BEGINNINGS: I started running in 2000. I just wanted to get in good shape and have a goal to look forward to after so many kids! They're 11, 12, 14 and 15.
MOTIVATORS: There was an article in the paper that said, 'If you've ever dreamed of running a marathon, do it for us, the Arthritis Society.' It was in Dublin, Ireland, so that's what I did. It was October 2000. I started a 16-week training program through the Arthritis Society. They provided a trainer and coach for the whole group. My next marathon is for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Dec. 11th. The hardest thing with doing these marathons is the fundraising. For this marathon, I have to raise $6,000. I'm at about $2,000. If people want to help out they can contact the diabetes association themselves and just say they want to give a donation in my name. My staff sergeant, Dick Shantz, actually has diabetes, so I'm running in honour of him.
BOOSTERS: Being a police officer, you have to be physically fit. And running is a great time to just get out and relax, spend quality time. It's easy to do, it's inexpensive. Especially with the shift work, I find that when you work out you feel better and you're healthier so you're not as tired and fatigued. I don't get the full eight to 10 hours like you're supposed to, but I still have really good energy so I chalk that up to working out.
TRAINING: We're just kind of starting into the training (for the marathon) so we do a short run a week, hills or speed training once a week. We're up to 13 kilometres now in our long runs per week. The Running Room group goes every Thursday night and Sunday morning. I do that but if I'm working or doing shift work, then I just fit it in on my own time, before work or after, depending on what the shift is. And I work out at the Mill Woods station, usually on the elliptical trainer, just a bit of a break on your knees. It's nice for cross training, instead of that constant pounding on your knees.
ROUTES: Any route in the river valley.
PREFERENCES: I usually have a friend I run with all the time. I like to chat. It passes the time.
HIGH & LOWS: Dublin was great. You meet people from all over the world, hear other people's stories. My time was four and a half hours. Completing that one and crossing the finish line was amazing. A low: sometimes when you're trudging out there and the weather is just crappy and you know you have to do 20 miles or whatever. But once you get out there, you usually feel better.
GEAR: I seem to always use Saucony. They have great arch support. And I used to use a heart-rate monitor, but I went scuba diving, wore my watch and blew it up so I haven't bought a new one.
NAME: Jennifer Hanon
OCCUPATION: Constable with Edmonton police, mom of four
HOMETOWN: Aldergrove, B.C.; Edmonton for five years