10 Ques­tions

Melissa Bishop

Canadian Running - - FEATURES -

One of the great­est run­ners in Cana­dian his­tory on her love of cof­fee, Switzer­land and rac­ing in a packed sta­dium. 1 What would you say are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner? My tac­tics: be­ing able to read the race sce­nario and where I am in the pack the ma­jor­ity of the time. 2 What do you ad­mire most in an­other run­ner? Brave­ness – prob­a­bly not a word, but I ad­mire so much when ath­letes take smart chances or risks in a race even though it might not work in their favour in the end. 3 What is your idea of hap­pi­ness? My soon-to-be-hus­band Osi, my fam­ily, a cup of cof­fee, run­ning and a hot sunny day. 4 Who are your ath­letic he­roes? Any­one with enough guts to take risks in a pro­fes­sional sport ca­reer that is of­ten short and dic­tated by age. And any be­gin­ners at run­ning who are try­ing some­thing new (mainly halfs and marathons): you’re my hero. It’s scary as heck to me to be fac­ing a dis­tance so far. Go you! 5 Where would you like to live? Switzer­land. I’ve spent some time there re­cently with Di­a­mond League races and train­ing. To me it is such a peace­ful coun­try. Lake Geneva, the moun­tains, the peo­ple – it’s so easy to get around. I love that coun­try, it also re­minds me of home.

6 What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

I have very few re­grets in my run­ning ca­reer; all of them are races (maybe four-ish). Most of the re­gret is wish­ing I would’ve been more brave and took a chance in the mo­ment. It’s hard to de­ter­mine that in a race sce­nario; but when I look back on it, most of the time, I wish I would’ve had the guts to just try and see what would hap­pen. 7 What is your great­est fear? I fear that my next goals/ca­reers af­ter track and field won’t be com­pa­ra­ble to the feel­ing of ex­cite­ment and adren­a­line of rac­ing in a packed sta­dium. That’s un­like most feel­ings I’ve ever known or ex­pe­ri­enced – such a great high. 8 If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be? My love of clothes and shoes… I love them, but I don’t need that many.

10 What is your motto?

Have fun and smile. It’s not al­ways fun, but the ma­jor­ity of the time if it is, then it’s worth putting the ef­fort in for.— CR

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