We spoke to Compressport athlete – Emilie! Let’s hear all about this running mum-to-be’s running story!
How would you introduce yourself to the running community?
My name is Emilie Tan, I am a French Canadian-Australian runner, very soon mum to be (38.5 weeks along!) :-) I've been living in Singapore since July 2015.
When did you first pick up running, at what age and what inspired you to do so?
I have been running pretty much all my life. I used to run to and from school when I was a child - just to save time. I did track in high school and was pretty good at it but decided to concentrate on short track speed skating on ice. In October 2014 I ran my first marathon (Melbourne Marathon and totally got the bug), I have not stopped since then (except right now as I am very pregnant!), racing all distances from 5km to 100km (the longer the better for me!
I just love running, I feel it just comes so naturally and I can do it pretty everywhere I am.
What is your favourite running quote?
I have two:
To give anything less than your best is no sacrifice the gift
- Steve Prefontaine
Hills are your friend!
- Craig Percival
Your favourite running route?
In Singapore, I love to run from my house (in Serangoon Gardens) to MacRitchie Reservoir then go through Macritichie to Bukhit Timah Hill where I can do a bunch of repeats :-)
Favourite running route ever though is the Two Bays Trail down in the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
Which is your dream race?
Western States 100 and Badwater 135
Your preferred running brand?
Your preferred running brand? Compressport of course! I am a huge believer in Compression garments especially to help diminishing muscular fatigue during an ultra and also help with recovery after a race or hard training. I also wear compression sleeves when I fly back to either Australia or Canada/USA or fly to compete in races.
What do you think is the greatest reward you've gotten from running yet?
The amazing community of people I am connecting with around the world. I also appreciate the focus and motivation it gives me in other areas of my life.
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