'Hungover cure A full-fat can of Coke and a bar of chocolate': Under the microscope with Sophie Raworth

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23:46 GMT, 30 April 2012

The BBC newscaster, 43, on marathon-training, why she won't have plastic surgery and how she got over her fear of flying

'Running is a great way to burn off the calories - I ran the London Marathon this year,' said Sophie Raworth

'Running is a great way to burn off the calories – I ran the London Marathon this year,' said Sophie Raworth

EVER DIETED

I’ve never really dieted as such, though I went on a pretty strict regime and started doing exercises to get back in shape after the birth of my second child (I have three now).

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

A skinny latte first thing in the morning, and I drink a lot of tea — three or four cups a day.

HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT

Running is a great way to burn off the calories — I ran the London Marathon this year.

HOW DID THE TRAINING GO

I’ve been running four times a week for the past 16 weeks. Sometimes I’ve had to walk down the stairs sideways because my muscles have been so sore.

WAS IT YOUR FIRST MARATHON

I did one last year and collapsed just a few miles from finishing — I blacked out and woke up with a temperature of 106 degrees. I’d just over-heated as it was a warm day. It was frightening at the time. I had to be given oxygen and had ice packs applied to my body — but I did manage to finish the race.

DO YOU POP ANY PILLS

I’ve always been rubbish at taking vitamin pills. The only time I’ve ever taken them was when I was pregnant and had a multivitamin pill each day.

GET YOUR FIVE A DAY

Yes, probably more than that. Since training for the marathon I’ve had a mad craving for carrots and hummus.

WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY

I’ve never even thought about it, and have never felt any pressure to have it, despite appearing in front of the camera. I’d be far too worried about something going wrong. Besides, my mother is just about to turn 70 and still looks very good, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll age as well.

HANGOVER CURE

A full-fat can of Coke and a bar of chocolate. It’s certainly worked for me in the past, not that I’ve had enough to drink to warrant such a remedy for a long time.

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Young woman eating chocolate

Hangover cure 'A full-fat can of Coke and a bar of chocolate. It's certainly worked for me in the past,' said Sophie

SLEEP WELL

I’m
usually so tired by the end of the day that I’ll go out like a log and
get seven to eight hours of sleep. I didn’t much like having to get up
at 3.30am when I was presenting the BBC’s Breakfast TV show some years
ago, but even then I never really had trouble sleeping.

BIGGEST PHOBIA

I used to be absolutely terrifying of flying — but I’m much less frightened now because I’m usually with my children and just don’t have time to think about it.

LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER

Only if my family and friends could live for ever with me. It would be very lonely otherwise.

Sophie Raworth ran the London Marathon to raise money for the St John Ambulance.

To support her, visit justgiving.com/runraworthrun