Another great weekday Ladies run, and another wonderful lady to be featured on the blog. I decided that next to be featured would be Candice, who I met kind of through mutual friends, and kind of through twitter while we were both training for road marathons last winter. We discovered that we get along famously, and run the exact same pace on roads while training. We just seem to fall into a perfect rhythm together. Ever since we met, I was determined to get Candice on the trails, and this summer, I succeeded! Not only has she been out running regularly on the trails, but she ran her first trail race at Squamish50 running the 23km course, and is signed up for her first ultra October 6, as part of the Baker Lake Party!
Our group on Tuesday :
So, let’s find out how Candice got into running…
1) What brought you to running in the first place?
I started running back in 2004 at the suggestion by my boss at the time. I was honestly really lazy and hated the thought of running. I joined a half clinic and it just continued from there.
2) What has been your biggest accomplishment since you started running?
My biggest accomplishment since I started running would have to be breaking 4 hours on a marathon.
3) How did you discover trail running?
I discovered trail running from my lovely friend Solana. I was reluctant at first to try out the trails as I really enjoy the roads, but I have come to love the trails.
Candice (in pink) on her very first trail run, which happened to be the very first ladies day I organized!
4) What do you feel like is different about running on trails than roads?
find people on the trails way more friendly than road runners. Not to say that road runners aren’t friendly! When I ran Squamish I found that everyone looked out for each other and it was a nice change. The change of scenery is bonus too! Who doesn’t love running in the gorgeous trails we have in the Lower Mainland?
5) Do you have a trail running goal for the future?
YES! I am running my first 50 km ultra marathon at Baker Lake on October 5! Baker Lake Party! Woot!
Candice is a true joy to know, on the roads, on the trails, and as a friend in real life! She is always willing to try new things, take on new challenges, and test her limits! Recently, she even let me pace her up the Grind, helping her do her first ever sub 50 min Grouse Grind! Again, she’s someone I recognize, as having a beast inside of her, and of course I want to tap into that! For Candice, it’s all about realizing for herself just how strong she is, and everyone around her knows she is. I just know that she will crush her first ultra at Baker Lake, and can’t wait to be waiting at the finish line for her!