• How did you get into running?
In short, I had never run (or done anything athletic) until I was well into my 30s. Then I watched ‘Run Fat Boy Run’ (with Simon Pegg) and decided to sign up for my first race. That was in 2009, and I’ve never looked back!
• Do you run with a group?
I’ve run with Forerunners for many years, benefitting from the wisdom of Coach Carey, and making some great friends. But I’m a social runner, so I also run with the West Van Run Crew, and with RunVan on Thursday mornings. When I need to decompress, though, I also run solo.
• What motivates your running?
Running helps me get rid of stress, it’s given me the chance to travel, and I’ve met some amazing and inspiring people along the way!
• What helped you decide to run in the VFAC Summerfast 10k this year?
Debra Kato – one of my running buddies. The West Van Run Crew won last year’s team challenge, so I figured I had to join in again. That and the baked goods at the Summerfast finish line!
• What is your career and how does that balance with your running?
I work in recruitment, so I spend a lot of time at a desk on the phone. Many of my coworkers run, so that keeps me moving – and running helps balance out the sitting all day!
• What pearl of wisdom have you acquired from your running experience?
Running isn’t about how fast or fit you are – it’s about building strength of character. But it helps improve your fitness level, too!
• Social media channels for others to share in your running journey.
I blog at bradleyontherun.com – also Twitter (@bjcjapan), Instagram (@bradleyontherun), Facebook (Bradley on the Run) – and Strava (Bradley on the Run).