We have selected 10 enthusiastic runners to be the friendly faces of the 2018 Servus Edmonton Marathon. They’ll be sharing race updates and training tips to support and inspire our running community along the way. Learn more about them–meet Susan!
How many years have you been running?
I am an adult onset runner!
Why do you run?
I started running to lose weight and gain physical fitness but as time as passed I realized I was running primarily for my mental health. Long or hard runs take up my complete focus, shifting stress and moving me into a better place in my head. It’s moving meditation
What is your favourite distance to run and why? Marathon for sure. It’s long enough to take me apart, beat me down, then lift me back up higher. I love the hard work involved in training and no matter how it goes I always want to do more of them.
How would you describe your running playlist? Eclectic! I enjoy electronic, dance, top 40, Sia, a bit of Katy Perry, REM, 80’s. Recently I added Strauss – Blue Danube. I change it up as much as I can.
What advice would you give someone who is training for a race for the first time?
Enjoy the journey. You’re doing something wonderful, every step you take is a win. Don’t get caught up on times and what everyone else is doing. Do you!
What other forms of fitness do you enjoy?
Zumba, kickboxing, strength training (enjoy being relative there, it’s mostly ‘hurty’), kayaking, hiking.
Why should people run the Servus Edmonton Marathon?
Running Edmonton is like coming home no matter where you’re from. The course support is fantastic and every single person from other runners to passing felines to volunteers and police stopping traffic will keep you motivated and happy.
What is your favourite route to run in Edmonton?
I love running around the top of the river valley. It’s flat and you still get those beautiful views. Being surrounded by trees and parks is perfect. The air is so fresh!
Where is the coolest place you have ever run?
I ran my first marathon in Kaua’i. You only do your first marathon once so I chose an interesting place I would never forget. It was 30 degrees and we had several torrential downpours. I lost half my toenails and we’re not going to talk about the chafing. I didn’t even notice any of that I was enjoying it all so much. Running in paradise!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Just one? British chocolate! I always bring too much of it back after a trip to Scotland.
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