Susie Chan Update – October 2017

1st November 2017

Susie Chan Chicago Marathon

October was a memorable month for Susie as it saw her earn her biggest and most impressive medal yet! It was also the first month since Susie finished her 9-5 job, so we couldn’t wait to find out what she’s been up to…read on to be impressed and inspired!

Susie Chan Runner's World1. Runner’s World magazine cover and feature

Susie was delighted to be the cover star of the November issue of Runner’s World. A huge achievement for any runner, it shows just how respected Susie is in the world of running, and how if you really believe in something you can do it! The magazine featured a fantastic interview with Susie as well as advice from lots of other professionals to help runners achieve their goals.

2. Blog on Strava of London Classics – 2nd October

In September Susie completed the London Classics (Ride London, London Marathon and Swim Serpentine) and, in her own words, earned a ‘humdinger of a medal’! Read Susie’s blog on Strava that tells us what it was like getting completing all three disciplines and entering the coveted Hall of Fame. Fabulous effort, Susie!

3. Blog on XNRG – 5th October

Susie Chan Marathon des SablesNow a member of the XNRG coaching team, Susie wrote a brilliant blog on how to recover from running an ultra. Covering all the essentials from nutrition and hydration to ice baths and sleep, Susie’s top tips come from plenty of experience running ultra marathons and will really help your body to recover…until the next one!

4. Run Ultra projects

Talking about ultras, Susie will be working with Run Ultra on some exciting projects on their platform. She will be writing blogs, vlogging and chatting about all things ultra on what has become the world’s fastest-growing ultra running community. Keep posted for more info!

5. Sponsorship deals confirmed

October really marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter as Susie confirmed sponsorship with Greenacre Capital, Breathe Unity and Intersport. The announcement came just a few weeks after leaving her full-time job and allows Susie to focus on her big passion, running! Read more about what these sponsorships mean to Susie and how they will influence her future as a dedicated sportswoman.

6. Chicago Marathon – 8th October

Susie Chan Chicago Marathon World Marathon MajorsSusie completed the Chicago Marathon, the last of her World Marathon Majors! A phenomenal achievement, Susie very proudly became a Six Star Finisher and earned herself her most impressive medal to date, to reflect completion of the big six marathons: London, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Boston and Chicago. A particularly sweet achievement given she was under the weather on the day – but this was one race not to be missed! Congratulations, Susie! Watch Susie’s video of Chicago here.

On another note… Susie ran the Chicago Marathon with her long-term running buddy Sophie Raworth. Read here how the two became friends and how they embarked on the World Marathon Majors together. An inspiration to us all!

Susie Chan Sophie Raworth Chicago Marathon

7. Detroit Marathon – 15th October

…and while she was there, why not do another one! Susie topped off a great few days across the pond by completing the Detroit Free Press Marathon (formerly the Motor City Marathon), which takes runners from the US into Canada and back. She praised the beers, bridges and superb support, and earned a very cool medal with the Canadian and US flags on the ribbon.

8. New Balance launch party – 16th October

Susie attended the New Balance launch party to celebrate New Balance becoming the Official Clothing and Footwear Sponsor of the Virgin Money London Marathon. A big fan of the London Marathon herself, where she paced the sub 4-hour group in 2017, Susie was the ideal guest for this gathering to celebrate the capital’s biggest running event.

9. England Athletic coaching course – 29th October

Susie Chan Rochester CastleSusie completed an England Athletic coaching course, an intense and fascinating course that gave her an official coaching qualification. This means that Susie will be able to coach to a UK Athletics standard, which is a perfect and very natural next step for her. Susie found it really interesting to learn toolkits and infrastructure to complement her running knowledge…and she also found time (of course) to go for a run round Rochester Castle in between lessons!

10. Life since giving up the day job…

Susie ChanIt’s been over a month since Susie left her job at the museum and we couldn’t wait to find out how her life has changed and whether she’s missing the run commute. Susie reports that life has been busy! She was travelling for the first two weeks (Chicago and Detroit marathons), and returned to the UK after not being well and trying to catch up on writing and emails.

The great news is that Susie has picked up her training again, which is a joy now she doesn’t have to juggle a 9-5. Anyone following her social feeds will have seen beautiful shots of autumn runs which are enough to make us lace up on own running shoes! Susie has also entered one last marathon (the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon) to see the year out – full report in our next update!