Run It Fast – The Club Profile #244 & #270 The Warcholaks

RIF 244 Susan Warcholak & RIF 270 Kevin Warcholak

Our first RIF Club profile of 2014 is a great couple of runners from Canada! Meet the Warcholaks! RIF #244 Susan and RIF #270 Kevin are one of the few married couples that we have in the club. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them when they were in California last year and they are awesome (and have cool accents).

Meet Susan and Kevin:

Name: Susan & Kevin Warcholak
RIF #: Mrs 244 & Mr 270
Twitter: @dothingsalways & @KevDoesRunning
Facebook: Susan Warcholak
Instagram: sue_dothingsalways

Years Running: Both – 2.5
Favorite Race Distance: Both – 26.2 (only done 1 so far though!)
Favorite PR: S – Edmonton Half 2012, took 12 mins off my previous Half time K – San Luis Obispo 2013, second day of back-to-back Halfs (& back-to-back PRs)
Favorite Race: S – Kauai Marathon K – Detroit Half or Hollywood Half (S- think it’s because he met Lisa & Josh!)

With RIF #1 Josh & RIF #5 Lisa at Hollywood Half

Favorite Bling: S – Kauai K – Detroit
Next Race: Pittsburgh Marathon May 4 followed by Calgary Marathon June 1 (marathons 2 & 3 for us)
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: S – Keeping up with Kev when we run together (this may have happened once) K – an unexpected PR on a tough course

Why did you start running?
S – I started running because I never ever thought I could. Losing 20lbs & working with a trainer at the gym gave me confidence. Kev started running to support me. Now he’s much faster than I am.

Who inspires your running and why?
S – Everyone in RIF, I have never seen so many amazing people push themselves to achieve so much. It’s so inspiring to be a part of. When Brennan (RIF #274 ) ran back to back races in Edmonton this year his dedication inspired me not to give up on my marathon even though I’d lost a lot of training after an IT Band problem.

Which of your running routes makes you the happiest and why?
We mostly run in Fish Creek Park, it runs through Calgary but is still remote, we often see coyotes and deer. There’s a path at the bottom of our garden that leads right out. Every season is different and this year we had a huge flood in June which changed everything. It’s more of an adventure now with bridges out and pathways eroded or gone.

Have you ever worn a costume during a race? What was it and for what race? If not, would you?
We ran RnR LV in 2012 with Team Running Elvi, it was crazy hot in the Elvis jumpsuits! So much fun being around 200 other Elvi (secret – some Elvi had beer).

Running Elvi

If you can’t run, you’re ________?
Hiking, snowshoeing – anything outside! We get up to the mountains as much as we can.

One last thing Susan & Kevin would like the rest of us to know:
Running arguments: In our first year of running Kev was very encouraging and took a lot of action pics during our races, mostly from behind me. This resulted in a great number of horrifying shots of my backside. Since then, the secret we’ve found is to run our own races at our own abilities, we have our individual space but still experience the race together. We make an exception for fun races like RnR LV or races in which we might expire like the -33°F Santa Shuffle this year! You would think with him being English and myself Scottish (auld enemies) we’d argue more but that isn’t the case.

Santa Shuffle


I love their story of how they started running and that they run their races together but still run their own race. They have a lot of fun as you can tell from the photos. I admire them for being able to run in -33 weather! But I see they also like warmer places like Kauai. Who wouldn’t!

Thank you for sharing Susan & Kevin! Good luck with your Canadian winter running and the Pittsburgh Marathon!

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Lisa (RIF Club Member #5) has completed 27 half marathons, 13 marathons, 5 50Ks, 2 12 Hour races, and 1 100K. Her favorite races to date are the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Leading Ladies Marathon, the Bataan Memorial Death March, and the Jackson Jackass 50K. You can follow her on Twitter @runlikeacoyote

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