Meet Tegan, a Vancouver student and RUNVAN® youth ambassador. Tegan was introduced to running four years ago through a class at school. New to running, she ran her first half marathon, the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon and had a blast.
Thanks to the running club at her school Tegan has also run the Amica Seattle Half Marathon, the First Half Marathon and the Scotiabank Half Marathon. Her current goal is to complete 6 Half Marathons before her 18th birthday.
Tegan’s favourite running partner is her small dog, they both love getting out in nature and trying new routes. Outside of school and running, Tegan plays Ultimate Frisbee and loves making ice cream.
Take us back to the first time you ran your first race or RUNVAN® event. What was it like? How long ago was it? What do you think has changed since then in the Vancouver running scene?
The first RUNVAN® event I took part in was the 2018 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. As my first half marathon, I was more than terrified. Butterflies in my stomach and a pounding in my head I took off on the beginning of a new fitness journey. Running.
Since my first race was only last year, not much has changed in the Vancouver running scene.
Name a few of your favourite places to run in Vancouver or your home city. Why do they stand out for you?
I love to run on the sea wall, not only is it flat but a great way to catch all the amazing mountains, oceans, and forests Vancouver offers. I also enjoy runs in my neighbourhood around where I live, it’s a great way to get a break from the busyness of life.
Running is a great way to see the world. Of all the places you’ve traveled to, whether it be for competition or for pleasure, which was your favourite spot to run in and why?
A few of years ago when I first began running I realized the joy of exercising while on vacation. While in Hawaii, one very early morning I went for a run on the beach, it still wasn’t too hot or muggy and the breeze off the ocean was amazing.
What is your pre-race routine?
Sleep sleep and more sleep. I make sure I eat breakfast at least two hours before race start. I have learned the hard way of what happens when you don’t give your body enough time to digest.
Pay it forward: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a parent, coach, or mentor about running? Or got your own advice? Share it with us!
Stretch. Stretch even when you think you don’t need to. Stretch in line, stretch in the car. The more chances you give your muscles to adapt post-exercise, the better.