My running/ fitness experience is fairly new but here goes...
Q: Please attach a picture, doesn't have to be of you if you don't want - but tell us here: what is the picture about?
A: The pic is me during the Toronto HM (sorry about the watermark), probably the high point so far for me, all things considered.
Q: Tell us a little bit about you!
A: My name is Roger and I am a self-employed graphic designer living in Ontario, Canada. I’ve been married for just over 18 years and have two children aged 11 and 14.
Q: How long have you been a runner?
A: I started last year right about this time. Never really did much before that. Since last year I’ve done a couple of 5k runs, a couple of 10k runs and the Toronto HM. I also joined a weekly long run group called the North York Run Ninjas :).
Q: Did you start running with a C25K programme? Why or why not?
A: I started only with the C25k app on my own and upon completion I was poking around Google and stumbled upon this lovely group and have been hooked ever since.
Q: But what made you want to start running races?
A: Inspiration from some of the stories here and I have a friend who is a triathlete that provided additional motivation. Mostly though, I turned 50 this year and knew I needed a plan to get fit based on my family’s heart and stroke history. Suddenly things felt like they needed to get done. Poor man’s mid-life crisis maybe too
Q: What's it like to run in your area?
A: It’s nice, nothing fancy. Most runs are through a cemetery (I know) or down the hydro corridor (exciting, right?!) But the run group I joined travels across the city so I’ve gotten a lot out of that.
Q: What is your favourite race event so far? And why?
A: Definitely the Toronto HM. It was the culmination of all the work done this year and it fell together really nicely on the day. Plus I ran into and then ran with a friend from the Sat run group which made it more enjoyable.
Q: What are your favourite mid-race snack, and post-race meal?
A: For the HM, someone gave me a maple gel, just maple syrup and sea salt...soo good. But normally I don’t snack while running any more. I just bring some water for anything over 10k. Cliff nut butter bars too sometimes afterwards. After a long run I enjoy a good burger or steak and maybe a cold beer
Q: Name a favourite running website (plus link, please!):
A: its not really a running site but I look up most of my local races from this site: runguides.com/toronto/runs. Plus of course Healthunlocked
Q: What's next for you, running-wise?
A: I am currently working towards another HM in October, the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon