Trevor Hofbauer of Calgary, Alta. was the 2017 Canadian Marathon Champion, and he’s gearing up for the Hamburg Marathon on April 28.
Since his 2017 marathon win, Hofbauer has moved from Guelph, Ont. back to Calgary and begun training himself, joking that he’s kind of his own science project. The runner says his self-confidence and self-esteem really wavered in Guelph, and that the move has suited him well. “I’m working at Strides Running Store and coaching myself. It’s been cool. I treat myself like a science project, and that really motivates me,” he says. He’s currently only four weeks away from Hamburg, so taper time is impending. The 2017 champion says his emphasis throughout his taper is on staying relaxed. “I emphasize the importance of that, because it is really easy to stress yourself out over little details that can end up compromising your preparation.”
The runner likes to experiment with things like routes, mid-run nutrition, breakfast routines, footwear and apparel during his build, to find out what works best. But once he’s a month out, nothing changes. “Once the race is a month out, nothing in my personal life or training changes and the consistency of that reassures me that the race day will be a success.”