This week’s Run It Fast – The Club profile is Carmen Hudson #93. Carmen is our first international RIF Club member to be profiled! One of the great things about running and RIF – The Club is that there are no boundaries. A runner is a runner no matter where they are and that brings us all together!
So let’s meet Carmen from Canada:
Name: Carmen Hudson
RIF #: 93
Years Running: 3
Favorite Race Distance: 1/2 Marathon
Favorite Race: Miami ING Marathon
Favorite Bling: Miami spinning medal
Next Race: Banff Winterstart
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: That cool down jog after speedwork. You look at your pace and realize that your “jog” is actually faster than race pace. Always feels awesome!
FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS
What’s the most beautiful place that you’ve run? Right here in Medicine Hat Alberta. The Fall season in my fair city is truly spectacular with the changing of the leaves. Breathtaking running along the river.
What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal? Sprouted grain toast with almond butter and banana
Why do you race? I love the feeling of camaraderie. The cheering volunteers always bring tears to my eyes.
What is the one piece of running gear you can’t leave the house without? My garmin. It’s my pace buddy!
What was your biggest “don’t” of a race? Don’t try anything new on race day!!
What running moment are you most proud of? My first race. It was slow and painful. But it was my start into a new journey, a new and healthy addiction.
I have to share with you a story that Carmen shared with me: Carmen told me about how when she first started running, the running group she’d joined wasn’t ideal for a starting runner (not a lot of support and not a lot of information). But there was one runner in the group who took her under his wing and helped her train for her first 5K. She recently returned the favor and helped him train for his first half marathon! I know that the support and encouragement from all the Run It Fast Club members means a lot to her…and me as well. Sometimes that kind of support and encouragement is all someone needs to keep going instead of giving up. We can all remember how frustrating running can be when we start out, right? But if we can offer encouragement to a new runner or answer their running questions, we just might be able to get them to a point where they enjoy running and get to feel that same sense of accomplishment that Carmen felt after her first race. And started her healthy “addiction”.
Thanks for sharing Carmen! Good luck at the Banff Winterstart!
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[All photos submitted by Carmen Hudson]