RRAC Interview: Ryan Brockerville

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Over the next few months, we will be featuring Q & As with our sponsored RRAC (Running  Room Athletic Club) athletes . Today, meet Ryan Brockerville!

Name: Ryan Brockerville

Years of competing: 15+ years nationally and provincially

Biggest accomplishments to date: four-time Canadian National team member for the 3000m steeplechase competing at two International University Sports Federation Games and two Francophone Games.

Occupation: Elementary school teacher

Do you have a favourite race?
St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Stanley Park, Vancouver

What are your favourite pre-race and post-race meals?
Penne Chicken Alfredo (pre) and burger and beer (post).

Tell us something not many people know about you.
I am a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Who in the sport today do you look up to?
Reid Coolsaet, because I admire what he has done (on and off-road) to continue to establish himself as one of the top marathoners in the world.

If you could have anything running-related named after you , what would it be? It would be cool to have a Strava segment named after me, perhaps one of my favourite trails in my hometown of Marystown, Nfld.

What do you to compliment your training?
I am very good at listening to my body when I need a break or an extra day of recovery; I have been very fortunate to stay healthy and I credit myself for being pro-active and taking extra time when necessary to recover.

Could you recommend a running-related book or media that you have found influential?
I love the movie, Rush based on the story of the sprinter Jesse Owens and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

Race morning routine?
I usually wake up 3.5 hours prior to race start time and eat oatmeal, a banana, yogurt, and toast. Then I rest for a bit, drink some coffee, have a small snack followed by 20 minutes of warm up, drills, strides, and stretching before the race.

Do you ever take on an alter ego persona during a race/close to the finish when you need a boost of motivation?
A number of my close running friends have nick-named me  “Gary” with no thanks to myself for always cheering, “c’mon gare” when my friends or competitors are in a race. The name itself stemmed from a trending YouTube video following the life of Gary the goat #greatformgary

 

 

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