Sandi started running 5 years ago after wanting to lose some weight. She agreed to train for a half marathon with a friend without knowing how far it was. The running bug had bit her and she was in with both feet!

Sandi is the youngest girl in a family of 5 children and was always active as a child. Sandi grew up in Kitchener and has family in Nova Scotia. It’s a dream for Sandi to run there on the East Coast.

Sandi calls herself a weekend warrior, as she balances working full-time and raising 2 kids that keep her busy. Sandi knows the importance of staying healthy. She has battled chronic kidney disease for the last 14 years. Both her children have epilepsy and it’s important for her to be a role model for them, showing them that taking care of yourself, and being active are essential keys to life. Her son has followed her lead and now runs with Sandi.

In 2016, Sandi ran 4 half marathons, a 30K road race, a 25K trail run and numerous smaller races. Sandi is currently adding cross training and strength training to her workout routine so she can reap the benefits of a stronger body.

Why Tiux?
Superior quality with comfort and a perfect fit! I tried Tiux after a friend referred me. I had been on the hunt for compression socks as it seemed everyone was talking them up and I wanted to find the very best. After trying a few brands, I posted on social media my displeasure. Hence the Tiux referral. I was pleased instantly. Tiux socks are aasy to put on. I have lymphedema in my right leg and everything else was a struggle. No blisters or sweating! Comfortable in any temperature, even the hot as heck Ontario summer! And the fun colours…there’s never too much pink in my world!

Greatest Achievement:
Running wise, it has to be my full marathon in 2015. After having a not so fun run of training including an undiagnosed stress fracture in my right tibia, crossing that finish line felt like pure magic and complete exhaustion all balled into one.

Current Goal:
My current goal is to PB a half marathon in 2017. Run races I’ve never run before and tackle Ragnar Relay Niagara Falls this May with 11 other crazy ladies! I’ve also added weight training and core strengthening into my regiment in hopes to achieve a better me.

Training Tip:
Think about why you started…
Sign up for a race to stay motivated and cheer at races. Go be a voluncheer at a race. Hand out water, take pictures, scream, high five people and support the community. This keeps you motivated, engaged and grounded as a runner and human. The real hurt is out there for an hour or more after the top finishers.

Sandi Swan

Kitchener, ON