Hi old & new friends: looking forward to sharing a very special week with you all.
Pour one out for the banjo – we have Andrew Moizer on the start line this year!
How did you find out about ENDURrun? Through my wife (who got a brochure in her race kit from the ScotiaBank Toronto Half Marathon in 2011)
What convinced you to take the plunge? Tricky Question: I’ve run stages (1,4,6) as a guest, partially as a spectator (2, 5) and provided banjo entertainment (2,3,4,5,6,7). Have also volunteered, and served as a support crew to Susan for her 3 Ultimate finishes. The ENDURrun is a very special event for us, one slow run/walk lap of Bechtel with Susan in 2012 planted a seed that led to me having ‘one last try’ to be a running a year later. I never figured it could lead to this. Have been running more with Susan this year during her training and after finishing a 32k long run in July (my longest ever) decided to listen to the nagging voice wandering if I could finish.
What exposure did you have to ENDURrun 2018? 2018 was on-line only until the final weekend. Spectating/banjo playing/volunteering for stages 6&7.
What advice have you been collecting? What are your sources? I’ve talked to lots of ENDURrunners over the years, read all the facebook advice, and have of course shared Susan’s experiences. And many extended conversations with Joanne, Mark & Lloyd over the years.
What are you still hoping to learn? Whether I can finish all the laps of Bechtel and Chicopee, and my first Marathon.
What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? My motivation is to experience the ENDURrun as an Ultimate competitor. My goal is to finish (my longest race so far is a 1/2M). Susan ran her first Ultimate the year she turned 50, I turned 60 last December, so it seemed appropriate.
What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? Experiencing the whole event as a competitor. Finding out what I’m capable of doing (or not doing!).
What are you nervous about, if anything? I am nervous about lots of things. I appreciate the challenges of the ENDURrun and hope that I am fit enough to respect it. I have no idea how I will react during the three long stages, or the back-to-back racing days.
Can you share any details of your training? My training is not what it could/should have been (didn’t decide to register until 4 weeks before). The main thing was long runs, which I’ve done more of with Susan.
What is your runner profile? Started running in October 2013 with a goal to be able to make it to 5km and that my ‘fast’ could overlap with Susan’s ‘slow’. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get to where I did. Haven’t ran as much in the past year or two for various reasons. Most miles are on country roads, but I look for trails wherever possible. I’ve run between 1200 and 2400 km/year since 2014.
What else would you like to share? The ENDURrun is a very special running event, that attracts an amazing community of people who it’s just plain fun, inspiring, and motivating to hang out with. We have made so many close friends from our involvement, and it’s fair to say that it has inspired life changing habits for which I will be forever grateful.
We’ve been at every ENDURrun since 2012 (except 2016 when our son got married Marathon weekend).