We found each other on Instagram and the rest is history ;). Melissa Doldron is a kick ass runner and boxer and does what I dream to do for living. In short I find her to be amazeballs and we both have superb dogs to run with. She motivates me to try harder and when I feel down she always seems to find the right words to make me feel that I’m not alone, basically I feel that even if we live a sea apart, she’s a dear friend! And we share the love for guacamole and burritos!! Girl you rock!!
Name, age, where you are from, what do you do
Melissa Doldron, 37, from Toronto, Canada
Why did you start to run?
I am a former competitive amateur boxer, and as a boxer you need to put in your road work to build your cardio, so you ran. I hated every moment of it. LOL.
After a shoulder injury, I couldn’t box for a year, so to keep in shape, I kept running. Then I got a dog, and too keep him happy (i.e.: tired), I kept running. 😉
What running has given to you?
SO MUCH! Health, happiness, physical challenges and more recently, a real sense of community. I started to stay in shape, then chose some goals and began to race, then I discovered and was welcomed into an amazing run community in my city where the true happiness for running began.
Goals when it comes to running?
To run happy and healthy for as long as physically possible! I love the thought of being 80+ years old and still running!
Favorite race/race memory?
Has to be my most recent race, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! I traveled and ran with ladies from my city, got to connect with run crews I’ve followed via social media, it was SO EMPOWERING! The weather, the race course, it sounds cliche, but it just felt magical the whole weekend. Plus, I had a PB!
Personal golden tip/motto when it comes to running?
Golden tip is to treat your body kindly and incorporate cross-training, stretching, self-care and treatment (massage/physical therapy/chiropractic treatments) for injury prevention and maintenance.
Motto: “You are your only limitation.”
Favorite running product?
I love my Nike GPS watch for timing my runs. My Nike Flyknit Free’s and I’m obsessed with funky run tights! it’s a serious problem. LOL!
Favorite thing (to do) outside of running?
Boxing is and will always be my true sport passion! I’m an artist and art lover, so I love galleries, shows, etc. I also love being outside: in nature, sunny warm weather, anything active! – esp with my dog Simba. I also love eating burritos. Haha!
Guilty pleasure, anything(music/food/drink/whatever) if you have?
GUACAMOLE….and burritos. It’s a problem. LMAO.
What inspires/motivates you?
Honestly, my friends. I have some of the best friends every who constantly provide inspiration, motivation, a shoulder to cry on or vent to! So many men and women smashing personal goals, whether with running, fitness, boxing, art, music, LIFE! I’m a lucky girl.
Current favourite book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A real page turner! I have SO many that I love. The Millennium Trilogy (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is also one of my favourites!
I love anything Nike for shoes! And Toms (I’m into comfort!)
Any city is full of amazing adventure if you look for it! I love visiting Crown Point in Tobago tho because it always feels like home.