Blog #56: Interview with Star Long Distance Runner Abduselam Yussuf

Abduselam out on the track runnin’ things…

Abduselam Yussuf is a Canadian long distance runner who is blazing his own trail and shining bright in the process.  Some of his running accolades include:

– 2015 Manitoba Marathon (Canada 🇨🇦): Winner of half marathon (13.1 miles) ~> Time: 1hr 5mins 5 seconds

– 2016 Manitoba Marathon (Canada 🇨🇦): Winner of half marathon (13.1 miles) ~> Time: 1hr 8mins 25 seconds

– 2017 Cross Country Championship at the University of Victoria (in British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦) ~> He placed 19th in Canada West

I recently caught up with the Ethiopian born athlete to pick his brain and ask him a few questions about his training regimen, running and more!


~~ Interview ~~

🌿 Simply Chrissy: When did you start running?  At which point did you know that you loved it?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: I began running seriously in 2012?  And I have always loved running, simply because it was easy and it was a way to reduce stress and create emotional stability.

🌿 Simply Chrissy: What does your training regimen entail?  How long do your training periods usually last?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: My training consists of running, and a lot of it as well as a strength program. Typically I do about 80 to 110 miles a week during the summer periods because I am training for longer events and than I come back down when the season starts so that I can introduce intervals, tempos, strength, core work and speed training. The training periods depend on how long your season is and what you are training. However, its typically a few months at a time especially as a varsity athlete, you are constantly changing distances that you compete in.

🌿 Simply Chrissy: What does your diet usually consist of when you are training?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: My diet is pretty terrible and unmeasured… I do not really focus on every single calorie, I focus on making sure I eat daily but mostly not consuming garbage. Especially important as a VEGAN because you have to make the food but also make sure that you have the right foods.

🌿Simply Chrissy: What do you like most about training and what do you enjoy least about training?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: I love all aspects of training even though I always make a fuss. Sometimes though hurting or being extremely tired during or going into workout is not fun.

🌿 Simply Chrissy: Have you ever noticed for yourself how food (a/k/a: fuel) impacts your performance when you run?  Is it true your diet is plant-based and have you noticed positive results in your body?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: Yes/No- I don’t really eat before I run (race) because I don’t like being full, I race so much better going in physically and mentally hungry. Yes I am Fully VEGAN and I think this is probably the healthiest I have felt during training and races even though there are a few hiccups, those are mostly due to previous injuries or just exhaustion

🌿 Simply Chrissy: Has anything unexpected ever happened while you were competing?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: Yes Yes Yes – It happens all the time. You can get injuries, pains, cramps, exhaustion, heat stroke and more but you can expect or change them, but individually I think athletes learn to manage those by learning about how there body works.

🌿 Simply Chrissy: What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of running?

🏃🏾‍♂️ Abduselam: I can never really answer this question because I like doing whatever. I guess hanging out with people, learning new things, reading (mostly about history), hanging out with my family, travelling (most important, and I hope to do more of it in my life).


Do you like running?  What activities do you enjoy to get your blood pumping? Leave a comment below!

Stay Healthy 🌿 💚,

– Chrissy

2 thoughts on “Blog #56: Interview with Star Long Distance Runner Abduselam Yussuf

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    1. Thanks Charlie! 🙂 It’s awesome that you like running and athletics in general because it’s so good for you in so many ways. Thank you for popping by my blog and thank you for leaving a comment! 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. Cheers!

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