Canadian Running caught up with Eric Gillis ahead of Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon where he will be going for the Canadian record. The best-ever time by a Canadian was set 41 years ago by Jerome Drayton at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. His 2:10:09 record has stood since 1975.
Gillis, fresh off a 10th-place finish at the Rio Olympics, answers “over or under” for a variety of statistics and questions including time spent on social media, cups of coffee per day and how much sleep he gets before a marathon. We throw a random stat at him and Gillis replies with either “over,” “under” or sometimes “even” and gives a brief explanation.
Below are the list of questions we asked Gillis ahead of Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
– 3 coffees per day
– 20 minutes of running the morning of a marathon
– 2:10:09 goal on Sunday (the Canadian men’s marathon record)
– 3 gels in a marathon
– 5 days off after a marathon
– 7 hours of sleep the night before a marathon
– 24 pairs of shoes per year
– 30 minutes of running the day before a race
– 30 minutes spent on social media every day
– 3 trail runs per week
Canadian Running will be live from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon all weekend so make sure to follow along for breaking news and live updates.