A Resolution to succeed

On January 1, 2018, Selene Sharpe made the bold resolution to run her first full marathon. A soccer player since age five and a runner since eight, she has spent a lifetime being led to success by coaches. But for this goal, she appointed that role to herself, independently working her way through a marathon training guide. The 18-year-old used the lessons from her cross country and track experience and made it happen: Selene placed second female in the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Full Marathon.  When she isn’t dedicating her time to running, you will find Selene celebrating her first love, music, as a voice major at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. The youngest of three children, parents Brian and Patti always encouraged them to try different sports and live an active life (her sister Hailey also finished top five for women in the Intrepid Dezine Half Marathon).  Selene spends what’s left of her free time with friends and family, spending time outside and cooking.

Why do you run?

I love to run.  When I’m out running, I feel a sense of calm and connection to my surroundings and it gives me time to reflect on myself and things going on in my life.  I also love to see what I’m capable of: I always feel the most strong and confident when I’m out running.

What was the most personally challenging race you have ever run and why?

I can’t think of a specific race, but there was definitely a point in high school when I put a lot of pressure on myself and wasn’t performing as well as I would have liked.  I felt very anxious before races and it was definitely hard to overcome, but I think focusing on personal goals rather than comparing myself to others has benefitted me a lot.

What is your favourite post-workout snack?

I prefer to run in the morning, so when I get back I love to have poached eggs, toast and fruit.  I also love peanut butter, bananas, and oatmeal as a post or pre-run meal.

What is your number one method for injury prevention?

Lots of stretching! I try to stretch 15 minutes every day, and always make sure to stretch after a run or workout.

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell yourself when you first started running?

I think just to enjoy the different challenges that come with the sport, and to be competitive without comparing myself too much to others.

What does race morning look like to you?

I like to give myself enough time to eat, stretch, and hydrate before I run. I’ll usually wake up and have oatmeal and a banana, then get ready and do a dynamic warmup and stretch before heading out.

What is your number one “get pumped up for a great run” song?

I don’t usually listen to music while I run or very often beforehand, but if I do, my go-to is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.

Do you have a running role model or someone who keeps you going with your training?

My family keeps me most motivated.  We’re all pretty competitive but we also have a lot of fun playing games and doing activities together.  I also really admire runners like Jordan Hasay and Colleen Quiqley because they are not only incredible athletes, but also really positive and humble on social media and in interviews.

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