Peggy Gordon is running the half marathon this year at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon as part of Team CBC. Originally from Sydney Mines, Peggy has lived in Methuen, Massachusetts for the past 10 years. This is Peggy's second year as part of Team CBC.
Q: How did you get involved in running?
A: I had always been athletic growing up, but after moving to Methuen my love of running developed almost by accident. I work with emotional and behaviourally challenged children/adults who, in addition to their anger problems, often have poor diet habits and are not very active. I started running with a few of them to encourage them to deal with their anger and anxiety in healthy safe ways, as well as promote a healthier lifestyle overall. I found that they responded exceptionally well to shorter community road races and being part of something larger than themselves. In the process, I too became hooked and realized that running helped me deal with the stress of my job and eventually it became a huge part of my life.
Q: Is this your first time running in a distance event?
A: No, I normally do about two to three half marathons a year, as well as numerous shorter races with friends. The Blue Nose is a family favourite however! I am from a large family (I am number eight of 10 kids), so a good number of us meet in Halifax for the Blue Nose every year (sisters, nieces and nephews, and friends from high school etc.) and we encourage each other whatever distance we choose.
Q: Have you ever run a marathon/half marathon/10K/5K before? What is your training routine?
A: I have only done half marathons. With my work schedule I have found it hard to commit to the training that a marathon would require (but it is on my bucket list!). I run about 30 miles a week averaging about 10 miles per run. I do a lot of cross training/weights and fitness classes as well.
Q: What challenges are you facing in your training on the way to the Blue Nose?
A: My biggest training obstacle is typically my work schedule. I do two to three overnight shifts a week (24 hour shifts) and being tired often increases my pace time.
Q: They say that reaching the finish line at a race is an enormous feeling of accomplishment after all your hard work. Can you describe that feeling crossing the line and what is means fulfilling a personal goal running a race?
A: Crossing the finish line regardless of the distance of the race instills a feeling of confidence! I set a goal and I finished it! In a world where people find it so easy to give up or quit, the finish line in a race is personal victory. And when you have friends and family cheering you on, you know you are loved and life is good! The Blue Nose is especially rewarding because I get to see family and friends all weekend and we accomplish something together! Every year we have more people join in, it's awesome! :)
Q: Why did you join Team CBC?
A: Growing up in Nova Scotia, CBC was a big part of staying up to date with the latest news. Last year, when I discovered there was a CBC team it was like my own little window into what was happening back in Nova Scotia (which is important when you are so far away from home). I was inspired by all the encouragement, positive energy and support given to the members and wanted to be part of it, even if I was 750 miles away! I love reading what is going on, hearing about the weather, seeing what training activities are planned and knowing that there are other people as excited as I am about the race. CBC makes me feel a little closer to home and that is priceless!