For this week’s runner profile, I’m so happy to introduce you to a fellow Ottawa Marathon Team Awesome member, Rebecca Wemyss! I first started to follow Rebecca’s training journey via her blog. As a fellow Ottawa run blogger, I love reading her updates. She posts about her training, race tips and daily life. She has an impressive race resume, with a range of race distances. Rebecca is also a teacher and a proud cross country and track & field coach. Without further ado, I’m so pleased to introduce Rebecca!
Name: Rebecca Wemyss
Location: Orleans, Ontario
Years Running: 6 years
Why you run: I started running 6 years ago when I first moved to Ottawa and was underemployed and bored at home. I felt like I needed to get in better shape and thought running was a good idea. I started off running with some random sneakers and a cotton t-shirt! Now I run because I’ve realized that I’m not bad at it and enjoy the challenge.
Race distance of choice: 5K – not because it is short, but because it is fast and can be challenging. I used to be a sprinter, so I still like to go fast.
PRs: 24:52 for the 5K, 54:54 for the 10K, 2:12 for the half marathon and 5:40 for the marathon (which I am desperate to update).
Favourite Race: Although Ottawa Race Weekend has a special place in my heart – NYC Marathon was one of the best race experiences I’ve ever had. Who knew that 42.2K plus a large amount of travel time would be so much fun.
Favourite piece of running gear: Brooks Glycerins and my Garmin Forerunner 15 watch.
Favourite running memory: Running with Lanni Marchant! During the Pan Am Games, Lanni asked her social media followers if we wanted to go out for a run and some beers after her 10,000m race. A smallish group of about 30 people ran 4K around the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and then went for beers after. Not only did I get to run with Lanni, but it was fun meeting other runners, including some who I knew from Twitter. The whole Pan Am Experience was amazing. I attended two days of Athletics events and had a great couple of days.
Best running advice you’ve picked up along the way: Long runs are meant to be run super slow and cross training/strength training is your friend!
Favourite quote or mantra: You can do hard things.
Goals: My big goal for the next year or two will be to qualify for the Canadian 5K Championships.
Next race: Ottawa Race Weekend’s Marathon – hopefully. Having some ongoing issues with my legs and might change my race. But I really want to run the marathon.
Favourite songs to run to: Letterbomb by Green Day (Broadway edition), any music from The Dark Knight soundtrack, anything upbeat by Our Lady Peace. Basically anything that has a fast tempo and lots of guitars.
Favourite podcasts and/or books: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, My Life in France by Julia Child, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam.