How to set a goal (when you just beat one)
Kristjana Britton placed third in the 2017 Intrepid Dezine Half Marathon, but she is no stranger to Manitoba Marathon: she finished third in 2016 and second in the same event in 2014 and 2015. This former Bisons track member is a pharmacist in Winnipeg working at the Children’s Hospital. She is a devoted runner, but also values travel – her last trip to Montréal gave her the opportunity to run up Mount Royal a number of times.
Why do you run?
When I was in grade school and university, I enjoyed the competitive aspect of running more. Now, I run because it allows me to be outside on a regular basis, and to clear my head of worries.
What do you do for cross-training? Do you focus more on it in the off season or do you keep it consistent all year?
I don’t really cross train on a regular basis (though I should). I enjoy biking in the summertime.
If you could run any race what would it be?
The Reykjavik Marathon or Half Marathon: the air is clean, the temperature is moderate, and the scenery is beautiful.
What is your favorite post-race meal or snack?
It depends on the time of day, but I do like chocolate milk.
What is your number one method for injury prevention?
Make sure to wear appropriately selected running shoes, with shoe grips in the wintertime.
What advice would you give to someone who has just started running?
I think my advice would depend on that person’s particular goals. If they were trying to incorporate running into a life routine, I would say to stay relaxed and ensure that they feel they are benefiting from both the physical and mental rewards that running provides. If they were looking to complete a particular race or event, I would encourage them to stick to their weekly schedule/ program and not to feel disheartened by occasional setbacks.
When you think about setting goals for yourself, what’s the process like? How far in advance do you try to plan for?
Now that I don’t run with a team, I find it difficult to be motivated to set personal goals. I like to set goals that I feel are readily achievable, and then to set additional ones once I surpass the original goals.
Do you have any pre-race rituals (food, organization, activities, etc.)?
In days leading up to a race, I like to sleep as much as possible and to stay hydrated.
What was the most challenging race you have ever completed and why?
In a time trial cross-country race, I broke my hand after hitting it on a post in the path. I finished the run, and then had to go to Pan Am clinic.
Do you have a personal running hero or mentor?
I admire my sister as a runner – she is a sprinter and a hurdler.