Joel Newman has been an Anti Social Running Member since its inception. Consistently cracking the top 5 in overall kilometers each week within our Strava Club. Relatively new to the sport, he’s been crushing big races including the Canadian Death Race. Let’s learn more about the guy!
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Joel Newman, 36 years old, from Edmonton, AB. I’m a Welder/Electrician. I like watching Connor and Leon score OT winners. Fantasy football, road trippin to mountains and the PNW.
Loyal to the Oil, baby. How long have you been running and how many events did you participate in? Also, what are your favourite types of events?
I’ve been running consistently for about 5 years. I’ve ran 9 events (all in the past 2 years). 6 were Spartan obstacle races. Favourite events are Ultra Marathons, for sure.
What is your main motivation when running?
I run because it keeps me feeling balanced and healthy. Both mentally and physically.
What do you enjoy most about running?
The most enjoyable part of running is that you can do it anywhere. I really prefer trail. And love the adventures finding new trails to run.
Oh yeah, you’re definitely a big trail runner guy! What do you not like about running?
I don’t like DNF’s. I’m on a “No DNF” program and so far it’s been perfect 🤞
You mentioned you’ve been running consistently for 5 years now. What would you say are your biggest achievements as a runner so far?
Biggest achievement would be finishing the Canadian Death Race in all the mud last year.
Canadian Death Race… woof! That’s impressive. Have you been injured before?
I haven’t really been injured but I’ve definitely been hurt haha. I find continuing to work the area rather than fully stop to rest (stretch, roll) really helps.
Do you have any advice on how to avoid injuries?
Warmup and stretch regularly. Listen to how you feel during the warmup.
Other than your running shoes, what is the most important running gear you own?
My vest haha. Eliminating all things annoying is essential to enjoy running. My vests do that for me.
What is your take on meals before, during and after a race?
I think the biggest thing with nutrition and fuel is to test it in your training and keep to the things that work for you.
Do you have a memorable running experience/story to share with us?
I met a local legend while running a Spartan Race. I saw Levi Ellis sucking back yellow mustard like gel lol
If you could give a single piece of advice to new runners what would it be?
Don’t compare your progress or stats to anyone else and don’t try to rush the progress. It’s a process and it takes time. Be consistent and have fun with it!
Be sure to follow Joel’s adventures on Instagram!