Introducing Marie-France Noel a Mile2Marathon Athlete and regular at our Ottawa group workouts. Marie-France is a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service, mom of two boys and avid snowboarder. Once a halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding athlete, Marie-France now lives vicariously through her boys Ollie (9) and Kai (5) who both compete. This week we caught up with Marie-France to learn about what inspired her to get into running, how she fits it into her busy schedule, and much, much more. Thanks for taking the time to share with us, Marie-France !
When & Why did you get into running?
I got into running during the beginning of the pandemic. I live far from the gym, and some of my lady friends started running to stay in shape while other sporting activities were cancelled. It was a great way to get out of the house during those first isolating months. We started an online group to cheer each other on and the habit stuck. I remember my first run, it was 3 km of pure pain!
Over time, I noticed that running really eased my anxious mind. Along with the help of my doctor, running has really helped keep anxiety and depression at bay which has been a lifelong struggle for me. Did I mention that I like to compete with myself? I love PRs. It keeps me going.
How do you fit running into your life?
I make it a priority. In the summer, I try to fit it before the kids wake up. In the winter, I try to fit it during lunch time or after dinner and homework with the kids. Sometimes I’m alone with the kids at home and I have to run on the treadmill. I try to commit one day per week with a M2M group run. It really helps having a supportive husband to watch the kids for those long runs or the weekly group runs.
Why did you start with M2M?
I eventually started with M2M after treating my boys to the M2M Minis program. I knew the adult version was much more developed. I knew it was time to invest in myself and do something I love. I joined I. The hopes of making new running friends that run at my pace. I’m a bit shy, so please do say hi!! I tend to overthink my training, so having a supportive coach to guide me along my race journeys was the best gift I could give myself.
Best running advice you’ve been given?
I secretly hate hills. This is where everyone passes me. However, I’ve learnt that hills are the best speed tool in disguise. Embrace the hills and they will give you amazing views… and the speed! Make your easy runs slow and enjoy the journey!
The person that inspires you in running, sport or life?
In running, Malindi Elmore! Badass Canadian Olympian mom over 40. Amazing, right? Women in sport need more recognition. Support our women athletes by supporting their brand sponsors.