Who knew? PACERs like to run and drink wine...
I caught up with a few PACERs who were running the Wine Country Half Marathon before I left for Europe but I am sorry I didn't have time to post their awesome interview. My apologies to Karen Kennedy and anyone else in PACE who ran that I missed in this interview. Congrat's to all!
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the race?
A: It is a beautiful course. It starts in the East Kelowna vineyards & orchards, then winds down to the Greenway and finishes along Lakeshore, Abbott & downtown to Waterfront Park, with some of the best views you can get on a non-trail run. I’m also looking forward to the fun social (wine) part after the finish and getting together with the other PACE peeps who are doing the race.
Q: How did you train for the event?
A: I have a really good fitness base from the PACE clinics, especially this summer, doing a few 21+K runs, the Enduro and Pincushion. I normally do a little road running each week, anyway, so right now I am ramping up the mileage on my road runs for the next couple of weeks to get the legs used to running on pavement.
Q: You’re a busy Mom of 3 kids. How do you find the time to train for a half marathon? Do you have secret Mom Super Powers?
A: I don't really know!! I fit runs in wherever I can. After bedtime, or early mornings. Sometimes I will run one way either out or home on a family outing. It's a team effort. My husband does triathlons so he understands and shares the training time :)
Q: Obviously you drink wine at some point in this event. Tell us a little bit about what makes the wine portion of this event so significant and is that a big draw for you?
A: I have three kids so I really like wine! I heard it's a fast course with a lot of wine at the finish. I didn't want to miss it.
Q: Who inspires you to run and/or what motivates you when you’re out running 21km?
A: I guess I inspire myself and following my heart on living a happy healthy life. I feel a sense of freedom when I run. It makes me happy!
Q: Do you have any specific goals going into this race?
A: for this race... I'm running for the wine at the end, enjoying beautiful Kelowna and seeing happy friendly running faces!
Q: What’s your favorite local wine?
A: I love the wine from the small local wineries. They are all amazing but if I had to pick one that stands out I would say the wines at Intrigue Winery in Lake Country are some of my favourite.
Q: How do you recover from a race like this? Tell us how a typical recovery week looks for you.
A: After I finish my fair share of wine at the post race festivities I might not be thinking too much of recovery but my typical recovery after a race involves a lot of rolling with my stick and my foam roller, wearing my compression socks and then taking it easy for the next couple of days. I usually try to get in the pool for a swim to loosen everything up and then do an easy 5 km run during the week after the event. And if I have the time I like to fit in an easy bike ride also. And of course I swear by a massage the week after a big race! The best part of my recovery week!