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5 Quick Questions

with Colleen Wilson

Oct. 18, 2017

   It’s been another stellar year for Colleen Wilson.
   The native of Ancaster, Ont. has been a fixture in the Nova Scotia running scene since arriving in Halifax to study at Dalhousie University, and 2017 included such highlights as 1:23:43 half at the Nova Scotia Marathon in Barrington, which remains the fastest half marathon by a female in the Maritimes so far this year.
   She also has Nova Scotia’s fastest female 5K for the year, with her 17:44 at the Osprey 5K in Riverport, was the top female at the Dartmouth Natal Day six-mile race at 37:00, and ran with Halifax Road Hammers men’s team to a razor-close second place finish at the Rum Runners Relay.
   But her achievements this year could not be contained in one province. Other highlights this year  included her personal best half marathon of 1:18:03 in Mississauga, Ont., and winning the gold medal with the Canadian women’s team at the NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Golden, B.C.

   Maritime Runner caught up to Colleen recently for 5 Quick Questions.

Colleen Wilson of Halifax, shown here during August's Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race, will compete at the National Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ont. next month.

Tim Chesnutt photo

Q: Favourite distance?
A: I don’t think I have one yet! I just finished my collegiate career, during which I was mostly constrained to 6K cross country and then 1500 and 3000 m on the track. Now it seems there are an almost overwhelming number of options, on all different surfaces, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to try new distances.

Q: Current/favourite shoe?
A: I’ve worn pretty much every brand over the past few years, but lately I’ve been really liking Brooks - the Ghost for mileage, the Launch for workouts and the Hyperion for racing.

Q: Fuel before/during a run?
A: Generally, the night before, I like to have rice or pasta, with chicken or fish and some vegetables, and then something chocolate for dessert! In the morning I like oatmeal, a bagel or toast with a banana and peanut butter. I like to switch up my pre-race meals, because, especially when traveling to races, you can’t rely on always being able to get a specific meal.
Q: Music?
A: Recently I’ve gotten into listening to podcasts for easy day run entertainment. I like them because they are interesting, and listening to the conversation helps me keep my pace at something conversational and consistent. Two new podcasts I’ve been enjoying lately are The Fridge Light by CBC Radio, and The Secret Life of Canada by Passport 2017.

Q: Favourite Maritime race?
A: I’ve enjoyed so many of the Maritime races, but my favourites have been the Cabot Trail and Rum Runners relays, because of their uniqueness and the team component!

Next up for Colleen will be the National Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ont. at the end of November. She received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University there, and still has plenty of happy memories tied to the city and its cross country course.