1. Name
Joel Gilcrist
2. When did you first start running?
Got properly serious about it in 2013 when I decided to take on the Run For The Kids. Before that, I just ran with the dog every now and then.
3. What is the best part of running for you?
Keeping healthy, showing myself that ‘I still can!’, time to unwind and setting a positive example for my kids.
4. Do you run with a watch, phone or naked?
Garmin Forerunner
5. What can’t you run without?
A clear goal
6. What is your most memorable run?
My first Run For The Kids. I spent a lot of time in the Royal Children’s Hospital growing up, from birth till I turned 17 and had always thought it would be good to be able to give back. I trained harder than ever before and also threw myself in fundraising, setting up an online page and also maintaining a blog of my training. I am a teacher at Yarragon Primary and we ran a medical dress up day to raise extra money. I can’t remember my exact time but I remember I ran strongly and a negative split and raised just under $2000 which I felt really proud of. Still one of the most meaningful things I feel I’ve done. 
7.Have you ever run in a costume?
We always used to run the Variety Santa Fun Run – about 3 or 4 years in a row.

8. What brand of shoes do you run in?
Always been Asics – started with GT1000s and moved onto Kayanos
9. Have you ever been injured?
My body constantly lets me down. Being fair I’ve beaten it up a fair bit! Main injuries that I have to train through are my ankle and back. I smashed my back on a school camp a while back and ended up with a bulging disc and before that, I broke my ankle in four places which have led to early onset arthritis around the talus and a lot of pain when ever I run.
10.Do you prefer running in Hot or cold weather?
HOT!!! Hate the cold, dark months! Quite happy to go and sweat it out!!

11. Do you prefer running in the morning or at night?
Warm summers mornings are gorgeous.
12. What is your running motivation? 
My incredible wife sets the bar pretty high and is always a huge source of motivation through the dedication she has to her training and all she has achieved. I also love my kids seeing us both go out running and think of it as normal to lead an active life.
13. Race I’d like to forget:
Definitely don’t want to forget any of them, however, I did a City to Sea run once that I was not as prepared for as I would like, the weather was horrible and Carolyn and the kids couldn’t come to watch so it wasn’t my favorite.
14. Favorite post run food:
Beer and a burger
15. Do you prefer running along the Flat or hills?
Like a nice run that has a bit of everything.
16. Do you prefer to run alone or with a partner or group (BawBawRunners):
Generally, I prefer to run on my own – going at my own pace with my own thoughts. I have enjoyed training with others at times though and would love to be able to train with my wife at some stage (if she promised to take it easy on me!)
17. What’s the next event on you running calendar?
Toronto Half Marathon – October 22. First HM! – http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/
18. What’s your running dream?
To still be out running as long as my dad – most active, fit and inspiring bloke I know!
19. Do you have any Pre-race routines? (night before or morning of)
Morning of; peanut butter sandwich, espresso, and water for breaky.
20. What is your typical night before the big run meal?
Just a carby meal like a baked potato or some pasta.
21. What’s the farthest you’ve ever run at one time?
15km is the furthest events that I’ve felt I could manage, but trying to push myself to tick off the 21.1km soon!