Reebok Team Canada:
Mandy's Journey Running 304km to Niagara Falls
Mandy Gill has become a master at broadening her athletic expertise and taking on new challenges. She is an entrepreneur of fitness, competed six years as a Regional CrossFit athlete, and took on 78.2 km in the Run Disney Dopey Challenge this past January. As a Reebok ambassador, she has been invited to lace up her sneakers again and prepare for the Reebok Ragnar Relay May 18th-20th to Niagara Falls.
Of course, Mandy has pushed herself in unbelievable ways to consistently prove her strength and endurace. This event is no exception. The Ragnar Relay is a new, unique experience of long distance running in which Mandy’s training starts now.
“There’s a song verse that keeps playing in my head – ‘It’s the miles that make a (wo)man’ by Dierks Bentley. This verse is really energizing me, especially as I found out his wife completed the Boston Marathon this past weekend.” Mandy Gill reveals. With the nerves creeping up on her, she starts to think about the unfamiliarity that’s to come:
'Am I training too much, or too little?'
'Who is on my team?'
'I don't know any of these people I'll be living in a van with'
'I sleep 8 hours every night - how do I train to run through the night?'
Then focuses to remember: Mindset. Is. Everything.
'I love the creativity that flows when I run'
'I am capable of anything'
Training has begun at the tempting time of feasting. “On Easter Sunday, 33 days out from the race, I found myself running by houses that had their doors open. I could smell the cooking of family Easter brunches wafting onto the street. As time passed it turned into the smell of Easter dinner. And at the end of it, 18km complete...followed by some dark chocolate Easter eggs” Gill proceeded.
Her current training regimen includes combining 5 runs per week (both trails and road runs), weight lifting, explosive body weight movements, and yoga for restorative practice. Training at 6am, in between MGM clients during the day; and sometimes until the sunsets!
What is her current inspiration?
Iron Cowboy Podcast. Listening to James Lawrence who has accomplished 50 triathlons, in 50 days, in 50 states is incredible. That’s 3.86km of swimming, 180.25km on a bike, and a full 42.2km marathon, every single day.
What is the Reebok Ragnar Relay?
Here’s what we do: 304KM, 12 teammates, overnight running relays that take place in the most breathtaking places in the world. Teams come together to conquer a course over two days and one night, and push their limits, on little amounts of sleep, with friends and a community of runners by their side.
Your Ragnar experience is as competitive as you make it. Rally your team and battle the other teams in your division for the top ranking, or simply make it your goal to cross the finish line together! Ragnar is about coming together and accomplishing something we could never do alone. From an elite runner to the generally active individual, Ragnar is the perfect race for anyone.