One of the greatest runners in Canadian history on her love of coffee, Switzerland and racing in a packed stadium. Here are 10 questions with your favourite 800m runner:
1. What would you say are your defining characteristics as a runner?
My tactics: being able to read the race scenario and where I am in the pack the majority of the time.
2. What do you admire most in another runner?
Braveness – probably not a word, but I admire so much when athletes take smart chances or risks in a race even though it might not work in their favour in the end.
3. What is your idea of happiness?
My soon-to-be-husband [now spouse] Osi, my family, a cup of coffee, running and a hot sunny day.
4. Who are your athletic heroes?
Anyone with enough guts to take risks in a professional sport career that is often short and dictated by age. And any beginners at running who are trying something new (mainly halfs and marathons): you’re my hero. It’s scary as heck to me to be facing a distance so far. Go you!
5. Where would you like to live?
Switzerland. I’ve spent some time there recently with Diamond League races and training. To me it is such a peaceful country. Lake Geneva, the mountains, the people – it’s so easy to get around. I love that country, it also reminds me of home.
6. What is your greatest running-related regret?
I have very few regrets in my running career; all of them are races (maybe four-ish). Most of the regret is wishing I would’ve been more brave and took a chance in the moment. It’s hard to determine that in a race scenario; but when I look back on it, most of the time, I wish I would’ve had the guts to just try and see what would happen.
7. What is your greatest fear?
I fear that my next goals/careers after track and field won’t be comparable to the feeling of excitement and adrenaline of racing in a packed stadium. That’s unlike most feelings I’ve ever known or experienced – such a great high.
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My love of clothes and shoes… I love them, but I don’t need that many.
9. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Osi and C-O-F-F-E-E.
10. What is your motto?
Have fun and smile. It’s not always fun, but the majority of the time if it is, then it’s worth putting the effort in for.