How to get Race Ready for the Emera Blue Nose Marathon
Top Tips from Richard Van Horne, Disability Team Lead and Member of Team Myles
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on May 15, 2023
Richard is based in Dartmouth, where he lives with his wife of 18 years, Jennifer, their children Carson, 14, and Charlea, 11, and their dog Leo. Though he studied science and engineering at university, Richard has spent his entire career in insurance, starting as an Independent Insurance Adjuster, working alongside his father, and later moving into the disability sector. Richard now leads a team of Disability Claims Specialists who manage claims for MBC’s group clients. Outside work, he coaches his daughter’s basketball team, plays hockey, golfs, mountain bikes and woodworks, and enjoys camping.
Q. When did you take up running and why?
A. I took up running in early 2007 when I was in my very early 30s. I had been athletic and into sports for most of my life, but that changed when those sports ended. A friend of mine encouraged me to run in the 2007 Blue Nose half marathon. I trained and completed, and it felt great to have a goal, work towards it and accomplish it.
Q. What do you like most – and least – about running?
A. What I like most is the feeling of being active, feeling more energetic, stronger, and now, setting an example of a healthier lifestyle for my kids.
What I like least is the initial struggle it takes to get in shape so that running is easier. It’s so tough to start, and I understand why people will quit, but once you get in good enough shape, running isn’t as exhausting/difficult as at the beginning.
Q. What, for you, are the biggest health benefits of running?
A. For me, it is weight control and blood pressure control. I tend to put on weight when I am inactive, and my blood pressure must be prescription controlled. That is not the case when I remain active.