BRIAN O’HIG­GINS

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on sleep

“The night be­fore the race doesn’t re­ally mat­ter – you’re go­ing to be ner­vous; you’re go­ing to have to wake up early; it’s not con­ducive to a good sleep. Two nights be­fore a race is when I re­ally make sure that I’m get­ting to bed on time.”

on nutri­tion

“I usu­ally use three gels dur­ing a marathon, but I take four with me just in case, that way if I drop one, there’s no need to panic. Like all other as­pects of the marathon, it’s just one of the ways that I try and con­trol the vari­ables.”

on mo­ti­va­tion

“Ev­ery marathon is dif­fer­ent, some­times you’re go­ing for time, but some­times you’re just rac­ing for place. The age group plac­ing, that’s what re­ally keeps me mo­ti­vated, I re­ally only care about the peo­ple in my age group. Bos­ton is par­tic­u­larly good that way; you’re iden­ti­fied on your bib by age group, so you can look out for each other. The bibs are also num­bered se­quen­tially by seed time, so it’s neat to look out for those low num­bers and give those peo­ple a lot of re­spect.”

AGE 61 HOME­TOWN OT­TAWA MARATHONS 19 PB 2:49 Brian O’Hig­gins at the 2011 Cana­dian XC Cham­pi­onships

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