It’s hard to believe that it’s going to be a year in just a few month’s time since I could have met Susie Chan, the amazing endurance runner, at the Running Awards 2016. Unfortunately I had no babysitter so I could not join a few fellow bloggers and Susie for a run before the awards ceremony at the O2, but who knows maybe 2017 is the year to meet this super inspiring lady?
I am honoured to be given a chance to interview Susie on my blog. I love watching her updates on Twitter and Instagram about her upcoming runs and hope that one day I will also complete my dream, an ultramarathon, but now over to Susie:
Why do you run?
Lots of reasons, it kind of changed as I went along. I first ran to get fit, then ran because I found I enjoyed it, then ran because I wanted to get better, then ran because I had made friends running. I could not imagine not having running in my life now. It really has changed me as a person for the better, and if it’s going out for a paced training run, or running with my mates for a catch up, I never regret a run.
What’s your biggest achievement as a runner?
Gaining confidence. When I started I had none, and it’s taken me ages to get there, but once you believe in yourself as a runner, you really can do anything. There are races I am very proud of. The Jungle Ultra, simply because halfway through I really wanted to stop.. but carried on. And Boston Marathon… when I started running, I never thought I would make it to the start line as it seemed such a dream. Standing on the start line of the iconic marathon felt like a huge privilege.
Have you ever thought of giving up running?
Nope! Some days it’s very hard to motivate myself. I’m not very good in inclement weather… but I have found the thought of it is usually much worse than the actual running! I try to break up my running with cross training and on days I’m very tired make sure I get a good rest and not do anything.
Do you do any other sports? Which ones?
I’ve cycled and swum (badly) dabbling in triathlon. I love hot yoga – it really helps with my run legs, and at the moment I’m doing cross training down the gym (Bodypump) which I’m really enjoying. And if cheese eating was an Olympic Sport then I think I’ll be medal contention. Ha!
What does “running” mean to you?
It’s my hobby, my social life, and my time to recalibrate. My husband runs too – so we share the same passion. The only regret I have is not running sooner! I started at 35 years old.
What is/are your goal/goals in life?
Just to stay happy as possible with my. I’m hoping to simplify my life a bit. The races will keep coming I’m sure. Badwater is a race I would really love to do one day….
Where can you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
This sounds like a job interview. Ha ha! Same place. Still running with my friends and husband. Hopefully having remembered to stretch properly post runs…
Check out Susie’s updates on STRAVA and get inspired!
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