GREG WIECZOREK

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on get­ting mo­ti­vated

“Even be­fore marathon num­ber 19, you still need pos­i­tive self-talk. I re­mind my­self of the time that I’ve in­vested and tell my­self that I’ve worked too hard not to give my­self the best op­por­tu­nity to run well on race day. “Run­ning a marathon is like writ­ing an exam – you have to stay men­tally en­gaged for three hours, which is tough. Dur­ing the last 10k or so, when things get rough, I fo­cus on cel­e­brat­ing post-race and how much more fun I’ll have if I’m happy with my ef­fort.”

on trav­el­ling

“I al­ways pack all my es­sen­tial rac­ing gear in my carry-on if I’m f ly­ing to a des­ti­na­tion race. I like to ar­rive two days be­fore so that I have a chance to take in the at­mos­phere and en­joy the expo. I’ve seen a lot of peo­ple sab­o­tage them­selves over the years though by play­ing tourist when they’re in a new city for a race. I’d rec­om­mend stay­ing off your feet and out of the sun, sav­ing the sight­see­ing for af­ter the race.”

on nutri­tion

“I drink a litre of Pe­di­a­lyte the day be­fore a marathon, which was a tip I got from a doc­tor that I know. It al­lows me to load up on elec­trolytes and car­bo­hy­drates even more than with your av­er­age sports drink. Dur­ing the ac­tual race, I take a gel 15 min­utes be­fore the start, at the half­way mark and at 30k and I al­ways chase them with water, which aids in the ab­sorp­tion of the gel bet­ter than a sports drink does.”

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“I was rac­ing the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and I’d had a very good sea­son of train­ing – I was run­ning around 115 miles a week on top of work­ing full­time, but it was a 26 C day. I took in lots of f lu­ids, but around 30k I vom­ited all over the course. The weird thing was, I still felt re­ally strong, so I kept mov­ing. One of the course vol­un­teers started yelling at me: ‘Hey you! Stop right there!’ I knew that they were go­ing to try and pull me off the course, so I just thought to my­self ‘I’ll stop if you can catch me’ and kept on run­ning. I fin­ished as the top Cana­dian with a 2:26.”

AGE 35 HALIFAHOMETOWN X MARATHONS19 PB 2:25 Greg Wieczorek at the Bluenose Marathon

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