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Author: Carolyn Coffin and Kim Senechal

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Inspired Soles co-hosts Carolyn Coffin and Kim Senechal bring the communities of trail and road running together as they explore the parallels between running and life. Guests share the wisdom and experience they have gained through running and how it has inspired them to live deeper and more meaningful lives.
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This episode marks the end of another quarter where Kim and Carolyn reflect on their own running, what’s new in their lives, and industry news including potential trail and road races throughout Manitoba and around the world. Kim kicks things off with a pretty big announcement that is making for lots of changes in her life and her running, and Carolyn has taken on a new role in the running world that she is really excited about. One update since recording this episode: the WPS half marathon/5k in Winnipeg on May 2 is sadly not able to take place in-person. We finish with a discussion on RED-S as well as some excellent resources should you wish to learn more. Once again, we want to thank all of our incredible guests for sharing their stories and we want to thank YOU for helping us surpass the 5000 downloads milestone! If you’re enjoying this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could take a screenshot, share it and tag us on social media, subscribe, or leave a rating and review. All of this helps connect runners with inspiring stories as they train for their next adventure. Connect with us:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookKim's websiteKim is an Ambassador for Salming and you can receive 20% off your order at shopsalmingcanada.com (CAN) or shopsalming.com (US) with the discount code SENECHALFRIENDS.  Carolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website (sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the homepage)Resources we discussed in this episode:Women Run Canada podcast interview with Lynsey Romano (Carolyn's strength coach)Lynsey Romano’s website (Skyline Run Coaching)WPS half marathonCanadian Masters AthleticsWomen Run Canada podcast interview with Karla del GrandeBoston MarathonManitoba MarathonThe Barkley MarathonsMATR trail clean upRoarStacy Sims TEDx: Women Are Not Small MenThe Science of Sport podcast on RED-S with Trent & Hilary Stellingwerff
Have you ever been secretly terrified that you have a stress fracture, wondered what RED-S is, or had trouble deciding whether you should run through that tendon pain or not? Today we're speaking with Dr. Sylvia Loewen,  a Sports Medicine Physician at The Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg, Medical Advisor to the Pan Am Running & Gait Centre, and an avid runner herself.  She joins us to help unpack information not only about common running injuries, but also some rather less common but equally important injuries. Dr. Loewen has an insatiable curiosity for learning and is a wealth of information. We know you will have many of your questions answered as you listen to her share her wisdom as both a sports medicine physician and a runner.Connect with Dr. Sylvia Loewen:Pan Am Clinic, Sport Medicine Department
Kathy Wiens is the Executive Director for the Manitoba Runners’ Association and has had an avid relationship with running for decades.  We invited her on the podcast to talk about organized running in 2020 and 2021 and the challenges faced by race directors and event organizers going forward.  We get her take on the cancellation of the Stonewall Quarry Race, and what we hope will come from the exposure the planned event provided the running community with regards to Public Health Orders.  It has been one year since the world ground to a halt.  Races were cancelled, flights and hotels were cancelled, and many events flipped to virtual.  Some silver linings have become apparent in the last 12 months and one thing that has not only remained unchanged, but been amplified, is how runners are still desperate for community and seek to support each other in any way we can.  Connect with Kathy and the MRA:Email: office@mraweb.caPhone: 204-477-5185MRA Website: https://mraweb.caIG: @manitoba_runnersFB: @manitobarunnersassociationResources we discussed in the episode:Stonewall Quarry Race cancellationVirtual Stonewall Quarry RunWinnipeg Police Service Half Marathon & 5kIslendingadagurinn 53rd Annual Road RaceFavourite Mantra: It is what it isFavourite Place to Run: Fish Creek Provincial Park (Calgary)Bucket List Race: London Marathon (in a previous life), 5k by the end of 2021 Favourite Book: James Bond seriesPost-Run Indulgence: Coffee and an egg scramble
Roslyn Smith is a 72 year old road runner from Comox, BC who holds Canadian masters records in the 8k (37:44, W70), half marathon (1:39:06, W65) and marathon (3:39:35 W65; 3:52:20 W70). In 2019 she flat-out won her 70-74 age group at the Boston Marathon, beating her running idol Jeannie Rice by over 10 minutes in a true display of the tortoise and the hare tale. Roz’s over 40 year running career began in the western arctic where she taught physical education, but it really took off in 2005 when she retired to Comox and had more time to train. In this episode we discuss:Her 2019 Boston winWhat’s changed about the sport and her approach to training as she’s gotten olderWho’s in her support network, andThe importance of challenging herself through speed work.Roz is a fierce competitor but she’s also incredibly down-to-earth. If you’ve been searching for evidence that we can run strong into our 8th decade of life, look no further than this inspiring interview with the one and only, Roslyn Smith.Resources  discussed in the episode:Our interview with Roz's coach, Dr. Wayne CroweFavourite Mantra: Feel strong; You’re doing well; Feel the crowdFavourite Place to Run: One Spot Trail; Victoria (Oak Bay, Uplands, Dallas Rd)Bucket List Race: Berlin Marathon; Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonFavourite Book: Older, Faster, Stronger by Margaret Webb; Girl Runner by Carrie SnyderPost-Run Indulgence: Burger, fries and a beer
Will Barkan is an accomplished ultrarunner from San Francisco, CA who is legally blind. He was diagnosed with Stargartd’s disease at age 10 and has had progressive vision loss since then.  He has been legally blind since high school, but has not let his disability limit his lifestyle. In addition to completing the Pacific Coast Trail in four months, he has completed the Boston Marathon, Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run 100, Lake Sonoma 50, Sean O-Brien 100K and many many more races. He runs with a guide, and has not let his anatomical vision loss limit his vision for what he can accomplish in racing and in life.  In this episode we talk about:the unique challenges of running with vision loss in urban vs. trail environmentswhat it’s like to run with a guide the hazards of fallinghow Will has developed resiliency for running and for life within the contexts of his disability.  Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Work hard, have fun, be safe; Take good care of your team, they'll take good care of youFavourite Place to Run: Desolation Wilderness in Tahoe BasinBucket List Run: Infinitus 500k Favourite Book: North by Scott & Jenny JurekPost-Run Indulgence: Beer and lunch (tacos)
We are so excited to be kicking off a brand new series called Couple of the Quarter where once every three months we go deep with a couple about how running fits into their relationship. It will be one of two scenarios -- they are either both runners or just one partner is a runner, like our first twosome today -- Andrew and Darla Forbes. Andrew and Darla are both health professionals in their 50s from Belleville ON who have four adult children and a very full life but they somehow make it all work despite one of them being super passionate about running and the other...not so much. We get into how this impacts their family life, whether it ever causes friction between them, how they navigate the inevitable running social functions, and what happens when the runner can’t run or has a disappointing race. As you’ll hear in this episode, Darla and Andrew are such a blast and I think you’re going to love their energy. Just a warning, this episode has plenty of adult language so if you have young children nearby we would recommend grabbing a set of headphones first! And now onto our conversation with Darla and Andrew Forbes. 
Shane Mascarin is a 46 year old range biologist from Wainwright, AB with an impressive endurance sport resume. He is a roadrunner, trail runner and triathlete who has completed approximately 10 marathons, over 35 ultramarathons including 14-100 milers and the Moab 240, as well as 10 full Ironman competitions. Kim met him somewhat virtually in 2016 when they were fellow Salming ambassadors, and they got to know each other better at the 2018 Canadian Death Race, where Shane has been a 5x solo finisher. Despite being a very high functioning person and athlete, Shane has recently become more outspoken about the challenges he has faced living with mental health illness and we feel he has a really important message to share. In this episode we talk about the difficulties he has faced seeking help in our current Canadian medical system, how running has helped him cope and how he puts his running lows into perspective, as well as how important it is to have more conversations like this one. Shane is currently an ambassador for Hammer Nutrition Canada, and we would like to give a shout out to them for not asking him to be anyone other than his true authentic self. Thanks to Shane for coming on our podcast to share his thoughts and experiences with us.Connect with Shane:IG: @wild_meat_athlete FB: @shane.mascarinResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Embrace the suckFavourite Place to Run: The Alps; Grand Cache (AB)Bucket List Run: World Ironman Championships (Kona); Boston Marathon; Western States; Triple Crown of 200sFavourite Book: Iron WarPost-Run Indulgence:  Bacon cheeseburger; Dairy Queen Blizzard
Dr. Wayne Crowe has been practicing medicine in the Comox Valley since 1983 and transitioned to semi-retirement in 2018. He strongly believes in food and movement as medicine, and was a pioneer in his field in prescribing exercise and lifestyle modifications before medication whenever possible. Always an active person, Wayne didn’t start seriously running until age 49, which makes his 2:49:58 marathon PB that much more impressive. There is no doubt Wayne is committed to his physical fitness, but as you’ll hear in this conversation he is equally dedicated to his mental fitness. He brings a refreshingly positive attitude to everything he does, including rehabbing from injuries and dealing with all that was 2020. Wayne is actively involved in his running community as a race director, current board member, and past president of the CVRR. He is a lifelong student who loves to learn and share what he’s learned with others, which is why we’re so excited to be sharing him with you today. This episode is jam-packed with actionable truth bombs, and if you listen right to the very end you’ll hear him tell a fairly embarrassing story about Carolyn that she promised wouldn’t land on the cutting room floor. Please enjoy our conversation with Dr. Wayne Crowe. Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantras: He thinks of it as "self-talk" (more than a mantra) and feels it needs to be appropriate to the situation , planned ahead of time, and practiced in training.In training -  Good; Yes; Pay now or pay later; Take it easy; Fast feetIn a long/tempo/progression run - Take it easy; Feel the pace; This is where you want to be; It's supposed to hurtEarly in a race - Settle in; Execute Mid-race - Keep it smooth/loose; Sing childhood songs to disassociateLate in a race - Light feet; Count to get out of your head; It's go time; Push Favourite Places to Run: Nymph Falls, Dove Creek, One Spot Trail Bucket List Runs: Tokyo Marathon (last of the six world majors), Chuckanut (trail 50k)Favourite Book: Any book by Matt Fitzgerald, Fast After 50, Endure, The Wind Is Not a River Favourite Podcasts: KoopCast, The Science of Sport, Science of Ultra Post-Run Indulgences: Healthy smoothie; Salmon burger with yam fries 
Heather Giffin is a 41 year old speech-language pathologist, business owner, wife and mother of two boys from Napanee, ON. Running has played different roles throughout her life, but perhaps most notably is how it helped her move through postpartum depression after giving birth to both of her children. Running shifted from being about performance to being about JOY. This conversation is raw and real. Heather shares how her entry into motherhood was anything but what the Hallmark cards promised, how she came to terms with going on medication, what it means to be an “obliger” and how she leveraged this tendency to propel her (in regular clothes) and her friend (wearing full-on fire gear) across the finish line of the 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. While it might have been easier to stay quiet about her mental health challenges, Heather is not one to shy away from difficult things. She chose to speak with us today in the hopes that it helps even one other person to feel less alone. Resources we discussed in the episode:Heather's SLP business, Big Words Little PeopleFavourite Mantra: Borrowed from “kindness meditation” she focused positive thoughts on somebody in her life during each kilometre of the marathonFavourite Place to Run: On a trail with CarolynBucket List Run:  Napanee Heritage 5k, Race in Iceland Favourite Book: Better Than BeforePost-Run Indulgence: A nap
Solana Green is at the center of the running scene on British Columbia’s west coast. A Burnaby native, she now calls Squamish home where she’s co-owned and operated their only trail and mountain running store since 2016 called Capra, which is Latin for “mountain goat.” In 2013 she started a Facebook group called Ladies of the Trails to help demystify trail running for women who are intimidated by the sport. Over the years it has grown to 4400 members and, prior to COVID, 50-60 women would routinely show up in person for special events. Solana has served as one of the race directors for the 5 Peaks BC running series, and ever since 2016 she has hosted the November thirty x 30 challenge, which involves being active for 30-minutes during all thirty days of November. It has exploded from 60 participants in 2016 to a whopping 2315 participants in 2020. Above all else, Solana is a passionate community builder with a mission to create safe spaces where runners from all walks of life can connect with each other and feel like they belong.When Solana isn’t working at Capra, she can be found on trails with her three dogs, all Australian shepherd crosses named Jinx, Zeus and Thor. Connect with Solana/Capra:Capra Website: https://www.capra.runSolana’s IG: @solanaleigh Capra’s IG: @caprarunning Capra’s FB: @caprarunningLadies of the Trails free FB GroupResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Stronger than you thinkFavourite Place to Run: The AlpsBucket List Run: Trans Alps 6-day stage raceFavourite Book: My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso Post-Run Indulgence: Ice cream (Squamish’s Alice & Brohm) 
Junel Malapad is somewhat of a Winnipeg running legend and it’s hard to not get caught up in the energy of the many running movements that he has spawned. While Junel seems most comfortable running for charity, he has done dozens of half and full marathons, several ultramarathons, and has organized countless fun runs for the members of his community. He is a leader for Winnipeg Run Club, a run ambassador for Lululemon, and the founder of the BridgeForks Running group. In this episode, Junel tells us about how he started running in his late thirties in the hallways at work after a pep talk from his doctor, and how he recently decided to celebrate and honour his 50th year of life by running 50K 50 times in the 12 months of 2020. In doing so, he used his voice to bring attention to 12 charities and raise a combined $40,000 for the causes closest to his heart. Junel has created impact and inspired many to lace up their shoes and just start moving.Connect with Junel on SocialInstagram: @jmalapadFacebook: @junel.malapadFacebook Group: Keep Moving, Sharing and InspiringResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Keep moving, sharing, and inspiring; So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst daysFavourite Place to Run: Marinduque (Philippines)Bucket List Run: Ultra Trail du Harricana (125k race in Quebec)Favourite Book: ReclaimingTom LongboatPost-Run Indulgence: Half coffee, half hot chocolate, Oreo Cranked energy bar
Melanie Henning sought out Coach Carolyn to help her improve at the half and full marathon distances. She was a speedy kid throughout elementary school who routinely beat the boys in short races, but a number of moves with her military family had her gravitating to team sports for their social benefits. Running took a backseat for the next 20 years but she found it again in her early 30s, in part because of the favourable weather conditions in Monterrey, Mexico where she’s lived since 2002. Half marathons were her go-to distance and she always swore she would never run a full, but that changed in 2018 when she was navigating a significant challenge in her personal life. Melanie decided to tackle the marathon to prove to herself that she can do hard things. She ultimately caught the bug and has gone on to complete three marathons, all of which have taught her many lessons. We get into the complexities of being a woman runner, managing your inner dialogue, learning to relate differently to things outside of your control, and the power of owning perceived failures. Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: I run for those who can’t and I keep going because I canFavourite Place to Run: Exploring a new cityBucket List Run: Big Sur MarathonFavourite Book: Born to Run Post-Run Indulgence: French fries and Skittles (not together!)
Scott Sugimoto is a 61 year old gentleman from Winnipeg who has an extensive running history in both road and trail running. He has completed multiple half and full marathons, as well as many trail ultramarathons including Actif Epica and Arrowhead.  Scott has an affinity for winter running and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. In this episode we get into the dos and don’ts of winter running including: What to wearWhat NOT to wearHow to keep your water from freezing,Preventing frostbiteWinter footwear. We are grateful to Scott - one of Kim’s closest friends - for sharing his winter running wisdom with us.Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Just survive somehow; I am one with the Force and the Force is with meFavourite Place to Run: BC mountainsBucket List Run or Fat Bike Ride: Tuscobia, Arrowhead 135, Iditarod Trail Invitational, Greenland Arctic Circle TrailFavourite Movie/Book: Prefontaine; On Thin Ice; In Shackleton's Footsteps; Post-Run Indulgence: A cup of soupKim is an Ambassador for Salming and you can receive 20% off your order at shopsalmingcanada.com (CAN) or shopsalming.com (US) with the discount code SENECHALFRIENDS.  Connect with Kim & Carolyn:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookKim's websiteCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's website
Vicki Romanin is a firecracker of a lady runner from Whistler, BC.  In her words, she is a grateful, silvering, 60 year old mom/wife/retiree with a growing passion for mountains who is showing no signs of slowing down.  Although she has a lifetime of running experience, over the last decade Vicki has tackled some increasingly difficult and impressive races including the Boston Marathon, Cascade Crest 100 miler, Fat Dog 120, and Tor des Geants.  Even COVID didn’t slow her down this year as she decided to do her own Whistler Alpine Meadows run this summer “just for fun.”  No marked course, no official aid stations, just her and a few pacers.  In this episode we talk about passion and planning, overcoming adversity and stress fracture, the value of good coaching, and the secrets to longevity in running. As you listen to Vicki talk, you can hear the intensity and passion in her voice as she speaks about the mountains, the trails, and her intense gratitude for her continued ability to experience it all in such an intimate way.  We hope you are inspired by Vicki’s energy as much as we were.Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Focus. Breathe. Relentless Forward Movement.Favourite Place to Run: Whistler, BC (Panorama Ridge)Bucket List Run: Tors des Geants, Triple Crown of 200s (600M of racing over 8 weeks - Big Foot 200M, Tahoe 200M, Moab 240M)Favourite Book/Movie: Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. Scott Jurek’s books. Trail Running Film Fest.Post-Run Indulgence: Vegan burger (anything but sugar!)Vicki’s Blog: https://talesoftrails.me/author/vickiromanin/
Today marks the last Inspired Soles episode of 2020 where we *finally* share the story of how we met and take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of our life as podcasters. We cover all kinds of embarrassing bloopers, as well as reflections from our 14 guest interviews. We get into Carolyn’s marathon DNF and redemption run this fall, and Kim shares about her virtual Limitless Vertical Challenge and completing the entire Mantario Trail in one day. We want to thank all of our incredible guests for sharing their stories and we also want to thank YOU for listening. If you’re enjoying this podcast, it would mean the world to us if you could tell a friend about it, subscribe, or leave a rating and review. All of this helps connect runners with inspiring stories to get them out the door this winter.Connect with us:Email us with guest ideas: inspiredsolescast@gmail.comInspired Soles InstagramKim's InstagramKim's FacebookKim's websiteCarolyn's InstagramCarolyn's FacebookCarolyn's websiteResources we discussed in this episode:Kim is an Ambassador for Salming and you can receive 20% off your order at shopsalmingcanada.com (CAN) or shopsalming.com (US) with the discount code SENECHALFRIENDS.  Carolyn's Run Coaching for 5k-half marathoners looking to improve their performance. Programs begin in January 2021: https://www.carolyncoffin.com/run-faster/
Today we’re speaking with the Running Room founder, John Stanton, who back in 1981 was an out-of-shape 2-pack-a-day smoker that could barely run from one lamppost to the next. His now popular run:walk approach got him pretty darn fit, to the point that his first 19 marathons were all under 3-hrs and he even made it to the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 1984 he opened a tiny store in Edmonton to service the needs of local runners, which has grown to become the largest running retailer we all know and love with over 100 outlets and 1300 employees throughout North America. But he’s perhaps best known for being the mascot of the Running Room. If you’ve attended a major road race in Canada we’ll bet you’ve stood in a long lineup to get your selfie with this legend, and Carolyn even opens with a story of her various meetings with him over the years. Close to 1 million people have gotten their start in the sport at a Running Room clinic, and that doesn’t include the millions more who have independently followed the advice in his 10 best-selling books. John has received numerous awards for his contribution to the health and fitness of our nation, he serves as an Honorary Col to an army unit in Edmonton, he is an inductee to the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame, he is regularly featured on national news and radio shows, and if that weren’t enough...he is a member of the Order of Canada. John Stanton is powerful but also incredibly humble, and as you’ll see in this interview he genuinely loves the sport of running and possesses a remarkable ability to help others fall in love with it as well. We are so grateful to him for sharing this hour with us, and we hope his words will add an extra spring in your step today. Connect with John:Runningroom.comFacebook TwitterResources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: I am strong, I am fit, I’m a well trained athlete, I believe in myself and the people around me, I can do this.Favourite Place to Run: Kona, HawaiiBucket List Run: World Ironman Championship, Kona, HawaiiFavourite Movie: Running Brave (story of Billy Mills)Post-Run Indulgence: Chocolate ice cream
Dave Proctor is a Canadian running legend, and is considered one of the top 10 ultramarathon runners in the world.  He is a 40 year old father of three from Okotoks AB, a massage therapist, and the Canadian record holder for the 24, 48 and 72 hour continuous run events. He has also held world records for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 12 and 24 hours (260.4kms) as well as the fastest 100 mile time of 12:32.  In 2018 he founded Outrun Rare, and attempted to run across Canada in record time to raise funds for the Rare Disease Foundation, something he plans to reattempt in 2021. Most recently Dave has been making a name for himself with backyard ultras.  He placed 3rd at the 2019 Big’s Backyard Ultra in Tennessee where he ran 52 yards for a total of 348.9km.  If you haven’t noticed already, runners are super cool people and even the most elite among us are just genuinely nice, solid people. Dave is no exception, and in this episode you will hear some of the wisdom he’s gained over the years not only about running, but about life. This conversation is not only exciting and inspiring, but also brutally honest and real. Resources we discussed in the episode:Outrun Rare Dave's websiteChasing Tomorrow Podcast IG: @daveoutrunsrareFacebookTwitter: @runproctorRapid Fire Questions:Favourite Mantra: All dayFavourite Place to Run: KenyaBucket List Race: A marathon; Big's Backyard Ultra (Tennessee)Favourite Book: Born to Run; In Search of Al HowiePost-Run Indulgence: A&W onion rings
Today we’re talking to Carolyn's husband, Johnny Coffin, who is a LCol in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Chief Running Official for the Canadian Armed Forces. He grew up on a strawberry and raspberry farm on PEI and spent his childhood playing every sport imaginable while trying to keep up with his three older siblings. He came to running in his late 20s as a convenient way to stay fit while he was deployed all over the world. He got as far as he could using his “no pain no gain” mentality before seeking out the advice of a running coach, who happened to be Carolyn's brother Kevin Beatty. Johnny references Kevin several times during this episode so if you’d like to learn more about Coach Kevin, check out episode 3 where we interviewed him about his coaching philosophy. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, including the story of how Carolyn & Johnny met, running slower to get faster, building mental toughness, and the importance of wind-proof underwear! Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: WWCD - What would Carolyn do? I am a machine; GoodFavourite Place to Run: Confederation Trail (PEI)Bucket List Run: Boston MarathonFavourite Book: Once a RunnerPost-Run Indulgence: Tiger Woods fist pump or 30-sec pity party, post run party including a glass of cabernet sauvignon
Today we’re talking with Deborah Halliday-Mills, who Carolyn met earlier this year when she snagged a spot on her charity team for the Chicago Marathon. Deb is the charity and event manager for an amazing global non-profit called 261 Fearless, whose mission is to empower women through running. Affectionately known as Fearless Deb, she describes how she found running at the age of 40 while going through a challenging time in her life. As a proud back-of-the packer who has now completed 17 half marathons and 8 full marathons, Deb shares how she came to work for 261 Fearless, the positive impact they’re having on women around the world, the small world connections she has with both Kim and Carolyn, and the story behind the scar on her face from an encounter with the great Meb Keflezighi! This episode absolutely encapsulates what so many of us know in our hearts to be true...that running really can change your life.Resources we discussed in the episode:261 FearlessFavourite Mantra: It's all part of the adventure; Stand sureFavourite Place to Run: Yosemite; Moraine LakeBucket List Race: An Ironman; Iceland Volcano Marathon; Easter Island MarathonFavourite Book: Girl RunnerPost-Run Indulgence: A cold beer and a juicy burger!
Carlene Van Tongeren is an accomplished middle distance athlete. She discovered her natural talent for cross country and track in grade school in Victoria, BC, which eventually took her to Simon Fraser University. There she competed in everything from 800m to 3000m, with her specialty being the 1500m and DMRs. Carlene was fortunate to compete with and against several women who have gone on to represent Canada at the Olympics and other international competitions, but she credits her many outstanding coaches for helping to foster a love of the sport and inspiring her to actively give back to the next generation. Now 40, Carlene is running as strong as ever as a masters athlete, despite a very full life as a registered clinical counsellor in the Comox Valley, a wife, and a mother of two young children. Warning: This episode might just make you want to break out your track spikes and see how fast you can actually go!Resources we discussed in the episode:Favourite Mantra: Take what the body gives; Stick it in; Steady and strong; You've got thisFavourite Place to Run: Trails (Cumberland, Seal Bay); any oceanside runBucket List Run: World Masters Games 1500m; sub-5 mins in 5th Street Mile; attempt to break Canadian Master's Record for 4x800m relayFavourite Book/Movie: Let Your Mind Run, Without Limits  Post-Run Indulgence: Replaying the race
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