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Hi. I’m Chris from Cornwall, I like to push myself when running but am pretty happy no matter what, as long as I get to run, spend time with other like minded people and eat and have a few drinks.

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ENDURrun: What is your runner profile? 

Christian: I started running about 15 years ago. Mostly roads, but I enjoy trails, even though I’m not very technically strong. I usually like the longer races (21km-42km).


How will your ENDURrun 2018 compare to previous years?

If things go to plan, this year’s will be similar, run a strong (for me), well paced week.


What are your ENDURrun 2018 stories? 

I’m doing an Ironman on September 30th. I’m hoping to use my ENDURrun run strength to kick butt in my triathlon.


What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2018?

Good weather, the food, a week off work and doing well in the run events.


What are you nervous about, if anything?

Pain in the butt (literally).   


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

Same general plan as most years, increased my max week from 100 to 140km. I run 6 times a week (80-140km); bike 4-5 times a week (approx 300km) and swim 3 times (12km).


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

Don’t lose hope during the week and if you feel beat-up. If you did the training, your body will loosen up each morning after a few km. It knows what to do.


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

Variety of courses, friendly faces, and great food.


What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?

It’s a really well organised event, and a great personal challenge.


What else would you like to share?

I went to Laurier in late 90’s. Love the Waterloo area, looking forward to visiting some of my old stomping grounds. I’m biking around 4th of 5 great lakes this summer with my wife. I should have some cool adventure stories to share about that trip.


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

Low key, smaller # of participants


Look for us to follow up with Christian in August on how well he’s stuck with his strength and flexibility program: “My hips and glutes are not what they used to be now that I’m well into my 40s.”