For my next runner profile, I am so excited to introduce you to my #1 running hero, my Mom, Jill Pettit (@marathonmortal). If you’ve read my running story, you know my Mom played a huge role in me starting run. She’s my number #1 fan and I’m hers. We’ve completed many races together and I know there will be many more! Her endurance and commitment to running inspires myself and others on a daily basis. She will be the first one to tell me that my (sometimes crazy) ideas are possible. So, without further ado, meet Jill!
Name: Jill Pettit
Location: Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, Canada
Years running: 11 years
Why I run: It’s plain and simple. When I run I feel great mentally and physically. A long run outdoors is only beat by a race day.
Race distance of choice: Marathon (completed over 50)
PRs: Around the Bay 30K (3:13), Marathon (4:41), Ultra 100K (16:31), 50 miles (11:49)
Favourite Race: My first marathon will always hold a special place in my heart. I did a charity marathon race for Canadian Diabetes in Hawaii. It changed my life forever.
Favourite running gear: My Garmin watch. I love checking the stats both on the run and off.
Favourite running memory: My most favourite running memory was the New York City Marathon with my two daughters and husband all snuggled together for five plus hours waiting for our starting coral time. We were so cold! Crossing the finish line in Central Park with my daughter, I cried.
Best running advice you’ve picked up along the way: Pace yourself and remember to enjoy the moment.
Favourite quote or mantra: I make the decisions. I run this race. I am AMAZING.
Goals: To complete the Disney Dopey Challenge.
Next race: I haven’t decided yet. My last marathon was a couple of weeks ago (Niagara Falls International Marathon). I like to start the year with the Run4Kids Indoor Ultra in January. In March, I would really like to do a destination race in a warm climate. The Ottawa Marathon is definitely on my to do list for May 2017, especially given it is Canada’s 150th Birthday. The best way I can think of celebrating is a marathon in the nation’s capital. The Niagara Ultra 50 km in June and then I will plan the fall race line up.
Favourite running song: Moby – Bittersweet Symphony, Christine Aguilera – Stronger, Supermodel – Tell Me Why, Robyn – Indestructible, Madonna & Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes, Lady Gaga – Pokerface, Glee – Don’t Stop Believin’, Madonna – Give It To Me, Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire, and there’s more, I can’t just pick one!