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February 2014

Running Talk with Le Team du Rob

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Rob Watson, elite Canadian marathoner and leader of our group of marathon trainees, Le Team du Rob. With less than 100 days to go to the marathon, it's time to meet each of these valiant runners. We asked each of these runners to tell us a bit about themselves, why they're running, and what it means to have Rob in their corner.

Sinead Brunet, 39, Komoka

1. Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do when you're not running?

I am a wife and Mom of 3 kids, I live on a 50 acre farm in Komoka Ontario just west of London. My running partner is my 4-year-old dog, who refuses to run more than 40 miles a week. When I am not running I am taxi to my kids and their cheering section, and spend my days working with my husband.

2. When did you start running and why do you run?

I started running in Grade 4, took a 15-year hiatus to smoke, then quit that almost 6 years ago now, and returned to my roots…running. Sixteen months after quitting smoking, I ran my first full marathon and qualified for Boston. I run to have my "me" time, even a closed bathroom door is not sacred in our house.

3. What are your goals for the 2014 Ottawa Marathon?

My public goal for Ottawa is the same answer I give before any marathon: to finish upright and smiling. Privately, I really want to go under 3:10. This will be my last marathon before my 40th birthday the following Friday, so I would love it to be a PR.

4. What in particular do you hope Rob can help you with? Any good tips yet?

Running with Rob, I hope to learn some nutrition tips, but also to stay motivated throughout the training. I'm also hoping he can help me with what pacing I should be looking at for each workout. How slow or easy is a slow/easy run? Also, let's be honest, it is just too cool to be able to say you are running with Rob Watson.

Jason Faber, 25, Ottawa

1. Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do when you're not running?

I live in Centretown, Ottawa. When I'm not running I'm playing volleyball, cooking, or hanging out with my dog, a Nova Scotia Duck Toller.

2. When did you start running and why do you run?

I started running in the summer of 2012 when I started training for the Army Half Marathon. I run because I love the challenge, to stay in shape and to give me some time to myself.

3. What are your goals for the 2014 Ottawa Marathon?

My goal is to finish the Ottawa marathon in under 3h05m in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

4. What in particular do you hope Rob can help you with? Any good tips yet?

Taking my running to the next level. Helping me train properly to increase my speed and endurance while decreasing my risk for injury. He's helped me with my training schedule and provided me with tips related to equipment, the mental game, as well as general support and confidence.

You can read more about Jason's running at http://42kms.tumblr.com/.

Domenic Caminiti, 45, Barrhaven

1. Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do when you're not running?

I am a regular schmo, living in downtown Barrhaven with my lovely wife and three awesome daughters. In my day job, I am a financial risk manager. Outside of work, I help out as an assistant coach for two of my daughter's hockey teams and follow instructions from four ladies on a regular basis :-) I pretend to be a handyman from time to time and love hanging out with good friends. "Live life. Love life. Leave a legacy."

2. When did you start running and why do you run?

I started running about five years ago. Really, it was my wife who started and I just followed her footsteps. Ironically enough, she hates running with me now because I talk too much!

3. What are your goals for the 2014 Ottawa Marathon?

This is my first full. Frankly, I thought that I would never do something this crazy. My first goal is to have fun, enjoy the day and recognize how lucky I am to have the health to be able to do this. I also want to show my daughters that their "old man" can do this. When I run alone, I often think of family and friends that are sick, suffering and that have passed away over the years. It provides me with motivation and a reason to carry on, especially during the difficult long runs. As for the competitive side of me, I am hoping to finish under four hours ... and have an extra spicy bloody Caesar with Rob at the finish line!

4. What in particular do you hope Rob can help you with? Any good tips yet?

In Rob's first line of his first email to me, he wrote "Congrats on your decision to tackle this marathon endeavour. It takes guts to try something new, especially something that you know will be so physically and mentally demanding. But I can tell from your enthusiasm and plan of attack that you are going to crush this!" How can this not be motivating?!

Christa Davidson, 41, Orillia

1. Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do when you're not running?

My name is Christa Davidson and I live in Orillia Ontario. I have been married to (Magic) Mike for 15 years, this year. We have the requisite house, 2 kids, 2 cars, 2 dogs and 2 cats. When I am not busy with my full-time job as a mom, wife and runner, I can be found at my bill paying full-time gig, where I am employed as a Registered Nurse.

2. When did you start running and why do you run?

Scene 1 (curtain opens)... I was a decent runner as a kid and as a teenager. My talent was never tapped and therefore my potential championship running career never unfolded as I gave up busting my ass chasing the clock for chasing boys and beers (fade to black, curtain closes)

Scene 57 (curtain opens)...3 years ago I got sober. Turns out I was an alcoholic. After detox and many sober days, I started to run again and I haven't stopped. I run to calm and quell all the same thoughts and emotions that I used to throw back shots to dampen. I have yet to actually deal with the sh*t I carry around, but for the time being and until I am ready to disclose and face all that ails me, running quiets the beast... (fade to black)

3. What are your goals for the 2014 Ottawa Marathon?

#TORW2014 will be my second marathon. My goal here wil be to (a) make it to the start line, (b) make it to the finish line (c) 4:10:xx

4. What in particular do you hope Rob can help you with? Any good tips yet?

Really, I just need to finish the race in a time that I can be proud of. Get there, get it done, go home satisfied is what I am targeting. Best tip from Rob so far: "Just let the speed develop naturally" and "It's gonna be fun!"

You can read Christa's blog at: http://runninonempties.blogspot.ca/

Mathieu Fleury, 28, Ottawa

1. Who are you, where do you live, and what do you do when you're not running?

My name is Mathieu Fleury and was born and raised in Ottawa. I am currently the Ottawa city councillor for Rideau-Vanier ward -it includes Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier.

2. When did you start running and why do you run?

Ever since I was a child, I have always been very active. I participated in various sports such as hockey, baseball, cross-country skiing, and swimming to name a few. I always enjoyed running, but didn't start running races until 2007 (5ks and 10ks). I run because it is full body exercise and it doesn't require any special equipment except some quality shoes. Running not only reduces my stress, but it makes me feel better, activates my thinking process and leaves me more energetic. Another reason why I run is because you can do it just about anytime and anywhere.

3. What are your goals for the 2014 Ottawa Marathon?

Last year, I completed my first half-marathon which was a great accomplishment. I don't have a particular pace/time as for this year's marathon as it will be my first. My goal is to ensure to enjoy the race and finish it.

4. What in particular do you hope Rob can help you with? Any good tips yet?

I don't have any in particular, but I know that when I trained for the half, I had a few issues with right leg. I am hoping to build strength into it, so it does not impede in my training or the race itself. I also have a pretty busy schedule, so I am hoping that I can work with Rob to incorporate a realistic training plan for my lifestyle so that I am ready for the big day.

You can read Mathieu's website here: http://www.mathieufleury.ca/ 

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