1st July 2018
June has been an exciting month for Susie Chan with her first triathlon in a long time, some big runs mixed in with some smaller runs and some more brilliant commentating at events. Read on to be inspired…
1. Garmin Triathlon Paris – 1st July
Not one to limit herself to running, Susie took on the challenge of the Garmin Triathlon Paris. It had been two years since Susie took part in a triathlon and she was a little nervous, but did brilliantly!
The race consisted of a 1500m open water swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run. Anyone who follows Susie will know that cycling isn’t her favourite discipline, so hats off to her for negotiating the cobbled Paris streets at the beginning of the bike leg! She earned herself a fantastic Eiffel Tower themed medal for her efforts and met some lovely people along the way.
2. Elstead Marathon – 29th June
Susie took part in the Elstead ‘marathon’, which is in fact a 5.4-mile local race that’s been going since 1912. The route consisted of 5.4 miles along bumpy trails and through a river to the pub and attracts lots of local run clubs. A hot day for it, but Susie was perfectly kitted out in her Farnham Runners vest!
3. Marshalling for Farnham Runners – 27th June
Susie is always quick to lend a hand to help other runners, and she spent a lovely evening marshalling for the Farnham Runners Club Championship 10K Race.
She was in charge of handing out water and sponges to the runners on what was a glorious summer evening. There was some fantastic running and a sizzling BBQ to finish up with!
4. Plenty of running in between events…
Susie spends plenty of time in between races mixing up trail running, interval training at the track, speedwork, tempo runs, hot yoga and circuits, all to keep up her fitness and strength. She even made it back to parkrun (right) in June, which she loves and is always keen to support. She is looking forward to a summer of shorter and speedier runs after completing three ultras in three months. With the long days and summer sunshine it’s certainly been a great few weeks for running! And it’s good to hear Susie’s wise words: “Fast days, slow days, slower days, cross training…it’s all good training.”
5. Shrewsbury Half Marathon commentating – 17th June
With her incredible race experience, super smiley face and infectious enthusiasm, Susie is the perfect person to commentate at a race and encourage runners over the finish line! Susie commentated at Shrewsbury Half Marathon on 17th June, a picturesque race that takes in historic Shrewsbury as well as the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The event saw record numbers take part and feedback was hugely positive, with many commenting how professional and friendly the day had been. Susie particularly liked witnessing a marriage proposal at the end of the race (the answer was yes, but only once the lady in question had crossed the finish line!).
6. Titan Triathlon commentating – 16th June
Susie nipped over to Wales before heading to Shrewsbury, to commentate at the DB Max Titan Triathlon. The stunning but challenging race at Bryn Bach comprised a 1.2-mile swim, 60-mile bike ride and a half marathon run. Not for the faint hearted – but perfect inspiration for Susie heading to Paris later in the month for the Garmin Triathlon Paris! Of course, Susie made the most of the beautiful scenery by squeezing in a run whilst everyone was out on the bike…
7. Man v Horse – 9th June
Susie returned to Llanwrtyd Wells to take part in one of her favourite UK races, the Whole Earth Man v Horse – 22 miles of muddy, very hilly, boggy fun, as she puts it. This year she went with her hubby, running buddy Sophie Raworth and Iwan Thomas, the Welsh former European and Commonwealth 400m champion. The race puts 600 runners against 50 horses and this year saw the closest finish for a while, with one runner being pipped to the post by a horse by just 23 seconds! Despite the hills, Susie loves Man v Horse for being one of the friendliest races she has ever done, with chats, banter and encouragement all the way from fellow competitors.
8. ASICS Europe Blackout Track experiment – 6th June
Susie spent a fun day running around a 150m indoor track with Iwan Thomas as part of an ASICS Europe experiment. They ran the first 5K with lights on, cheering, music, timings and distance…and the second 5K with white noise, no data at all and a blackout track. Full data analysis from Portsmouth University will follow, but Susie was fascinated to contrast the two experiences. Interestingly she felt that the dark section was easier, even though she ran it 13 seconds slower. She also felt much calmer and more in control running the dark section, with even splits. A fascinating experiment about training the mind that we’re looking forward to hearing more about!
Watch the #ASICSBlackout Track – The Experiment here.
9. Sneak Preview…
Susie has announced that she will be running around a 400m track non-stop for 24 hours in September, at the Self Transcendence Race. She will be joining a selection of experienced ultra runners as they take on the physical and mental challenge of covering the greatest distance they can run in 24 hours, completing as many loops of the track as possible. We’ll keep you posted on this incredible challenge!