Today I bring you my next runner profile! Tracy is a Halifax-based runner who is training for the Ottawa Marathon. I originally met her through Team Awesome, and have really enjoyed following her journey on Twitter. Many of us can relate to Tracy's story (personally, I remember signing up for a Learn to Run class!). Without further ado, I'm so pleased to introduce Tracy!
Name: Tracy DeWolfe
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Years Running: Almost 6 with a few gaps
Why you run: The reason I started is because I needed to exercise. I was never athletic. I tried going the gym but that would only work for a couple days. I signed up for a Learn To Run class at my local Running Room with a friend. I admit I didn’t love it and I stop a few times for various reasons but I always came back to it. Eventually I learned to love it. I get to spending time outside after sitting at a desk all day. I get to eat treats (especially cheesecake!) without feeling guilty. I have also made some great friends. We train together. We socialize on the weekends. We even take race vacations together. To date, the biggest ones have been Ottawa and Disney.
Race distance of choice: Tough choice but I think the half. After training for a few half and full marathons, I like the long runs on the weekend.
PRs: 5k – 28:21, 10k – 1:03:04, Half – 2:17:52, Full – 5:12:05
Favourite Race: Another tough choice. We have some great races in Nova Scotia but I would have to say that my favourite is Maritime Race Weekend in September. It’s a pirate themed Friday night / Saturday morning race weekend. Friday night is a 5k race at sunset along the coast. Saturday morning is a distance of your choice (5k, 10k, Half or Full). I’ve only done the 10k. If you run both days, you get 3 medals. A couple of years ago, they added fireworks after the run on Friday night. It’s a great weekend that my friends and I enjoy.
Favourite piece of running gear: I’m going to have to say my Asics GT2000. They are the only sneaker I have worn. I have to add my Garmin as well. I don’t always pay attention to it while I’m running but I like to look at the run afterward. It also documents my running streak.
Favourite running memory: Finishing my first marathon last year. It is a great accomplishment to finish any race but your first marathon is extra special, especially after the horrible winter we had. My goal was to finish upright and smiling. I did both of those as well as exceeded any time goal I may have hoped for. I was able to finish with my training partner. We crossed the finish line at the same time. We then met up with 12 other people who trained and travelled to Ottawa together. 11 of us were first time marathoners!
Best running advice you’ve picked up along the way: Trust your training. If you are following your training plan, you will make it to the end of the race.
Favourite quote or mantra: “It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger” I have a medal rack with this saying. I remind myself of this when the runs are hard. I remember that the things I have done around the run that may have made the run tough or that I ran it faster than in the past. Every run makes you stronger.
Goals: I would like to break 5 hours in Ottawa…weather depending. Ottawa tends to heat up faster than Halifax so we’ll see what happens. I try not to focus too much on new PBs as it can play with my mind during the race but I am always happy to get one.
Next race: Bluenose 10k on May 22nd. It will be a run, not a race since I’ll be running the full in Ottawa the following weekend.
Favourite songs to run to: Unless I’m running by myself (which rarely happens) or I’m doing speedwork, I don’t listen to music. Footloose tends to perk me up and make me run faster.
Favourite podcasts and/or books: I’m a big reader of fiction. I’m currently on a James Patterson kick. I think I’ve read 7 of his books in a row.