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Tribesports User of the Week: Tamara A

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Posted by Tamara A under Running on 13 November 2013 at 12:00 AM

Tamara Which Tribesports Challenge has been the toughest and which are you most proud of?

Wow, first of all this is an honor; I joined TS back in February (days before hitting the 4-0), looking for my way back to more than just running  & the motivation for training, I am proud of all the Challenges I have completed and grateful for all the encouragements from my fellow TS'ers. This community is a great motivator filled with SO many kindhearted & inspirational people! By far the toughest challenge for me is the 1000 crunches non-stop, I have done the 700 and trying to get to 1000! I am most proud of the Run a Personal Best after 40  & the Qualify for Boston challenges. I ran a PB of 3:26:18 at the Ottawa Marathon in May 2013, finishing a marathon is always emotional for me - finishing with a better time is pure joy, validating to  all the hours of training through snow, rain, winds, hills... 

Your marathon time is awesome, what advice could you give to getting that quick sub 3:30 pace?

In all honesty I am just lucky, I grew up as a competitive swimmer, distance events were what I excelled at; my training would range from 5000m + per work out. My marathon prep consist of one weekly (Sat) long run and 2-3  10 km + runs weekly. I will work speed & striding on one run,intervals &  tempo the next & push the long run.

Ottawa marathon runMental preparation is crucial to running any distance event as well, I prepared my self by doing 42.2(44) reps of any exercise for weeks (crunches, weights etc.), so on race day 42.2 was a familiar number .  I am a natural endurance athlete, my first ever half was a sub 1:38:00 & my first marathon was 3:28:24...sign me up for a 50 km Ultra & I will say "when & where" sign me up fro a 5-10 km....ummmmm..I will most likely be busy washing my hair, sprints scare me!!!! My dream time for a marathon would be 3:15:00, I am training to run a sub 3:24:00 in Ottawa 2014.

Which marathon course has been your favorite to run?

Having run but 4 Marathons thus far (2 of which were the same course) I am still a "NewBe"  to this addiction! Ottawa is a must run ...especially with the 40th anniversary coming up in 2014, well organized and is over a 2 day period so you get to watch the 5 & 10 km races on the Saturday. For me though, home is where the heart is, Montréal is not an easy course to run, there are many "faux plats" - slow and steady inclines, a lot of wind & hill; I enjoy running in a familiar city knowing what lies ahead, it helps with pacing and mentally I know what to expect. I would love to run the Québec Marathon & Toronto Marathon some day. 

You're a total skipping addict - do you do any tricks to keep it interesting in your longer sessions?

Yes  I am DEFINITELY a skipping addict, I am beyond thrilled that we are now able to log Skipping as a training session : ) Basically I am an Endurance Junkie & skipping lets all the "Bad" out. This video has many of the combinations that I like to do; I have yet to master "Double Unders"! Marco C & Loretta A are my new skipping buddies. 

What kit is on your Christmas wishlist?

Tribesports wear for sure!!!  I think I have been good this year so if Santa could be so nice as to indulge me... a pair of Salomon Speedcross 3 Trial Shoes, Pearl Izumi Thermal Tights, Pearl Izumi vest & thermal softshell jacket are on the wish list; winters here are harsh and we can go from rain to snow to freezing rain all within the same long run.

The shoes are definitely #1 on my list, we have to run on the streets (sidewalks and bike paths are not cleared on the routes we run) and good traction is a must; last year I slipped on some black ice during a group run and fractured my tail bone! Having my running analyzed has been on my list for quite some time as well : )

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

Okay, now this IS HARD to choose but - I`ll try - there are many users who will pop up from time to time leave words of encouragement; so I will go for those that I correspond with most often - Jane H has always had a kind word and been there encouraging me. Matteo R  & Brenda D are my virtual training partners, keeping me motivated especially now that the weather is getting colder & excuses easier to not go out for a run! Stephen C and his sense of humor...and Jeconiah M is always there to put a smile on my face! Bassel S as well...thank you all! XXxx

What's your favorite quote?

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall"- Confucius

" Life is a game made for everyone" - From Avicii's "Wake Me Up".

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