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Runner Profile: Jill Pettit

For my next runner profile, I am so excited to introduce you to my #1 running hero, my Mom, Jill Pettit (@marathonmortal). If you've read my running story, you know my Mom played a huge role in me starting run. She's my number #1 fan and I'm hers. We've completed many races together and I know there will be many more! Her endurance and commitment to running inspires myself and others on a daily basis. She will be the first one to tell me that my (sometimes crazy) ideas are possible. So, without further ado, meet Jill!


Name: Jill Pettit

Location: Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, Canada

Years running: 11 years

Why I run: It's plain and simple. When I run I feel great mentally and physically. A long run outdoors is only beat by a race day.

Race distance of choice: Marathon (completed over 50)

PRs: Around the Bay 30K (3:13), Marathon (4:41), Ultra 100K (16:31), 50 miles (11:49)

Favourite Race:  My first marathon will always hold a special place in my heart. I did a charity marathon race for Canadian Diabetes in Hawaii. It changed my life forever.

Favourite running gear: My Garmin watch. I love checking the stats both on the run and off.

Favourite running memory: My most favourite running memory was the New York City Marathon with my two daughters and husband all snuggled together for five plus hours waiting for our starting coral time. We were so cold! Crossing the finish line in Central Park with my daughter, I cried.

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Best running advice you’ve picked up along the way: Pace yourself and remember to enjoy the moment.

Favourite quote or mantra: I make the decisions. I run this race. I am AMAZING.

Goals: To complete the Disney Dopey Challenge.

Next race: I haven't decided yet. My last marathon was a couple of weeks ago (Niagara Falls International Marathon). I like to start the year with the Run4Kids Indoor Ultra in January. In March, I would really like to do a destination race in a warm climate. The Ottawa Marathon is definitely on my to do list for May 2017, especially given it is Canada's 150th Birthday. The best way I can think of celebrating is a marathon in the nation's capital. The Niagara Ultra 50 km in June and then I will plan the fall race line up.

Favourite running song: Moby - Bittersweet Symphony, Christine Aguilera - Stronger, Supermodel - Tell Me Why, Robyn - Indestructible, Madonna & Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes, Lady Gaga - Pokerface, Glee - Don't Stop Believin', Madonna - Give It To Me, Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire, and there's more, I can't just pick one!

Favourite podcast/books: Rich Roll, Jane Austen, Pillers of the Earth

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Are you a runner or do you have a runner you would like to see profiled? If so, I would love to hear from you! You can also find me on TwitterInstagram and Strava!

What you do in the dark

I walked into work the other day listening to Running on Om’s podcast with Lauren Fleshman. It was a Q&A episode and one of the listeners asked how to manage big dreams and the demands of daily life. I got to thinking about my own situation. I thought about my incredibly supportive fiancé and family, and reflected on how grateful I was for their support. I started thinking about all those nights I go to bed early to get up at dark-o-thirty to run in the morning. I thought about those weekend mornings I’m MIA on a long run. Or the impact it has on my ability to be *fun* on a Friday night. I’m sure many of you reading can relate.

I recall a few times groaning about getting up in the morning. G sympathizes, but ultimately encourages me to go. He knows how much running means to me. And more importantly, he knows how disappointed in myself I would be if I didn’t go. That said, last week when I was deciding not to do my long run, he was patient in listening to me deliberate and encouraged me to cut myself some slack.

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Sometimes I wonder what it is I’m doing and if all of my work is worth it. Those thoughts are very few and far between, but I won’t lie that they never happen. It’s in those moments that the support of my family matters most. They keep me in check.

Running marathons really is about what you do in the dark. When you talk to a runner, or follow them on social media, you only see a small sliver of what goes on. The uncaptured moments are, for the most part, far from glamorous. There are missed Saturday morning brunches, or late night drinks. There are mundane days and compromise to be made. The truth is, when you register for  marathon, and plan to put in the work, this is par for the course.

In the long run, I know that reaching my goals will ultimately depend on my hard work, but I would be kidding myself if I said I could do it without the support around me.

Do you listen to running podcasts?

What's something you had to sacrifice in order to reach your goals?

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Take the day off

Deciding not to do my long run last week was harder than I thought it would be.  All arrows were pointing to me not doing that run - I was on vacation in DC and my ankle has been bothering me a bit - but for some reason, for a brief moment, I really struggled to give myself permission to take it off. For the past 13 weeks, I've been pretty darn dedicated to getting my runs done. In fact, I've not missed a single assigned workout. Now that the weekend is over, and I put three rest days in the bank, I'm confident that skipping the run was the right decision.

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It's funny when we get into the vortex of marathon training (it's definitely a thing). The routine of running is ingrained in you. It's what you do. That said, it's equally as important to find balance. Will skipping one 18km run impact me in the long run? Heck no. Frankly, it will probably leave me better off.

I had the best time in DC! I am truly grateful to have such good friends and family. They lift me up. The weekend off was exactly what I needed. We went to some great restaurants, and I even got to cheer for runners at the Cherry Blossom 10 miler (can I just say how much I LOVE race days!?) The time off left me fired up and ready to take on the next 8 weeks till Ottawa Marathon race day.

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I'm good with taking the day off every once in a while. To stay up late and have an extra drink or two. Note to self: it's JUST running. #notmarathontraining

What are ways you maintain balance while marathon training?

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or find me on TwitterInstagram and Strava. Check out my running story in Canadian Running Magazine.