Name: Corey Bellemore
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Sport: Track & Field
Years in the sport: Competitively for approx 10 years
How did you get started in running?
My parents were runners when I was growing up so I was often biking next to them on their runs. Seeing them run, made me want to do it too. When I was young I was constantly racing my dog and brother in the backyard..and other times, I was racing away from my parents if I was in trouble. One day after school in grade 1, my dad picked up my sister, brother and I. As we were driving past the cross country team’s after school practice caught my attention. I remember asking my dad if he thought I could do that one day. Without hesitation he said, “Of course, I think you’d be good at it.” And that’s how my parents have always been – supportive, and encouraging. Anyways, I joined my school team come grade 2 and ran cross country and track all throughout grade school. Then, in the summer going into grade 7, I attended the University of Windsor track & field camp. I met a lot of great athletes like Jamie Adjetey-Nelson, Osi Nriagu, and Hannah Garton (formerly Eberhard) just to name a few. That camp showed me that competitive sports can be fun and gave me the bug to pursue it further. That next year, I joined Windsor Legion Track & Field Club where Gary Malloy was my main coach. During my early years there I also had further help and guidance from a few university athletes like Dave Weston, Nikki Reiter (formerly Nolte), Dave Diepiero and Kurt Downes. From there on, I have been competing in the sport and more importantly, keeping the enjoyment higher as the years go on.
Goals for the next year?
Stay healthy, train consistently, race consistently and see what times come of that. I believe as long as you’re training smart, listening to your body and enjoying the balance of sport & life, good things will come.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hard to say. A lot changes year to year. I try to enjoy what I have while I have it. With that being said, I could be running still, I could be doing triathlons, I could be settled down into a career job. I’m not opposed to anything, I just want to do things when they feel right, not on a specific timeline.
What has been your biggest challenge as an athlete and how did you overcome it?
It continues to be the challenge of making it to the next level. I’m addicted to the challenge. It makes you constantly reflect on yourself; making you question how bad you want it, how hard you’re willing to work and what you’re willing to sacrifice to get there.
Best advice that you have been given?
A good friend of mine Ryan Allison, is a very successful dude. He’s a engineer, dad, avid runner / triathlete and “runs” his own run club, Blue Heron Blazers. In the past I’ve felt stressed about things in life that didn’t go right or that didn’t feel like they were going to go right. The biggest piece of advice he has given me, is to follow my dreams to the absolute fullest while I’m young and able. There’s a lot of things in life that will always be there but also a lot of things that will come and go. He’s helped me realize it’s important to recognize when the time is specific to things that matter most. Things will work out if you put your time and energy into whatever you succeed or know you can succeed in.
I enjoy listening to new music, watching sports, watching documentaries, playing basketball, and hanging with my dog. I’m a fairly simple man.
Rap / hip hop
What’s the best part of competing?
Challenging yourself, meeting new people, seeing new places and hopefully, inspiring others.
At the end of the day, it is what it is. – Max “Blessed” Halloway
This is one my brother and friend, Jeremy Hick, use when things aren’t going our way. Gives us a good laugh and reminds us not to sweat the small stuff.
If you could train with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Kevin Sullivan. He’s an OG Canadian runner who I have always looked up to.
If you could compete in another sport what would it be and why?
I have two answers: 1) Basketball. Basketball was the first sport I truly wanted to pursue and I’ve been following it heavily since 2004. 2) Triathlon. I love running. I love swimming – as it’s something I did all throughout high school and I continually use it as a method of cross training. I’ve always loved the sport of biking – following the Tour de France every summer since late grade school. It would be cool to combine these three disciplines and see if I could hone them all well enough to become competitive at a high level.
Favourite place to compete?
I really enjoy going to Belgium to compete. It’s almost become a second home in the summer’s and is a hot bed for quality track & field races. The people are very friendly, the meets are well set up with great environments and it’s easy to get around.
Do you have any special warm up routine?
20min / 5k jog, drills and strides. Sometimes my coaches tell me a joke to calm my nerves. Also, It might sound weird to some but I read a sports psychology book this past summer that helped me before races. I use “fun” as my comfort word before races and repeat it to myself a few times to remind myself why I run and put me in a good head space.
What time is your alarm set for?
Usually around 8-8:30am
Ice cream or cake?
What do you do on your rest days?
I usually do some sort of cross training even on “rest days”. I also enjoy taking my dog for a walk and getting together with friends.
Last non food item you bought?
Christmas presents for my family
Do you have a lucky number?
Best thing you’ve done in the past 3 months?
Go to Hawaii last minute and train with Lionel Sanders for 2 weeks.
Scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Good question. At the time (3rd year), it was probably having to instruct a 3 hour seminar on sexual violence prevention to some first years. Public speaking was new to me and daunting.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what one person and thing would you like to have?
My twin brother and some music. Life isn’t so bad with some good music.
What would be your perfect meal?
I’m a big brunch guy. Some rye toast, sausages, eggs, home fries are pretty perfect to me.
What performance are you most proud of?
Currently on the journey of making that performance happen.
What have you learned from sport/running that has helped you in other parts of your life?
That the simplest things can make you the happiest.
What you put into running is what you will get out of it, that goes with life too. Work hard but smart.
How important it is to make quality friendships / connections.
Be spontaneous, sometimes uncertainty can bring the most fun.
The busier you are, the more productive you become. Stay moving.
Favourite place to eat?
Hard to narrow down because I love variety but any place that has a whip burrito is a great go-to spot.
If you had to travel either forward in time or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?
Backward in time because the future will come soon enough anyways.
What is the most unusual, challenging, or creative workout you’ve ever done?
A 9 mile tempo on the treadmill at the gym on the moving cruise ship during my Christmas break. It wasn’t very creative but it was challenging and slightly unusual. The ship was constantly swaying and it was extremely hot. The coolest part was being able to look out at the ocean the whole time.
Dream job besides an athlete?
Something in law enforcement. I’d like to to make a difference in my community.
What motivates you to keep training?
To see what my body is capable of, to travel, to make connections, to make my family proud, and to be able to look back on everything once I’m done with some sort of satisfaction.
Favourite time of year?
July – I love the heat, and summer vibe during the month of July. I’m also usually in peak fitness around this time since nationals are usually in early-mid July.
Of all the people you have trained with over the years, from whom have you learned the most and why?
I’ve learned a lot from Melissa Bishop. Her and Dennis have been everywhere and done everything that I aspire to. She answers any questions, does all the small stuff and leads through example.
How many hours do you train at a given week?
Run about 9-10 hours a week, weight lift about 2-3 hours a week, core about an hour each week, and cross train about 1.5-3 hours per week.
What’s a memory you have from a time when you were training?
Doing speed endurance with Alex Ullman in the summer of 2016 and laying on the infield afterwards for 20min, completely dead and disorientated. As weird as it sounds, the amount of suffering we did together brought us closer.
If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be? Why?
Drake – would be wild to see the lifestyle that guy lives and feel the energy he feels when 20,000 people are screaming every word to his songs at a concert.
What does a typical day of training look like?
Depends on the day and if I work but usually a workout day will look something like this:
Wake up just after 8am to do a shakeout.
Get lunch together for work.
Work 10-2 or 3.
Head to workout after work for 4.
Do warmup of approx 5k, workout and cooldown of approx 5k.
Have a snack or light Infinit protein drink.
Stretch and do recovery exercises.
Anything people be surprised to learn about you?
Some people know but when they don’t, people are surprised to know I own the world record in the beer mile.
Favourite food while training?
A dinner dish of – Chicken, spinach, rice, tomatoes, and some bits of bacon.
What inspires you?
Seeing others doing whatever it takes to become successful. Making my family and future self proud.
What do you enjoy most about running?
No matter how tough life gets, doing something as simple as going for a run makes things seem a whole lot easier and better.
Advice that you have for someone starting out running?
Start slow. Build and build.
Listen to your body. Back off when you feel the need to, don’t get caught up in numbers.
Do the little things: physio, roll out, stretch, strengthening
Enjoy it however you can and the most you can. Whether it’s listening to music while you run, running with people, running certain trails or routes, do the things that make you enjoy it more.
What is the most crucial part of your training?
Finding the sweet spot between a high volume & intensity of training but being able to know how much recovery you need and more importantly, when.
Anyone you would like to thank?
Sponsors – Adidas, Infinit Nutrition, Flying Monkeys Brewery, Armentum Partners
Coaches: Primary coach, Dennis Fairall and his wife, Janet Fairall, University coaches Gary Malloy, Anna Patterson, Rich Johnston and my high school coach, Craig Cavanagh.
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