How long have you been running with PACE? How long have you been a leader with PACE? 4 years with PACE. Almost 1 year as a leader.
What are some of your hobbies outside of running? Motorcycles, Camping, Mountain Biking, Golf, Hockey.
Describe PACE or what it means to you in 1-2 sentences I didn’t join PACE because of the running. I was not a runner, and I wasn’t sure if I even liked running. I joined PACE to meet new and interesting people, and to explore where we live. Check and check! Through PACE I’ve found a positive community of friends and learned to appreciate and respect the Okanagan in a whole new way.
What has been your favourite trail or place to run in the whole wide world? The Angel Springs descent. It’s like stepping into another world.
What is your go-to fuel on long runs? Clif Bloks. When I feel like I can’t eat anything, I can eat those.
Funny running, racing or training moment: I was running my first 50k, the Nimble Bear, and running it on my own the day after the race because of a work conflict on race day. When I got to the top of the Monster Climb for the second time, I felt weak, tired, and was completely hunched over quietly walking as the final steps of the ascent were being completed. At that vulnerable moment two PACE friends (Halyna and Hannah) jumped out of hiding in the trees to startle the poop out of me. Mission accomplished, as I almost had a heart attack. We laughed for a moment and they joined me for a supportive descent back into Rose Valley toward the finish. That day several PACE friends came out to support my lonely effort, many of them I didn’t even know a couple years earlier. To this day I struggle to think of another time in my life I’ve felt that loved.
Number one tip for beginners: Running smart is just as important as running strong. Fitness will come with time on your feet, but the true value of PACE is in the coaching. Soak up the lessons and embrace a strategic approach to running. It’ll pay off, whatever your running goals may be. Is there anything else you'd like the PACE Community to know about you? I’m not a hardcore runner, though it may seem like I am from time to time. My love for the sport is embedded in the running community and beautiful land we live in. My purpose with PACE is to share that enthusiasm with those around me, are hopefully play a small part in helping them reach their goals.