1st April 2018
We’re pleased to report that after a difficult few months, endurance runner Susie Chan is back on form wowing us with her running adventures and achievements! Susie has bounced back from her recent thyroid cancer diagnosis and the surgical intervention to have the tumour removed – go to her blog to read the story in her own words: Thyroid Cancer & Me.
Here is Susie’s March update, so sit back and continue to be inspired…
1. Preparation for her 4th Marathon des Sables
Susie has been doing daily heat training to prepare for the legendary Marathon des Sables, taking place 6th-16th April. This will be her second ultra of the year and her fourth time running this gruelling 6-day, 251km ultramarathon in the Sahara. She has been training at up to 40 degrees in Kingston University’s heat chamber to prepare for the desert – the countdown is definitely ON! Good luck Susie!
2. Training and hot yoga
In addition to her heat chamber training, March for Susie has involved a lot of hot yoga to keep supple and of course plenty of running.
For many runs, Susie has worn a weighted pack in order to prepare for carrying all her food, sleeping gear and survival kit on her back during the upcoming Marathon des Sables. She’s been tapering over the last few weeks and preparing for the big day which is almost upon us!
3. The Runner’s World London Peaks Relay – 24th March
Susie took part in the innovative new Runner’s World London Peaks Relay that required participants to run to the highest point in each of the 32 London boroughs within 24 hours. The race was designed to show that you don’t have to travel far for a running adventure, and the runners certainly had lots of fun running through undiscovered parts of London, past late-night revellers and handing over the ‘baton’ (or Runners World mobile phone) at the apex of each borough.
Susie took on the 15.8km Kingston to Merton leg at 3am with her running friend Cat Simpson, and the team completed the full 150.6 miles in 22:14:43. Mission accomplished – congratulations!
4. ASICS #IMoveMe Campaign – 19th March
Earlier this month Susie really enjoyed taking part in the latest #IMoveMe ASICS campaign, ‘Movement makes us happier’. As a Movement Ambassador, Susie tells us how running got her out of a rut and how it has both changed her life and made her a better parent. She also speaks about the importance of being mentally strong.
Watch Susie’s short video here.
5. Badwater Cape Fear – 17th March
Susie flew to America’s East Coast to take part in her first ultra of the year, the 51-mile Badwater Cape Fear on Bald Head Island. Held along the Atlantic Seaboard, the course boasts a spectacular natural setting of wild and secluded sandy beaches.
It was a significant race for Susie, being her first since she was unwell at the start of the year, and she put everything into it…so much so that she claimed her spot on the podium as 3rd placed female!! Awesome result Susie – and easily one of the coolest medals out there!
6. Train Smarter Podcast – 14th March
Susie was interviewed by runner and motivational speaker Luke Tyburski, of Kinetic Revolution, for Episode 48 of his Train Smarter podcast series.
Take a listen and be motivated by The Power of Running – Susie Chan tells her Inspiring Story.
7. International Women’s Day – 8th March
Susie was flattered to be invited to talk at Nike UK to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. She really enjoyed doing a talk, answering questions and meeting all the lovely staff. Susie certainly is a fantastic role model and a huge inspiration for females everywhere!
8. Lazy Girl Running podcast – 5th March
Another day, another podcast – this time Susie appeared, by popular request, in Episode 25 of Lazy Girl Running, in which she talks about running through deserts and for 50 miles on a treadmill. Find out more and listen to the podcast here.
9. Vitality Big Half – 4th March
Susie’s first race since her op was the inaugural Vitality Big Half in London, just three weeks after she left hospital. It’s clear how much it meant to her to be back running again and to be doing the thing she loves alongside 15,000 others. We’re delighted for you Susie – that’s a very well-earned medal (left) if ever there was one!
10. BBC Radio 5 Live – 28th February
While many people were snowed in, Susie was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fit & Fearless, discussing the benefits of cardio and talking about how she got the running bug aged 35. Take a listen for lots of sound advice about running and training – or why not listen for fantastic inspiration while you’re out running? Download from iTunes for free.
Just to clarify, the snow did nothing to stop Susie from running…in fact, she likened it to the sand she’ll be running in at the Marathon des Sables and got out training nonetheless!
We hope all the hard works pays off for Susie and we wish her all the best as she takes on her 4th Marathon des Sables!