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May 1, 2017
I just turned 27 years old and I was born in Toronto, Ontario. I moved to Victoria BC when I was nine years old and joined the military when I turned 17. During my high school years I excelled in running and was MVP at Lambrick Park High School for two years in a row.
When I was 16 years old I ran the Mill Bay 10k in 37:55. The same year I ran the Cedar 12k in a time of 45:25.
After leaving the military I started raising money from private investors in order for the companies to expand. I now work for a law firm (HART Legal) and a retail store that is franchising (Bon Macaron.) It’s a lot of fun!
I was wounded in 2009 in the military and I had to take a few years off running. I got back into running in 2014 but I was never as good as I was before the injury. When I was an excellent runner I weighed around 160 pounds. In the 5 years I stopped running I spent a lot of time weight lifting and eating more than before, and went up to 205 pounds. I am back below 200 pounds now and my goal is to get to 180 pounds so that I can start running longer distances again. An extra 40 pounds is a lot of extra weight to carry over 10K.
It’s really hard. I set aside at least an hour a day to exercise. This doesn’t always have to be running. I also enjoy weight lifting and ju-jitsu.
It can be hard when I am travelling to places such as Los Angeles or Toronto for HART Legal to maintain a proper exercise plan. When I was in Edmonton and it was -25 degrees outside, I had to settle for running on a treadmill. Likewise, when I was in Las Vegas last summer, it was 45 degrees. It would have been hard to run for longer than 5 minutes in that heat without going down from heatstroke.
I also try and watch what I eat while I travel. Instead of eating fast food, I will make my way to a grocery store to stay consistent with my diet. If I can’t get to a grocery store, I will settle with going to healthier fast food options. My three favorites are Subway, Jugo Juice and Booster Juice.
I am hoping I can be in town for the Oak Bay Half Marathon on May 28th. I ran it in 2015 in 1:28:36. I messed up in the race by not training properly. During the race, I was on track to come in around 1:26 until the 18K mark. I hadn’t run more than 15K in practice and I assumed the adrenaline of the race would carry me the last 6K. I was wrong! At the 18K mark I completely burnt out and 5 runners passed me before the finish line.
Please like the HART Legal and Bon Macaron Facebook page. I post often on there. If you have Linkedin you can also add me at “Alistair Vigier.”