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Christine Blanchette wants her students to become better runners and to understand the sport better. In addition to group runs, her classes also feature guest speakers.

Getting up to speed with Christine Blanchette

I’m up to my old tricks. A few days ago I traded in my gym clothes for pajamas. I spent…

By Rebecca Cheung , in The Long Run: Sisters in training , on March 16, 2010 Tags: , , , ,

I’m up to my old tricks.

A few days ago I traded in my gym clothes for pajamas. I spent the weekend on the couch, catching up on TV and sleep.

I’ve lost my motivation. More importantly, the need to humiliate my sister this summer isn’t as intense as it once was.

I need professional help.

For this reason I recently met with Christine Blanchette, a running instructor with UBC Rec.

Christine Blanchette wants her students to become better runners and to understand the sport better. In addition to group runs, her classes also feature guest speakers.

Blanchette has been teaching courses at UBC for almost three years. This will be her seventh year as a Sun Run clinic coordinator. She’s successfully coached runners at every level, from beginner to marathoner.

However, it’s her imperfect beginnings that I found most impressive.

Blanchette admits that she wasn’t always a disciplined runner. She took up the sport after years of minimal athleticism.

“I wasn’t even into fitness,” she said. “I was always picked last for teams.”

With a friend’s encouragement, Blanchette began running in 1999. Soon after, she graduated from five kilometre races to half marathons. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2005.

She is proof that the past doesn’t always dictate the future.

In fact, Blanchette has encountered many amateurs who have gone on to conquer running.

“I’ve had people [in my class] who have never ran before,” she said. “You see them grow. It’s a wonderful thing.”

This is good news for novice runners. There might be hope for me after all.

Stay tuned for this Thursday’s post when I blog about Blanchette’s tips for running success.

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