Profile of Tom Fournier
Tom Fournier, 55 an enthusiastic club member is another addition to our list of runner and member profiles.
A police officer himself, a number of us first met Tom at the annual Police Officers Memorial Run as it ran though Brockville. In 2019 Tom joined the relay run in Brockville and continued on with the group to its final destination in Ottawa.
Tom started running competitively about 10 years ago in his mid 40s having used running as training for other sports up to that time.
Tom has a preference for distance running and has run a number of half marathons.
He trained for the Ottawa 2020 marathon, as his first, and as he recounts below was very disappointed when it went Virtual due to Covid-19. However, Tom did complete the 42.2K distance and based on the support he got from friends, the overall experience was one of Tom’s best.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?
I was born and raised in Brockville
How long have you been running?
On and off since I was a teenager, but I didn’t start competing in races until my mid-40’s.
I started running as training for other sports or activities and then I decided if I was going to run, why not try some races”
Do you run for fun or competitively?
For both. It didn’t start out that way. When I started running it was a punishment for me because I wasn’t fit enough or had to lose weight.
When I started back running it was for the relaxation and enjoyment. The competition started as a motivation to continue my training, and to better myself.”
Why do you run?
There are many reasons I run. I enjoy running, both solo and in groups. I find it relaxing and enjoyable, and a good way to relieve stress. Also, the running community is very supportive, positive and a lot of fun to be a part of.
Recent memorable running moment? Not necessarily in a race.
My most recent memorable race was the Virtual Marathon during the 2020 Ottawa Race weekend. It was my first marathon, and I started training with a group in December 2019 to prepare. I was the only member of the group at the time who had not run a marathon.
The COVID hit and cancelled all group activities and the race was changed to a virtual race. On the day I ran the marathon, my entire training group came out and set up water stations, rode their bikes beside me, made signs and cheered me on along the way.
Best running achievement?
2020 Ottawa Marathon
Greatest running disappointment ?
2020 Ottawa Marathon having to go virtual. I was so looking forward to it and I thought I was ready for it.
What is your favorite race distance? Why?
I don’t know that I have one favourite. I enjoy both the half and full. I should probably try the “Around the Bay” race in Hamilton and have the best of both!
A notable race moment or most memorable race?
2017 Army Run. I ran the Commander’s Challenge and I ran the first 5km race with both of my daughter’s
Why did you join BRRC?
I knew lots of people who had joined, and I think it is very important to have a running club in the community.
Also, I learn lots from others in the club on better training and enjoy training with other club members.
Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Yes, a couple of times. The main reasons are usually improper training. Either increasing speed or distance too quickly before your body is ready.
Another is not listening to my body. It’s better to rest than try to run through pain especially early in your program.
What is your favorite race?
I enjoy the Army Run. The crowd is always great and usually good weather.
What does your daily or weekly workout consist of?
I usually try to do at least 5 runs and 2-3 gym workouts. I have also learned how important stretching is.
Growing up I played a number of sports including, hockey, and rowing. I played men’s league hockey until COVID hit but I think it is time to retire.
Thanks Tom for your contribution. (TonyD)