Bluenose Team Love4Gambia Updates & Meet Kristen, Running for Gambia

Can you believe it?!?  Just one short week until we will all be laying down for the last sleep before the bluenose!  I’m getting nervous just thinking about it, and excited…actually really excited.  It’s going to be so much fun to run, not as an individual, but as a part of the team. Today, I would like to introduce another Love4Gambia runner, Kristen Callaghan.  But before I get into that, I would like to let you know about two exciting things:

Love4Gambia 2013 Tees

Love4Gambia 2013 Tees

First, the Love4Gambia t-shirt design is in!  They are green, bright, and will definitely make all love4gambia runners stand out on race day!  Can’t wait to cheer you all on and be cheered on right back. All love4gambia runners that raise over $50 automatically get a tee!

Second, Team love4gambia will be having a post-bluenose celebration event at the Armview, Sunday, May 19th at 5:00pm.  It will be a great way to meet other like-mindedScreen Shot 2013-05-11 at 9.36.01 PM runners on the team and to enjoy some good food and drinks (you will certainly deserve it after running in the morning).  I even hear there will be a special Gambian cocktail.  Mmmmm.  Anyone can come and the Armview has generously agreed to donate 15% of the bill back to Love4Gambia.  So the more the merrier!

And now, back to meeting Kristen, who will be running her first half marathon on May 19th:

JP: How long have you been a runner?

KC: I’ve been involved with sports all my life, but I only started participating in races during university, now that I’m not playing any organized sports.

JP: How did you become involved with Team Love4Gambia?

KC: Erin is my sister- she created Love4Gambia and completed the first run across the country. Joining the team 2 years ago was a given to support her.

JP: Why is it important to you to run for The Gambia as part of Team Love4Gambia?

KC: Although I originally joined the team to support my sister, it didn’t take long for the cause to become important to me too. After hearing her stories, I quickly understood how important NSGA’s work is to all Gambians and wanted to do my part to help.

runner at the blue nose

Kristen and her niece at the 2012 Blue Nose

JP: You ran the 5km as part of Team Love4Gambia last year. Can you share a highlight of your race?

KC: The last two years I was impressed by not only the enthusiasm of the whole city during the Bluenose, but also the team itself. People I never met before were cheering for me just because they recognized my shirt. Last year’s highlight was being able to do the run with my sister- only 4 weeks after her daughter was born. She is the best role model around!

JP: What’s been the easiest part of your training this cycle?

KC: Getting out on the road to start running. I know that I need these training runs in order to finish my first half marathon.

JP: What’s been the most challenging part of training?

KC: One thing I’ve learned training this year is that intervals (800s, 1000s etc) are a lot harder than you expect!

JP: What is your favorite part of running?

KC: The feeling of accomplishment after you improve your time, or finish a long run you weren’t sure you could do.

JP: Where is the most unusual place you’ve run?

KC: No memorable unusual places. The boardwalk by the water in Charlottetown is one of the prettiest though.

JP: How do you keep motivated?

KC: The goal of completing my first half is pretty good motivation- if I need any more, Erin is always great for support and answering any questions I have.

JP: What are you most looking forward to on race day?

KC: Running as a part of the team with both of my sisters and knowing we are doing something important for a great cause.

JP: What advice would you give to other runners to assist them in their training for the Blue Nose Marathon?

KC: Find a family member or friend who supports you that you can share your progress with. Having your own cheerleader sure helps!

JP: Thanks so much Kristen and good luck with your first half marathon.  Looking forward to seeing you and cheering you on in your love4gambia t-shirt!

You can click here to support Kristen’s run for Gambia.

Also, if you would like to join team love4gambia at the bluenose, please click here.

Thanks and good luck to all Bluenose runners!  Enjoy the taper week!

Jennifer

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