Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? We’ll be featuring guest bloggers that have a passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll and inspire us by their dedication and commitment to the sport of running.
Today’s post comes to us from guest contributor Brian Webb based in Vancouver, BC. In addition to being an avid runner and Rock ‘n‘ Blog Ambassador, he is also Canada’s leading gay blogger on North American homoculture. With a passion for healthy living, he constantly strives to help others reach their goals.
My dad always inspired me to lead a healthy lifestyle. He was very active, always running, cycling, going to the gym, and hiking. He was incredibly fit and healthy, and it was especially important for him after he found out he had diabetes. In 2005 I casually started running, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I ran my first 10k race. It took me another two years before run my first half marathon. I was working in the amateur sport sector, motivated by the high performance athletes and wanted to push myself as a runner. The following year, BMO Vancouver Marathon challenged me to run a full marathon. I never thought there’d be a day that I could run 42.2km, let alone complete five so far, with two more lined up for 2014. Running, going to the gym, and living a very healthy, active lifestyle is part of who I am.
I’m running the half marathon at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Vancouver Half Marathon and 44th Annual Cunningham Seawall 10K, and hoping that it will keep me accountable over the summer to continue with long distance training! I don’t typically run in the summer because of my incredibly packed travel schedule, my full time job, blogging, and working out at the gym. Training plays an important part in my life, keeping me on a schedule and more importantly, a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a 3:30 pace group lead for the marathon distance, I am held accountable to regularly be at training sessions, and to share my wealth of knowledge of running long distance.
Fun facts about Brian:
- Races under his belt: five full marathons, 12 half marathons, and dozens of 10k’s and 5k’s throughout his running career over the past four years.
- Every Monday on Brian’s blog, homoculture.ca, Brian shares valuable training tips for marathon runners, to help improve their game and reach their marathon goals.