About Me: Hi I’m Caitlin! I’m new to the Running Free Team and I’m so happy to be part of it! I’ve been an avid runner for many years now and I have a deep passion for the sport. I ran competitively throughout high school, and even had the opportunity of competing on Canada’s National Junior Cross Country Team, where I got to compete at the Junior World Cross Country Running Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
Since then I have have continued to run and compete in many different types of running or triathlon races in different parts of the world. For me, running is not necessarily about the competition, but more about the feeling it evokes. I now just run for the joy of it and I try to challenge myself in various ways. I have competed in an Ironaman in France and have also started to compete in more trail runs and ultramarathons. I love partaking in destination races and exploring new environments.
My running is continuously developing and changing, so I look forward to what lies ahead!
Besides running, I enjoy hiking in the summer. I especially enjoy multi-day hikes and I most recently completed the 800km trek across Spain. I also lived in BC for the past 5 years and did several epic hikes out on the West Coast. So amazing out there! In the winter, I enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. Another favourite sport I love is hot yoga! It’s such a great sport to do alongside running and definitely makes me feel stronger.
I also have a real love for animals and volunteer at an animal wildlife rehab centre, where we take care of deer, raccoons, opossum, fox, rabbits and squirrels. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding!
Sports: I love running of course, but also yoga, hiking, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing.
Athletic Goals: My goals for the upcoming year are to try to get my 50 km ultramarathon time under 6 hours and I also want to get my marathon time down to 3:30. My hope is to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2021!
As well, I would like to attempt a snowshoe running race this winter season!
My most catastrophic racing experience was: This past summer I competed in the 40 km Mount Tremblant Race that was hosted through MEC. The race was in a great location and would head up the mountain. I was really excited to compete in such a gorgeous race. The race started off great and I was feeling really good! However, on a decent in the first 5-10 km I lost my footing and rolled my ankle. I’m not one to give up, so I attempted to keep running. I felt pain in my ankle, but with the adrenaline, I thought that I could run through it. The injury got progressively worse and the course began to get really technical. With a sprained ankle it was almost impossible to navigate the gnarly roots of trees, massive boulders and deep sticky mud. I really wanted to finish the race and made it to kilometre 35! I was so close to the end of the race and I had been making the cut-off times until that point. With 5 km to go, the race became even more difficult and instead of descending back down to the finish line, the course started to head back up the mountain again! There was no way I was going to make the cut off time at the next marker with the way my ankle was. I made the difficult decision to walk back down the mountain instead of heading back up. My ankle was killing me and I finally just had to push my ego aside. It was the first race I had not finished. I was sad that things had turned out how they did, but at the same time I was proud of myself for how far I had made it and that I was listening to my body. When I got to the finish line and went to the emergency tent to show them my ankle, everyone was in disbelief at how swollen and bruised my ankle was. They couldn’t believe that I had run so far on it! It was definitely the most difficult race of my life thus far!
My most memorable racing experience was: I have lots of favourite racing moments, but I guess the most amazing one was racing Ironman Niece, France. The atmosphere was amazing and during the race I was scared, but at the same time inspired. I remember trying to take in the moment and appreciate the beauty around me. As I biked through the alps I recall the gorgeous landscape and the supportive towns people in the small villages cheering us on. When I crossed the finish line after the marathon run, I collapsed and immediately started crying. I was so proud of myself for completing that race.
Favourite Racing Gear: I’m a big fan of Salomon gear. I love their trail shoes! I also really enjoy Nathan hydration packs. They’re great quality and have been the best hydration packs that I have raced with. I also like Buff’s headbands and hats. They soak up the sweat and keep you protected really well!
Favourite Race: Zion 50 km Ultramarathon
Favourite Race Food: I always use nun sport electrolyte tabs during racing and after. I find them easy to transport and use. I also like eating larabars during long races. I find them easier to chew and I like that they are made with entirely plant based foods. Typically before a race I’m more inclined to eat pasta and in the morning before a race I love eggs and avacadoes. I find that they provide me with a good amount of protein and energy that sustains me for a while. After a race, I’m up to eat anything and everything!