Melissa Doldron

Sunday, January 17, 2016

We have been on a bit of a forced break BUT that break is over now. 2016 is going to be an exciting year filled with running, there will be new things added to the blog. For now lets go back to basics... 

Q. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do for a living?
Living and working in Toronto, Canada. I'm a self professed sports nut, runner, former boxer, Registered Sports Massage Therapist and Fascial Stretch Therapist. 

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?
The million dollar question! Do we ever really have total balance? I work non-traditional hours for work, and often work on the weekends. So I really have to get creative with fitting in my runs and workouts. The key for me is getting it in whenever I can. 5 or 10 min is all I have? Fine, I maximize that 10 min. 

Q. When and why did you start running?
I did a little running in grade school, but past high school, I was "too cool" to sweat, and had a typical party lifestyle in college.

I put on some weight and realized I needed to make a change. I signed up for a kickboxing class at school and my life was changed! I fell in love with combat sports. 

I ended up finding my way to a boxing gym after that class ended and part of a boxers training is road work. ie: RUNNING. I hated it. But kept at it. A shoulder injury ended my boxing career early, but I decided to keep running to stay in shape.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?
Health, happiness and community. Exercise is medicine. I'm healthiest and happiest when I'm moving my body. Also, it truly helps having a run community to lean on for the tough times. That's where my Parkdale Roadrunners fam comes in. By racing, or running for community/charity events, it keeps you pushing yourself. 

Q. What is the longest distance you have ran?
21.1km. 3 half marathons are under my belt.

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?
Honestly, I don't even think about it. I just lace up and go. Again, ever since joining the Parkdale Roadrunners, running weekly with the crew has helped keep me honest.

Q. What do you think about the lack of exercise among the youth?
Where do I begin... It's truly an epidemic. Every parent out there needs to take serious thought into what promoting a sedentary lifestyle is going to do to their kids down the road. General health and fitness doesn't have to be expensive, kids just need to move and play. Every damn day.

Q. What was your best running experience?
Running the Nike Women's Half in Washington, DC with my girlfriends.

Q. What was your worst running experience?
My first half marathon. I was unprepared.

Q. How do you push through the pain?
A lot of positive self-talk. And a few tears.

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?
Strength train, work on core and hip strength, start slow and easy, go by time and feel in the beginning.

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?
Twitter/Instagram: melissad_rmt

My best running shoes is … Nike Lunaracer

I love running because … it constantly challenges me

Injury is … hell

My body is … exuberant 

My running playlist has … a bit of Beiber, a bit of Kendrick, a lot of Beyonce!

I hate running when … it's raining 

Pain is … perception 

The road … cannot conquer me

Sweat is … delicious

In future, I would like to run … around the world

Indie means … independence

I do not like runners who … boast about their speed and times


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