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With Shelley Doucet

Feb. 16, 2017

Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis, N.B. is a trail runner, mother of two, Professor in Nursing and proud ambassador for Salomon, River and Trail Outdoor Company, and Liv 9 Nutrition. Shelley started her running journey just over three years ago, after she and her husband were busy with two young children and discovered that they could save half the time if they took their dogs running each day instead of their normal walk.
 In 2016, Shelley was the fastest Atlantic Canadian in the half marathon (1:19:38 at the 347e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie, N.B. in September) and full marathon (2:48:55 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October). Despite only starting trail running in June of 2016, Shelley won and set a course record in all six trail races that she did last year, including outright wins, some by several minutes. Shelley’s involvement in running spans more than just her racing achievements. She co-organizes two charity races for children in need, assists with many children’s races at other events, volunteers with RunNB, and is the Atlantic Director of the Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners.

Trail running is a passion for Shelley Doucet.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Doucet

Q: Favourite distance?
A: Given that I am only early in my running career, I have not yet found my most preferred distance yet. I do know the longer the race the more fun I have. If I had to choose a favorite distance based on what I have already raced it would be the marathon, however I anticipate that 100k will be a great distance for me. I enjoy the opportunity to challenge myself in different ways across different distances.

Q: Current/favourite shoe?
A: I love my Salomon S-LAB SENSE SG shoes for running on the trail. Salomon just launched road shoes in Canada this week and I am anxious to test these out!

Q: Fuel before/during a run?
A: I can eat just about anything before a run, even while on my way out the door. While training, I generally do not consume much in the way of fuel, but this is something I am working on!
Q: Music?
A: I love listening to podcasts during solo training runs. My favorite podcasts are Trail Runner Nation, Ultra Runner Podcast, The Science of Ultra, and Runners Connect.

Q: Favourite Maritime race?
A: There are so many great races across the Maritimes, but my favorite is the Herring Run, which is held in Mascarene, NB. This event is hosted by the amazing Sadie and Bryan Gagner at their home and is very family friendly with a great post-race celebration and kids' run. The event has 10k and 20k options and is run mostly on single and double track trails, as well as the rocky shore of Passamaquoddy Bay. The event sells out every year – in fact it was full nine months ahead of race day for the 2017 edition!

Next up for Shelley Doucet will be the Boston Marathon, where she will go after the provincial marathon record, which is 2:47:26.