You know how you are always told not to talk to strangers? Strangers mean danger, right? Well this week’s blog is from my buddy, Kelly. We haven’t been friends for all that long; originally I stalked her Instagram after seeing she had run the same race as me in 2016. We had a lot of similarities; did similar things; took part in the same races; went to the same locations months apart; almost went to the same conference…..it felt like the universe was pushing us together. I’d never met someone from the internet in person; I was convinced she was going to murder me….turns out, she thought the same about me! All good friendships start with the fear of murder, right? Anyways, Kelly is incredible; she has been working her butt off crushing distances and PBs. Here’s why she runs – enjoy!
1. Why did you start running?
A friend and I started doing mud runs and obstacle course races for fun – we didn’t train at all, ever. After a while we did a 5K race and then got it in our heads to train for a half marathon. I just haven’t stopped running ever since.
2. What motivates you to keep running?
Long term health and fitness. I want to be 70 and still be able to be active and moving forward, not stuck on a couch – and I know the only way to do that is to keep moving today.
3. What is your favourite distance and why?
My favorite distance to train for is 30K. Which unless you’re local in Southern Ontario and training for Around the Bay, I don’t think a lot of people train for 30K — but I like it because it’s less than a marathon but you still have to do some very long training runs. My favorite distance to race is 10K – it’s short enough that I can push my pace a little, but long enough that I have to consider that I’m still out there for an hour and try not to blow up. Every 10K race I’ve done has been an awesome experience.
4. Tell me about your most memorable race.
The 2017 Bang Olufsen Yorkville Run – which was the first time I ran a sub 30 minute 5K. It was a beautiful day, the course was great, and it felt like I was like finally receiving a reward for years of work.
5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
That even when it seems like a goal is really far away, you just have to keep working towards it. Marginal gains add up and when the conditions are right and you are ready, you can do it.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Slow Down! It took a lot of time for me to figure out different running paces. For my first year I basically had 1 pace and I would run it until I was out of breath and then walk. Figuring out how to run a bit slower has actually helped me get faster and I can run longer.
Thanks for reading, Gx