I’ve mentioned before that I love doing these guest blogs because, well, in a nut shell, I am nosey. I love finding out how other people got into running, and what motivates them to get out there time and time again to crush their goals. Not just that, but I like discovering more about them – stuff that you may miss from a social media post etc. Let me introduce you to Saskia, who is this week’s guest blogger. She is a runner and has a fabulous collection of photos on her Instagram page which you should definitely check out. The discovery I made recently about Saskia is we live both live in Victoria, BC! I love how social media opens up the entire world to you, but it’s also brilliant when you come across someone that is close to home; who knows, I may have even run past her at some point.
1. Why did you start running?
I was never a runner. I played a ton of sports and was always very active but since I have exercise-induced asthma, I struggled to enjoy running. For the love of trying new things and challenging myself, I decided I was going to sign up for my first triathlon, which included a 5km run, so I needed to start running. Before this, I had never run 5km.
2. What motivates you to keep running?
I am motivated to keep running because it has always been a challenge for me. Since starting with running, I struggled with iliotibial band (IT band) issues which can be excruciating, and made it difficult to find my stride. I have had some recent success with my running by keeping my runs, no matter how long or short, to intervals. Then I started trail running – so much fun! I love running among the trees – with every step different from the last.
I run to see new places, for health, for the challenge, for goals, for the love of moving my body, for time with friends, for time alone, and for a way of life.
3. What is your favourite distance and why?
It is tricky to know my favourite distance…on pavement I guess maybe around 10km. On trails….forever!
4. Tell me about your most memorable race.
My most memorable race was my first triathlon. That felt like an Ironman at the time. I was so excited that I completed swim-bike-run, and that I did a 5km run! It was the beginning of a new way of movement for me, and a wonderful day with family and friends there to support me.
5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
I learned that anything is possible. Your body is so capable. It’s about controlling your mind.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Do what you love. Of course we should all exercise for our health, but make sure you find movement that inspires you, that brings a smile to your face. Love what you do!
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