After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I love it. It's something I've always enjoyed doing even before I received any accolades. It's freeing.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I have a few tricks; try to plan to meet someone to run, join in on a local group run, run with my debit card and get some errands done and tell myself to at least do 20 minutes. And if those don't work I have a rule I implement sometimes that seems to work. It's 5 at 5 (5 miles at 5 pm) and if I procrastinate it's going to be 6 at 6 pm, etc. Nothing is more motivating than the threat of having to run extra because I'm being lazy.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I run 7 days a week and double 5 to 6 of those days. I average anywhere from 80 to 100 miles a week depending on what I'm training for. So that's 320 to 400 miles a month roughly in 48 to 52 runs. Is that math right?
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I've had several strange encounters while running from random drunks, police chases and rednecks in pickup trucks try to run me over. Some of the funniest runs have been with different training partners who get me laughing so hard with random banter that I can hardly breathe.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
In marathons I use eload or Nuun in my bottles. eload makes an excellent pure carb powder that I love. It's all gut friendly and travels well.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Beer, burgers and chocolate.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
No one likes ice baths, but they are a necessary evil. You actually get used to it after a while and I love how they help recovery.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Have fun with it and know that it's not the end of the world if you have to move, modify, or skip a run/workout. Life happens. Running is supposed to add something great to your life, not stress you out and detract from it.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Oh that's tough. Winning a medal at the Pan Am games on home soil was pretty awesome but setting the Canadian marathon record at home was also amazing. Both in very different ways.
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