When and why did you start running?
I started running in high school when my friend dragged me out for a run and at 16, I entered my first road race and I was hooked on running. However, once university started, I ran out of time so I took a break. I gained around 15-20 lbs and I was unhappy with myself and once again, another friend of mine dragged me out and I haven’t looked back since.
What is your favorite race and race distance?
I like half marathons. Something about training for a half is relaxing. Those long Sunday runs where you get to have 2 hours to yourself is just bliss. I haven’t found a “favourite” race yet as I’m not too big of the race terrain in Toronto (almost twisted my ankle running over streetcar tracks during last year’s half!)
What is your race day routine?
Wake up before my alarm super peppy, brush my teeth, devour peanut nut butter, and start pacing around the house. After the race, I usually go for brunch because I totally deserve bacon after a long hard race.
What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
My Garmin! I would be so lost without it (literally and figuratively!) I love how there’s a “take me home” option for if I get lost and I love knowing my stats and numbers so having a Garmin really helps me analyze my runs afterward.
Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
Not really. I’m a firm believer of eat what you want in moderation. If I want gelato then I’m getting gelato!
What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
Stopping sucks. If you stop training for a year or so and you come back, it is quite a hit to yourself as you can no longer do the same distances and pace.
What is your fondest running memory?
I would say my first 5k was a fond memory. It was when I was around 16 and I trained hills with the school cross country team so when the road race had hills in them, I flew past a ton of runners and ended up pacing 2ndin my age group (this however hasn't happened in a while… I really should get back to those hills!)
What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
Not a lot of people know how much pain I’m usually in. I have shin splints and I also have an issue that has yet to be diagnosed (working on that currently with my doctor) where sometimes I experience a stabbing pain and I literally have to double over. I usually try to run through this and this is actually the first time I’ve spoken about this online to anyone. I have yet to share this with my coach or friends so you folks here are the first to know!
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