Run­ning Ad­dict

New­mar­ket, Ont.’s Nicholas Mota on his life as a com­mit­ted run­ner

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Nick Mota cred­its his mom with start­ing what has turned out, thus far, to be an aus­pi­cious run­ning ca­reer. “My mom ran Bos­ton when I was younger. I thought it was pretty cool and started go­ing on some runs with her and then things just went from there,” Mota says. From there, the New­mar­ket High School stu­dent went on to take sil­ver as a midget run­ner at the of­saa cross­coun­try cham­pi­onships and gold in the 3,000m at the of­saa track cham­pi­onships. He man­aged a triple-gold sea­son as a ju­nior, win­ning of­saa cross-coun­try and tak­ing the wins in both the 3,000m and the 1,500m on the track at of­saa cham­pi­onships.

What’s the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion peo­ple have about run­ners?

I al­ways get the ques­tion: “Why do you run?” It’s part of my life now, I can’t go more than two days with­out run­ning – I get jumpy and antsy. I think peo­ple think it’s weird be­cause they don’t think that it’s pos­si­ble to en­joy run­ning. The truth is, once you start run­ning and get over the pe­riod of time when it feels hard, then you re­ally start to en­joy it to the point where you can’t imag­ine not hav­ing it be a part of your life.

What ad­vice would you give to be­gin­ner run­ners?

I’d def­i­nitely say to run with friends. Since I’ve started train­ing with the New­mar­ket Huskies, I look for­ward to go­ing to prac­tice to see my friends. If I didn’t have a club and peo­ple to share the hard work­out ex­pe­ri­ences with, I don’t think I would be as ex­cited to go out and put the work in.

What’s your pre-race rou­tine?

About an hour be­fore­hand, I do some foam-rolling, then head out for a jog. Closer to the race I do drills and strides. I run best when I’m re­laxed and not think­ing about the race, so I fo­cus on just keep­ing calm.

What are your fu­ture goals in the sport?

I def­i­nitely want to run in col­lege or uni­ver­sity. In the long term, I want to make Team Canada and even­tu­ally the Olympics. Right now though, I’m look­ing more at short term goals and tak­ing things one sea­son at a time and fo­cus­ing on per­form­ing well at na­tion­als.

What’s your av­er­age train­ing week look like?

Mon­day, we do a long run of 14–18k. Tuesdays, Thurs­days and Sun­days are usu­ally easy for about 7k. We do our work­outs on Wed­nes­days, usu­ally in­ter­vals or hills. I take Fri­day as a rest day. And Satur­days are ei­ther a work­out or race.

Are there any run­ners you look up to?

Justyn Knight, for sure. He’s an in­cred­i­ble run­ner and he’s just get­ting started.— CF

AGE 16 HOME­TOWN New­mar­ket SCHOOL New­mar­ket High School CLUB New­mar­ket Huskies PB 3:56 (1,500m) “I al­ways get the ques­tion: ‘Why do you run?’ It’s part of my life now, I can’t go more than two days with­out run­ning – I get jumpy and antsy.”

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