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 Nadim!
How many years have you been running?
Just over 5 years. I started running in January of 2013. This morning, I probably should stop telling people that I’m new to running.
What is your favourite distance to run and why?
Can I say 40m? That’s probably not the answer you’re looking for. I ran in an alley street race and it was awesome! I don’t know if I have a favourite distance, but it’d probably be somewhere between 5k and 21.1k. Perhaps it’s a 1/4 marathon. Do those exist?
Why do you run?
This feels like a loaded question. I started running because a friend convinced me to do an obstacle course race. It seemed like the closest thing to a challenge on Survivor (it is my dream to be on that show) so I agreed to it. Since then, running has evolved for me and my “why” covers a few different things. I run so I don’t have to worry about what I eat. That’s not to say I don’t eat healthy, but when I want to eat a cookie or a donut (and that’s often), I have no guilt. More importantly, I run to connect with others. I use it as an opportunity to bring people together while doing something good for ourselves.
How would you describe your running playlist?
I’m not one to plug in the earphones when I’m running. For the most part, I love immersing myself and listening to my surroundings. It’s easy to do when you’re making your way through our river valley. If I have to do training on the treadmill, I like to watch tv shows that will keep me distracted for the entire run. It’s usually some type of documentary series that I’ll watch.
Why should people run the Servus Edmonton Marathon?
I don’t know if I can create a reason for you to run the Servus Edmonton Marathon. After all, motivation is an internal thing. My reason for running is to commit myself to a structured training plan. It’s really the journey of going through the training that’s important to me. Race day is all about celebrating that journey and enjoying the party. I’ve cheered at this race for 5 years and I’m excited to see that from a different perspective this year.
Where is the coolest place you have ever run?
It gets pretty cool up in Edmonton. I’ve run in -43 in Winnipeg before too. You’re probably thinking about most interesting place I’ve run. It’d be a tie between the Lincoln Memorial in DC and the streets of Amsterdam.
What advice would you give someone who is training for a race for the first time?
If I had to narrow it down, it would be to be disciplined with your training (nutrition included) and trust in your plan. The hard work happens before the race, and the victory lap happens when you get to the start line.
What other forms of fitness do you enjoy?
I’m all over the map when it comes to forms of fitness. It’s important to maintain a balance. So, balance out your fitness so you have some form of cross-training in there. Do more yoga so you’re taking care of your body. And I’m a huge fan of recovery.
What is your favourite route to run in Edmonton?
This is a biased answer, but my favourite route is running the stairs at Commonwealth Stadium with November Project Canada. If that doesn’t count, then getting lost in the river valley is my favourite route. I don’t have a specific route, but it has everything you could possibly need to train.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Finally an easy question! Cookies!
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