Marathon Preview: Q & A with James Lander

James Lander is a professional marathon runner from the U.S. studying and competing in Victoria.

James Lander is running the GoodLife Fitness Half Marathon this year

James Lander is running the GoodLife Fitness Half Marathon this year

James Lander is a professional marathon runner from the U.S. studying and competing in Victoria.

His personal bests are 1:04:56 in half-marathon and 2:18:25 in the full marathon. He took time out of his day to talk to the News prior to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Sunday (Oct. 9).

Q: What brings a Pennsylvania man to Esquimalt?

A: Been here since May 2010 after finishing chiropractic school in California. I’m finishing my acupuncture degree at Pacific Rim College in Market Square where I also teach.

Q: Last year you were 23 seconds back of the winner. Has that loss stuck with you?

A: That was so frustrating, I really felt set up to win but had a rough spell from the 27th kilometre to the 35th. I was going through a lull at that time, then we hit the horrific head wind. It made it difficult. That’s when Samoei got ahead in the 32nd km.

Q: Why did you decide to run the half?

A: It’s a lot to do with timing and I wanted to look at other marathons in the region, like the (Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon) in November. I typically run a half-marathon four to six weeks before a full. I’m also getting married in December.

Q: What half-marathon time do you expect on Sunday?

A: Hope to run in the low 1:06 range. I actually haven’t been informed of the competition (as of Wednesday). I don’t race a lot and I train exclusively by myself, so whoever it is I’m anxious just to race.

Q: What changes do you make when running the half instead of full marathon?

A: No matter, (the top competition) we’ll start pretty quick, under five minutes for the first mile, then settle into a groove of five minutes, 5:05 or 5:10 per mile. That’s three minutes and five seconds for the first kilometre, then 3:10 to 3:15 for next couple of kilometers but it should be 3:10 or quick