful unease I had          explore a city or countryside.
      when someone was behind me                                             What I’ve learned from
                                                                                                                      For the full interview
      in a race, trying to catch up.     A small herd of cows                running is that the time to              and more photos, see
      While unpleasant, this fear has    chased me once, and I had to        push hard is when you’re       
      motivated me to go faster.         run hard to get away. I’m sure      hurting like crazy and you               imarunner.

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