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Hi I’m Pat Robitaille and I am excited to join my first ENDURrun Ultimate

Patrick Robitaille is a rookie with a familiar story – joining close to two dozen couples to complete the Ultimate challenge! Welcome Patrick!

How did you find out about ENDURrun? Wife Amy ran some guest stages for a few years and then she raced in the Ultimate (2017). I know others from The Guelph Victors and Discomfort Zone Multisport who have also participated.

What convinced you to take the plunge? Subtle nudges from Amy!

What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? Have followed other’s race stories for a couple years

What advice have you been collecting? Primarily Amy’s input and the Facebook group

What are you still hoping to learn by August? The art of recovering well and starting the next day ready to roll!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Goal: To have a good time, smile through some tough running and make it to the daily buffet table!
Motivations: Wow, thinking of this, makes me realize there are lots of things that push me to lace up my shoes and participate; my own physical fitness goals, trying to set a healthy example of daily activity for my kids (..or to keep up to them, rather..) to honour those that can’t participate in activities that I can often take for granted. All these things may help me keep my spirits high when the running gets tough.

What can we follow-up with you about in August for a profile part 2? Ask me if I’d rather be running or skiing at Chicopee?
If August is really hot, Ask me if I went to the Farm Supply Store for a big salt-lick-block and an ice-bath trough.

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Meeting some great running pals.

What are you nervous about, if anything? Yup, a bit of nerves: I’ve enjoyed running/training and racing for many years, but this’ll be some new territory for sure. Both in weekly volume and repetitiveness of the weekly Stages.

Can you share any details of your training? I mix it up each week, but incorporate at least one Run, bike and swim, sometimes two of those activities 6 days a week. My volume has increased steadily since the winter.

What is your runner profile? Have always enjoyed running, have trained and raced more consistently the last 8 years. I’m as happy to run on roads as I am to get muddy on trails. I *like* Guelph Victors track workouts and benefit from having my wife toy with me as she drags me around country roads for faster long runs. Running routine changes often due to work and kids commitments, but each week I try to blend a long run, track or speed workout, some easier runs for recovery and a tempo or hilly run.