BRITTANY MO­RAN

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on pre­hab

“I’m a chi­ro­prac­tor, so I place a huge em­pha­sis on mo­bil­ity, as well as strength train­ing. To run a fast marathon, you need to be strong. Peo­ple think that they’re go­ing to gain bulk, but that isn’t true. I strength train one to three times a week and am con­sis­tent with ac­tive stretch­ing af­ter ev­ery run. I’d also rec­om­mend not wait­ing un­til some­thing be­comes a prob­lem to ad­dress it. As soon as you feel any­thing, give that area some ex­tra at­ten­tion with a foam roller and stretch­ing, and if pos­si­ble seek mas­sage or physio care pre-emp­tively.”

on mo­ti­va­tion

“I’ve read two good sports psy­chol­ogy books re­cently – Mind Gym: An Ath­lete’s Guide to In­ner Ex­cel­lence by Gary Mack and The Cham­pion’s Mind: How Great Ath­letes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afre­mow. I’ve come to re­al­ize that my out­look plays a big role and I’ve been work­ing on not putting too much pres­sure on my­self be­cause, at the end of the day, run­ning needs to be fun even when we want to go fast. I had this rev­e­la­tion on a long run – that what I do doesn’t mat­ter to any­one else, ev­ery­thing I do needs to be done for my­self; I’m giv­ing my all for my own sake and no one else’s.”

best story?

“My sec­ond marathon was one of those rare days when ev­ery­thing clicked – it’s only hap­pened for me that one time and it’s the most amaz­ing feel­ing, like noth­ing is go­ing to get in your way. Af­ter I fin­ished I asked my coach: ‘How do I do that in ev­ery race?!’ and her re­sponse was to chuckle and then say bluntly, ‘that doesn’t hap­pen in ev­ery race.’”

AGE 29 (30 IN SEPTEM­BER) HOME­TOWN BRIGHTON, ONT. MARATHONS 5 PB 2:47:20

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