CF: Do you have any tips for staying uninjured? RC: I’m injured. CF: Oh.
“When I watched the Munich Olympics and saw Frank Shorter finish, I was 12 years old. It was the last event of the Olympic Games and I was listening to the commentator saying that he’s run 26 miles and he’s in first place and he’s running into the stadium that is full for the closing ceremony. That’s when I got it stuck in my head that I had to do a marathon. In Grade 10, I got my science teacher, who was a marathoner, to register for me. He only let me know that I was in two weeks before the race, so I ran my first marathon at 16 based off of high school cross-country fitness.
“I like to maintain a philosophy towards running that was prevalent in the ’70s and ’80s, when nobody ran for money or to post on social media, running was just a personal journey. Running should be something you do for yourself – you’re working for yourself and you’re achieving for yourself.”
why the marathon?
“At each race distance you can have a story, but the marathon is the only one that’s got a full narrative – you don’t really get that journey, that struggle from beginning to end unless you go to that distance limit. And that’s true for every marathoner from the fastest to slowest – each one will have their marathon narrative. I don’t know how many million people have run marathons now, but it is still kind of a club. You can ‘talk marathon’ with those people and share those stories.”
AGE 57 HOMETOWN TORONTO MARATHONS 20 PB 2:46