Scott Hendrickson came in first place in the Overlander Marathon in Yellowknife earlier this month, moving up one spot from his second place finish in the same race last year.
“It felt good to come in first,” he told The Hub. “Especially after last year.”
Hendrickson said that although his time was better last year, this year’s finish – at 2:28:19.7 for 42.2 kilometres of running – was won in a tougher race. He said he may have won last year if he hadn’t gotten lost along the route.
“This year there was a cyclist leading the whole thing,” he said.
If the cyclist to follow helped, Hendrickson said the hills, a few quite steep ones in the last 10 kilometres of the race, and the wind were what caused his slower time, noting that everyone seemed to have a harder time this year.
The 24 year old, said he started running marathons about five years ago in Ontario. With a track and field background, moving up to longer distance running made a lot of sense for him when he aged out of most track programs and meets.
His training regimen typically includes running longer distance early in the cycle, but shorter and more intense runs toward the end. Hendrickson said a perk of marathon training is the four days just before the race when he stops running altogether to rest properly and carb-load for extra energy.
“It’s pretty cool. You just eat a lot of whatever you want for a few days,” he said.
But running marathons, and training for them, is just as much about mental strength as it is physical, he said.
“Everyone wants to quit after 30 kilometres,” he said. “It gets hard, and you have to convince yourself that you need to finish.”
Hendrickson said it’s the thought of people waiting for him at the finish line that keeps him going, more than anything. The best part is getting to meet all kinds of people at different races, he said. With more races – potentially in Vancouver or Toronto – coming up this October, he said he looks forward to the next stop on the circuit.
“Some are there to race, and some are there just to finish,” he said. “Everyone is always really nice and friendly, and you meet so many different kinds of people. It’s just great.”