We’re proud to have a team of incredible ambassadors on the ground at running events across the country. We asked CRC ambassador, Malindi Elmore about her life as a runner, triathlete, coach and mom.
How or why did you start running?
I always loved to run as a little kid. I would randomly time myself to run around the block at home and my favourite part of PE in elementary school was the warm-up run. I have a vague memory of watching Joan Benoit win the 1984 Olympics in LA when I was 4 and being inspired to be like her.
What does your training look like?
I train around my kids’ schedule so it is always changing. Sometimes I go early or late depending on my husband’s work, sometimes I run on the treadmill, and sometimes I run from the YMCA since they have childminding. It is a juggling act, and if I were not motivated by a goal, I think it would be hard to do!
What keeps you running?
I love having goals to train for and “dream” performances that fuel me. I have yet to run as fast as I “dream” to run but I still love the process and knowing that I am working towards my potential, whatever that may be.
When you’ve been injured, what motivated you to make a comeback?
Keeping in mind the big picture and that running is a sport for life so a break due to injury is not the end of the road. I am also “ok” with taking breaks in my racing schedule and focussing on other aspects of life so I use the time away from training to be productive is other areas.
Where is your favourite running spot? What do you love about it?
I love running along water – so the Mission Creek Greenway in Kelowna is beautiful, the ocean in California or Vancouver Island, or the Seawall in Vancouver are all favourite spots.
What would you consider your proudest running success?
Qualifying for the Olympics Games in 2004 was a very proud moment, especially since the trials were in Victoria and my coach, family and (future) husband were all able to be there to celebrate with me.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a runner?
Definitely injuries, especially my navicular stress fracture in 2007-2009 when I had to pull out of World Championships and also miss the Olympics. I also really struggled with politics around selection criteria for teams that really impacted me.
What is your favourite running event? What do you love about it?
I love the speed and tactics of the 1500m and I am also really enjoying the patience required for the marathon!
In your opinion, what is the importance of a national run club like CRC?
Running is such an inclusive sport. I love that people of all abilities, goals, ages etc can participate and be part of the movement. I love that the CRC can unite Canadians coast-to-coast!
What are your other hobbies besides running?
I love gardening, camping, reading, boating and of course hanging out with my two little boys and husband.
Is there an event or location you dream of running at?
It was be super fun to do the 6 Marathon Majors. And maybe one more marathon too.
What is the best advice you could give someone who is just getting started on their running journey?
Use running as a chance to see the world, meet new friends, be healthy in body and mind and have to fun.
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