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“Hello, I’m Lloyd.  I’m looking forward to the pain that I have been subjecting everyone else to.”

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Lloyd Schmidt is the founder of Run Waterloo and ENDURrun. 

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Lloyd I have been running for over 40 years.  I try to combine a variety of road and trail, hills and flats, long and short, time trials, point to point courses, multi-loop courses.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 motivations? 

You know those days when you feel like crap and your legs are heavy and you slog through every step of the run?  And you know those days when everything feels perfect and easy and it feels like you can run forever? That’s my motivation and goal.

 

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?

Normally I provide the advice, so I would say that my source is me.

 

What exposure did you have to previous ENDURruns?

Been involved since inception to varying degrees.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

To see if I get bib 79 to match the bib in my profile picture from 1979.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

I’m nervous about being chased by a bear, but that’s a different story.

 

After so many years, why have you decided to compete this year?

I’m in it to win it.  Based on skill alone, I wouldn’t stand a chance.  But I think this year is my best opportunity to win.  Since I’m still recovering from cancer surgery, I think everyone will feel sorry for me and let me win.

 

What is your advice to other participants?

If you let me win, don’t make it look too obvious.

 

What is your biggest advantage to win The ENDURrun?

I designed all the courses so I know all the shortcuts.

 

What else would you like to share?

I like to share my vegetables, mostly because I don’t like vegetables.

 

Look for us to follow up with Lloyd about what the Habs have been doing in the offseason to improve over last year’s disaster.

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“Hi Everyone, I’m really excited to be back, again, to my favorite event of the year! I look forward to seeing all of you out there!”

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Bill is an annual fixture at ENDURrun, having run 700 kilometres over the past 7 years, including 3 Ultimate finishes when work and life fall into place. Great to have you back!

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Bill: Umm all my life, 21 marathons, generally run 43 miles a week, I run on a treadmill as I like to control my conditions.

 

How is your training going? Good routine, or new plan this year?

Really good.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Stronger if I have the time to complete all stages (sigh: work!).

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Run harder, do better, push to a faster time than ever before and more importantly run with some of my heroes and (maybe keep pace with one or two of them) :-0

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing everyone again, especially the Schmidt family!

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

The starting line.

 

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

I run 6 days a week, 5 of those days is 6 miles a day, day 6 is where the long run happens and I haven’t done more than a half this year… I will get there.

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Just believe, you can do it!

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

It’s as tough as you think it will be, this is all about mental toughness.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The people — the single most amazing people all around.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

We’re all equal, no one knows who you are, it’s what you do on the course that makes you, and that doesn’t mean who finishes first, or last, it’s how you are on the course, your heart. It’s fellow runners that just don’t know what the word quit is. Others encouraging you along the way.

 

Look for us to follow up with Bill in August on whether he met his training goals and got the full 160k!

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It took for Dorothy Skonieczka to move to Singapore to finally get to the ENDURrun start line! Welcome!

 

“Greetings! I am so incredibly excited and nervous about what race week is going to look like but I am very much looking forward to the experience and will hopefully come out with some great memories and a greater appreciation of what my mind and body are capable of :)”

 

ENDURrun: How did you find out about ENDURrun?

Dorothy: (Years ago) I was signing up for the 10km Waterloo Classic and I ended up looking at the other races in the area and read about this one and thought to myself, nope! Lol.

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

The fact that I find the idea of doing this scary and intimidating. It will definitely challenge me mentally and physically in a completely new way.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories?

My main motivation for doing this is the fact that when I originally read about it back when I first got into running, I thought there was no way I would ever be able to complete it. I eventually built up the courage and registered back in 2016 but had to withdraw after being told I had a stress fracture in my foot sometime in early May. I then moved out of the country in 2017 and had assumed it would be a while before I tried again. I was then invited to a wedding in Canada in August 2018 and out of curiosity looked up the dates for the ENDURrun and it turned out, the wedding and the race overlapped so I took the opportunity and signed up! (And yes, I am going to my friends’ wedding the night before the marathon!)

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

I’ll be following a training program from the Unbreakable Runner book (which I realize may make some runners cringe…) I’ve used it for other races in the past and it’s worked for me but I realize that this is a very unique race so we shall see what happens. Additionally, my partner has signed up for Stage 3, which really is the best support possible since we’ll both be going through the process of training together.

 

What are you still hoping to learn by August?

How to survive the week 😉

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Finishing 😀

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Not finishing one of the stages within the time cap or having a bit of an emotional breakdown during one of the stages if it’s really not going well.

 

This is going to be wild. Look for us to follow up with Dorothy as to how she’s feeling during Stage 7 (post-wedding), and for her post-ENDURrun perspective on the week!

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Steve Mahood (Honey) is an ENDURrun alumnus from 2014 and 2015. We’re thrilled to have him back in 2018!!

 

“I am so excited to be back at the ENDURrun for 2018”

 

ENDURrun: How is your training going? 

Honey: New plan this year. Working to get fit.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Will be slower but just as much fun.

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

Train on hills up and down. And don’t forget to work on your speed.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

The greatest running week of your life!

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The challenge, the family.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

Looking to prove to myself that I can still run hard.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing the Schmidt family and the other racers.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

It’s the one race I don’t get nervous for.

 

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

Both Una and I run ski hills here in Ottawa to simulate Chicopee. We have a good Bechtel-type cross country course here we use as well.

 

What is your runner profile? How long have you been running, general mileage, surfaces, etc.

I have been running for 12 years after I quit smoking after 30 years

 

What else would you like to share?

This will be a fantastic week of running hard and enjoying everyone’s company.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The fact that it is so original in the concept.

 

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2?

Training while your wife recovers from cancer.

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We are excited to finally welcome Colleen Sweeney back for the full week once again!

 

What is your runner profile? 

I have been running since 1989. Mostly roads but have tinkered with some trail running. I was always a mid-pack runner but have found myself drifting towards the back of the pack as I get older. My goal is to keep running as long as I live!

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

When I finished the 2015 Ultimate (with the slowest time in the field) I immediately knew that I wanted to do it again off better training. I planned to do 2016 and 2017 but was unable to due to injuries in 2016 and time off due to illness in 2017. Now it is 3 years later and my motivation is to prove to myself that I can make my 56 year old body do this thing and do it better than I did in 2015. I guess it is sort of my way of saying F you to middle age!

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

The people, the food, the incredible volunteers, the effort, the fun!

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Chicopee!

 

Can you share any details of your training?

Will be adding in trail runs twice a week later in the spring and back to back long runs most weekends along with hiking. I am trying to carve out time to be consistent with strength training as well. Squats, deadlifts and plyometrics.

 

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around?

Put more miles on my legs (including non-running miles – hiking) and work on downhill running.

 

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion?

I think different will be knowing what is coming at me each day. Not sure if that is a good thing!

 

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion?

That downhill repeats are more important than uphill!

 

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion?

Elated!

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The opportunity to challenge myself along with the incredible feeling of camaraderie that comes with being part of this event.

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Here’s Jack, who has run ENDURrun a few times. 

 

“Hello, my name is Jack, and I’m addicted to running.”

 

What is your runner profile? 

I have been running since 1996, when I did my first 5K and sprint triathlon. In 2004 I ran my first 50K, and fell in love with ultras. I completed 117 ultras between 2004 and 2016. 2014 was my best year of running. During that year I won the Ontario Ultra Series, and completed a 100-mile run on the Friday-Saturday before starting the ENDURrun on the Sunday. I run on a mixture of pavement and trails, and try to include hills in my routes.

 

How is your training going?

Trying something new this year.

 

How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

Hopefully it will be better than last year.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 goals?

To improve on last year’s times, and hopefully get back under 14 hours.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Seeing a healthy Lloyd Schmidt running a stage or part of a stage. [Lloyd ran 5k last week!]

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

The 3 longest stages.

 

Can you share any details of your training? 

My focus since developing OTS has been on shorter distances. I don’t have any simulations planned, although that might change. My weekly mileage is currently 80-85 km. I hope to get that up in the months to come.

 

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years?

You can push yourself everyday if you utilize good recovery techniques, like ice baths, and lots of sleep.

 

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect?

A unique experience that they will always cherish.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The community.

 

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

The people and the food 🙂

 

What else would you like to share?

I love trail running.

 

Look for us to follow up with Jack in August on how he’s dealing with the longer stages.

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Today we introduce Anne, new to ENDURrun and fundraising for a great charity at the same time.

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Anne: Running is an extremely versatile passion of mine that positively contributes to every aspect of my life. I love how running promotes a healthy immune system, how it can be exciting or peaceful, provides great social experiences, or allows for meditation alone. Running provides me with opportunities to continually challenge myself, to share with and help others, and to experience new events and places. I am so grateful for everything the running community has given to me and I am passionate about helping others experience the many positive benefits of running. I enjoy being an encouraging and enthusiastic leader of the full marathon and half marathon Running Works clinic and I am so happy and proud to see the clinic participants progress and achieve their individual goals. I also greatly appreciate the invaluable guidance and support I receive from the community of knowledgeable and experienced runners.

I’ve been running for 12 years; mostly roads – recently more trails; typical mileage without ENDURrun of 60k to 80k/week.

 

How did you find out about ENDURrun?

I have run other Run Waterloo races in the past. 

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

(1) Good training experiences for long distances over the past couple years gave me confidence that this would be a great year to do ENDURrun; and (2) the ability to raise awareness and funds for Guelph Wellington Women-in-Crisis as part of the Charity of Choice program.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I am honoured to be a 2018 ENDURrun participant and to be part of the Charity of Choice program to raise awareness and funds for Guelph-Wellington Women-in-Crisis and the women’s shelter. The gratitude I feel for the support of the running community motivates me to train everyday and try my best to give back as much as I receive. I am motivated by the results I see from incorporating the advice of other runners into my training program – and sharing this success with them too.

You can learn more about Anne’s campaign (and donate) here.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Having a nap each afternoon. 🙂

Seriously, I am most looking forward to the challenge and how much I can learn from the other participants.  

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Adapting well to the August humidity

 

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

My training plan includes: (i) steadily increasing mileage each week through July; cross-training with cycling, rowing, Victors Bootcamp, yoga; (ii) training runs on the ENDURrun course; (iii) back-to-backs each week (10k,40k,20k); (iv) 50k in June; (v) several marathon ‘races’ as training runs.  

 

What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources?

Friends from Guelph Victors who have completed ENDURrun have been terrific at providing me with advice based upon their past experience.  

 

What are you still hoping to learn by August?

I would appreciate any and all advice to deal with the humidity – avoiding heat exhaustion is very important to me.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

“one tough runner”

 

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2?

My training plan over the next few months includes: (i) running my first ultra in June, (ii) attempting to improve my BQ marathon time in May, (iii) helping my run clinic group achieve their personal goals with several half and full marathons over the next three months. I hope to update everyone on the progress from these and other training races (MEC series, Goodlife, etc.) as I go.

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There are many runners and many races, but only a few contenders for the title of One Tough Runner.

This spring we are profiling the 2018 ENDURrun Ultimate Contenders with Q&As in this blog.

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Today we catch up with Maria, who after a one-year hiatus is back for her second ENDURrun this August!

ENDURrun: Hi Maria!

Maria: Hello, Endurfamily! I’m Ashley, often referred to as Maria, and I look forward to being inspired by you (and swearing alongside you) for Endurrun 2018!

 

What is your runner profile? 
I’ve been running since I was forced to when I was 16 in rugby practice. I learned I loved it shortly after. I average 40-60km a week, depending on what’s going on and how tired my dogs are 🙂 I love trails and the treadmill, but I hate track workouts. This probably means I should do more of them.

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around?
Don’t train too hard. But I never really train too hard. I like to have a few ultras in the months before, just so my body is used to time on its feet and running through discomfort (… and my brain saying “Hey idiot. Know what would be better than running? Anything.”)

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion?
The excitement. I had lost my mojo for running about two months out of my last Ultimate. After a week of running and hanging out with a bunch of other endorphin’d up whack-jobs, my love of running came back.

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion?
Get all the massages. Eat, even if you don’t feel like it. Make buddies – they will become your new confidantes and comrades.

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion?
Serious post-endurrun syndrome. Thankfully, I ended up making about six solid buddies that I still train and run with to this day. Also, I felt super tanned, super jacked and weirdly confident. Weird, because usually I’m pretty insecure about myself as a human in general.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?
Seeing my peeps again! Creating inventive swear words. Bad running puns.

What are you nervous about, if anything?
Chafe. Always chafe.

Can you share any details of your training?
Back-to-back long run days, or hard speed work followed by a leg workout. I try to get up to 80-100km a few times during training, but my life is a sh*tshow at the best of times, so a lot of it is just consistent running. I run a few 50k’s before Endurrun, and this time I’ll also have a 50 miler, so that helps.

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?
The family. It’s like Runner Camp.

Look for us to follow up with Maria in August on balancing training and single parenting and working a 9-5 while also doing distance learning, as well as how her 212km week goes…

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Meaghan St. John is a true ENDURrun rookie, having never competed in any part of the event previously. Welcome Meaghan!

 

What is your runner profile? 

I have been running for about 10 years seriously, 6 marathons, 4 Ironman, American Triple T x2, Long Distance Triathlon World Championship ‘16, many other races. I enjoy a variety of trail and road running, preferring the longer distances.

 

How did you find out about ENDURrun?

Scrolling through races.

 

What convinced you to take the plunge?

I was terrified to sign up. Not actually knowing if I can finish.

 

 

What advice have you been collecting? 

Training section on website.

 

What are you still hoping to learn by August?

Keep in my own race.

 

What are your goals for ENDURrun 2018? 

Hoping to finish and not to die.

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

The end.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Proper pacing, heat.

 

What else would you like to share?

I’m nervous and excited to try something I’m not certain I can do well in or even finish.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The well roundedness of a runner it requires and the discipline to recover properly.

 

This is a pretty typical mindset of a new ENDURrunner. We look forward to meeting you this August! 

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Our fourth Contender bio is Nick Burt, a 24 year old runner from Kitchener who took top Rookie prize in 2017

 

ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Nick: I started running in high-school when I joined the track team 9 years ago. Each year I have gotten more and more serious about running/training. My usual terrain for running is roads, and my mileage varies a lot but right now 70km/week is pretty comfortable for me before I start really training for something.

 

What are your ENDURrun 2018 goals?

I know I want to at least beat my time from last year. When it gets closer to August I will decide on a specific time goal. 

 

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

A lot of people boast about big city races but I love the small, cozy size of ENDURrun. I love knowing/getting to know everyone there, watching everyone push their limits day after day, and I love the amazing support I receive from friends, family, and complete strangers. I also really appreciate the amazing food and since it is such a small race it makes it easy to watch everyone else finish after I’ve run and actually enjoy the food. I have to also point out how amazing it is to NEVER have to worry about parking on race day.

 

What are you nervous about, if anything?

Injuries. Whether they happen beforehand and interrupt my training or whether they happen during the week and ruin my performance.

 

 

You’ve trained for Ultimate before. What did you learn that you will build from (or avoid) this time around?

Training makes a huge difference. I plan on putting in even more weekly training and starting even earlier than last year.

 

Can you share any details of your training? Mileage, simulations, etc?

The plan is to build lots of weekly miles (>>100km) and add a lot of biking on top to increase training without risking too much injury. I also plan on hitting the “mountain” stages once or twice a week to get used to all the hills/trails.

 

Besides training, what will be the same and/or different about this Ultimate compared to your first completion?

I probably won’t wear racing flats for any of the stages this year.

 

What is the one piece of advice that you’re glad you knew/you wish you knew before your first completion?

I’m super glad I knew what to expect from Chicopee by running it multiple times in training.

 

How were you feeling in the days and weeks following your first Ultimate completion?

Sore. But I felt unbelievably accomplished and excited to train for my next race.

 

What is the most important part of the ENDURrun identity that appeals to you?

The most important part to me is that it is a small group of friendly, passionate people and that it’s quite a crazy event like no other.

 

Look for us to follow up with Nick in August on how his training went and ask him about his cycling trip…