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Interview with BIX athlete Janine Canham

Janine Canham was born in London but grew up in Beirut and today calls Hong Kong her home. She is a COO for a global investment firm and loves spending her free time by going on long trail runs and bike rides. In 2019, at the age of 51, Janine completed an Ironman to her own surprise since she couldn’t swim properly till a couple of years ago. By beginning of 2020 Janine also accomplished the 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days challenge. She's an inspiring example that it is never too late to accomplish any athletic goals as long as you set your mind to it and keep practising the art of resilience. We are proud to have Janine as part of the BIX team!

1. Tell us 3 things about yourself that might surprise others

- My father is Lebanese and I lived in Beirut for 12 years as a child until the Civil War, hence my passion for helping RUN HK’s refugees

- I have teenage twins

- I parachuted once & landed on the top of the Army Air Corp shower block

2. Tell us about your running journey - how did you start running?

After having twins, I hired a personal trainer to help me get back in shape and he introduced me to running, so I was a late starter.

3. Quick overview of your nutrition plan for a 50k trail race - before, after, and during the race

Before: High carb drink the night before, oatmeal and banana in the morning. During: Dates, rice balls, salty potatoes, BIX, Tailwind and a couple of gel towards the end of the run. Depending on the race, I might rely on checkpoint food. If it’s a hot day, I will take salt tablets. After: BIX and a protein drink. 

4. Quick overview of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner during a typical training day

Breakfast: A typical day might be homemade granola. Lunch: Usually a salad. Snack: Fruit, a boiled egg for protein, BIX for hydration Dinner: Something vegetarian in the evening, or fish. After going on a running retreat with Scott Jurek about 5 years ago, I became mostly vegetarian.   If it’s a hard training day, I will also have a protein shake.

5. Your 3 most important recovery activities

OK, at my age, I have way more than 3 important recovery activities! BIX for hydration Rolling and stretching  Massages Magnesium oil Compression leggings Sleep

6. Overview of a typical training week

At the moment, as it is not racing season, I am doing:  1 tempo run 1 hill reps 1 run of approx. 21-25k 1 recovery run 1-2 bike rides 2-3 strength conditioning/running drills at Joint Dynamics 1 swim

7. What was your biggest athletic accomplishment?

My biggest personal accomplishment was completing a full Ironman last year, because I couldn’t swim properly until a couple of years ago and, if someone had told me that I would one day swim 4k, ride 180k and then run a marathon (at the age of 50+), I would NEVER have believed them. 

8. Your 3 running goals for 2020/ 2021

Depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, I was hoping to: (a) complete the Six Marathon Majors, having qualified for Boston (b) take part in the HK and Asia Masters Athletics Championships and (c) get a marathon PB FAST QUESTIONS: 1. Describe yourself in 3 words: Caring, adventurous, resilient 2. Favorite race? Everest Trail Race 3. Favorite running shoe? Nike Vaporfly for road 4. Your most important running gear? Shoes 5. Favorite snack/ gel during a run? Dates, Maurten gels 6. Are you a flat, uphill, or downhill runner? Jack of all trades, master of none! 7. Run in the cold or run in the heat? Cold but not freezing 8. Favorite racing distance? Multi-stage 9. Trail running idol? Veronika Vadovicova! It’s great to see a young newcomer to trail running absolutely smash the men and I love what she is doing building the ‘Asia Trail Girls’ community 10. Favorite trail? High Junk Peak in Clearwater Bay, because it’s where I hike with my kids and dogs 11. Strength workouts indoor or outdoor? Indoor strength training and running drill techniques at Joint Dynamics’ studio 12. A quote that you would put on a T-Shirt? “If I can do it, so can you!”

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