We have selected seven enthusiastic runners to be the friendly faces of the 2019 Servus Edmonton Marathon! They will be sharing race updates and training tips to support and inspire our running community along the way. Learn more about them–meet Susan!
I’m Susan, originally from Scotland and now living in Calgary with brief stops in both Toronto and Windsor. I am running the full marathon in Edmonton for the third consecutive year and I have also run the half marathon twice.
I have completed distances from 5–100K, but the marathon is my favourite. My favourite part of the Servus Edmonton Marathon is the feeling out on the course. For the entire 42.2K people come out to encourage you (sometimes with food and someone once came with bagpipes!) The volunteers make you feel like family and you feel like a princess when the police stop traffic for you.
I am a mid- to back-of-the-pack runner and this has often made me feel like an inconvenience during other races, but not here. Edmonton truly is “The Friendly Marathon”.
Name a few of your favourite points along the Servus Edmonton Marathon course, why do they stand out to you?
I love those first few marathon kilometres into the rising sun with the gorgeous green river valley to the side. There’s another point after the second turnaround heading back east where we suddenly get a full city skyline view. Gorgeous. My other favourite bits are anywhere I can pet cats. I have a 2-year streak with that.
What fuels you – what are the top three songs on your running playlist?
Britney Spears – “Work Work”
RuPaul – “Champion”
Sia – “House on Fire”
Where could we find you outside of work?
I love getting up to the mountains or generally being outside. You definitely won’t find me in a mall… unless my husband has dragged me.
What time of day do you like to run?
Ideally, I like to run at lunch or in the evening. I am not a morning person. At all.
Of all the places you have travelled to run (outside of Edmonton), which was your favorite spot and why?
We went back to the UK (where I grew up) to run the Thames Path 100K from London to Henley a couple of years ago. Highlights include biscuits and tea at the aid stations, sheep, fog, owls, Windsor Castle, and stunning riverside scenery. It was unforgettable. I might have been using running as an excuse to travel for a few years now. I’ve run in Scotland, England, Ireland, ten American states and two Canadian provinces. It helps that my husband runs as well and we have mostly done the same races. It can be challenging running overseas especially with the jet lag, but I have found that a run is exactly what your body needs to adjust…. or maybe it just wears you out so you have to sleep?!
I ran my first marathon at age 38 but I recently read about Harriet Thompson completing a marathon at age 94. I want to be her when I grow up. If I had one piece of advice to give other adults entering the world of running it would be – It’s never too late! Do things at your own pace, run for yourself. Some days I run to get outside or to listen to music for an hour or because I want to see if the flowers have come out on the ridge yet. Find your own reasons and never compare yourself to others. Running is a thing you do for yourself.
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