How did you get into running? – Got into running because of encouragement from friends who are runners
What was the last race you’ve done? – Gold Coast Marathon
Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert, and how does it relate to your running? - Definitely introvert. I’m happy to set my own goals
What’s your favourite thing about running? – spending time with other runners and trying different locations
What annoys you most? – people who are oblivious to other runners around them and take up the entire path - we are with you on that one Robyn
What’s the running highlight you’re most proud of? – completing Gold Coast Marathon
Do you think you’ll stay at your current distance awhile? Why or why not? – Happy to stay at Half Marathon – training is nowhere near as hard
Are you more of a “run to relax” or a “run to get it done with” type of person? – Definitely run to relax, I see it as “my time”
How much time do you spend running in a week? – Usually 3 hours running
What is your favourite regular course and why? – Love around New Farm to the City. Great path and there is always something different to see on the river
Were you running growing up? – Growing up, I couldn’t run more than 100m and that was a struggle
What is your definition of a perfect run? – Going somewhere different with good friends
What (running related) are you most proud of in the last year? – Most proud of completing the marathon
What runs makes you feel most accomplished? – Feel most accomplished after pacing Parkrun. IT’s nice to help other runners achieve a goal
Who (running related) do you admire most in the world? – Pip and Sherman (Firends). Their efforts both in their training and runs is amazing
If you were to win a race price money, what would you do with it? – Travel to exotic locations that have Parkrun
What race or run do you regret not doing in the last year? – Regret not doing a Parkrun in Tasmania, wasn’t near one on a Saturday
If you see a puddle on the ground, do you run around it, over it or get straight into it? – Run around it, don’t love wet feet
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – love to be able to fly so I can see spectacular views
If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go? – early 1900’s less technology, perhaps a simpler life, better work life balance
If you got to name a new race, how would you decide what to call it? – find a unique location with an interesting name
What would be the title of your running book? – one foot in front of the other
Do you have a favourite, book, blog or running resource you use? – other runners. I value their experience
How did you get into running?
I was drunk and impressionable and then somehow signed up for the Gold Coast half.
What was the last race you’ve done?
Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert, and how does it relate to your running?
Both. Most of the time I run when it's convenient but I always feel recharged after a social run.
What annoys you most?
Smoking. So gross. Public lurgies are pretty feral too.
What’s the running highlight you’re most proud of?
Probably Amsterdam marathon. I didn't get the start I would have like with a crowd that big but I felt like I had plenty in the tank through the whole run.
Do you think you’ll stay at your current distance awhile? Why or why not?
Haha no. Definitely going to cut the long runs back over summer.
What race is next for you?
I'm going to say a trail run but I don't know where yet.
Are you more of a “run to relax” or a “run to get it done with” type of person?
Run to relax. Even with a structured session I like the headspace that comes with running.
Your most favourite workout.
Speed sessions - more endorphins!
Your least favourite workout.
Hill sprints - the only kind of run that has ever made me barf.
What is your favourite regular course and why?
Probably Mt Coot-tha even though I don't get there as regularly as I'd like to.
What is your definition of a perfect run?
When you hit that running flow early and get to float along indefinitely.
If you see a puddle on the ground, do you run around it, over it or get straight into it?
What is your favourite book, podcast, social media or resource in regards to running or endurance sports
I haven’t checked in for a while but I was hooked on Ultrarunner Podcast when it started up a few years ago. Not hooked enough to want to run another ultra myself but those nutcases are usually full of good stories.
Connor and fellow Fortius runner Mirjana recently met up with 120,000 other spectators along Prater Park in Vienna to watch Eliud Kipchoge rip through a marathon in 1:59:40. We managed to snag a great spot near the finish line in amongst a big contingent of very excited Kenyans. Right next to where the Austrian hosts kept the crowd and runners amped by blasting Vanessa Amorssi tunes.
But in every other aspect the whole event was very slick and there wasn't a lot left to chance. The pacing convoy were as steady as a metronome and swapped in and out and just past where we were standing. The course was pancake flat and had been resealed in places and the morning was about 10°C and completely still (wearing shorts wasn't my best decision). And the crowd went nuts every time Eliud flew past. If the whole track was as loud as our little spot then it must have been a deafening run. It was great to see a crowd like that getting behind a running event with so much enthusiasm.
Connor went back later in the day for a run along the course – just a smidge off the 2:50 pace set that morning but only because he needed to save the legs for a marathon the next week. 😉
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