GUEST BLOG #12 – Why do you run?


If you live on Vancouver Island, you are likely to know Carlos from the Capital City Run Crew (and if you don’t know him, then you absolutely should!). This guy is a machine when it comes to running, even when I ran as fast as I possibly could, Carlos left me for dust…. without even breaking a sweat.

Check out the Capital City Run Crew – they are such a friendly bunch

Facebook: @CapitalCityRunCrew

Strava: Capital City Run Crew

Instagram: @CapitalCityRunCrew


1. Why did you start running?

I started running around 2015.  I started my running journey because I wanted to improve my cardio.  I had been taking a kickboxing class and my teacher came to me and said that it was not fair for the other students who were my partners during the class to not be able to participate in the class because I could not catch my breath.  He indicated that a solution for this would be to either start running, cycling or swimming in order to improve my cardio.  Running was the clear choice since the chances of dying are the lowest.  I found a group about 1 year into my running journey.  I was always a lone wolf runner and then I joined a run clinic and I realized that running in a group was the best way to do it.

2. What motivates you to keep running?

Besides the health benefits of keeping active, location.  Living in Victoria, BC gives us the opportunity to run along some beautiful routes throughout Vancouver Island.

3. What is your favourite distance and why?

My favourite distance is 17km, I know it’s a weird distance, but 21km is a little too much and 10km isn’t enough.  I find that I can personally keep a solid pace for 17km but after that, I start to run slower kms.

4. Tell me about your most memorable race.

One of the most memorable races was the Valentine 5k race at Bear Mountain a few years ago.  It was one of the first races I completed with my girlfriend when we first started dating.  There was no need to train or take the race seriously.  We did it talking and laughing together as we took in the beautiful views at Bear Mountain Resort.

5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?

One thing that I have learned from training for the races is that you can push yourself further than you think.  Learning to run fast takes time, take your time and start slow.  Speed will come over time.

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don’t diet, eat what you love.  Do what you love and running will take care of itself.


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Happy running,



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