Candice Takes On The Boston Marathon

Our very own Wonder Woman Candice Peak will be running the big 26.2 on Marathon Monday. Here’s what she has to say about it.

You know Candice as the hip-hop loving, crop top wearing badass fitness instructor who hails at both The Handle Bar Southie and Harvard Square studios. If you follow her on Instagram, you also know she has a deep passion for all things fitness, including running. Like, all the time.

What motivates you to say “yes” to a challenge like 26.2 miles?

I’m always trying to find new ways to push myself physically. It may seem like I enjoy torturing myself (and I sort of do) but I really like to see what my limits are. Growing up as a competitive swimmer made me crave that next step or that next big challenge. I got into running after I retired from swimming and slowly checked off each race distance…5K to 10K to half marathon. Once I felt like one wasn’t enough, I moved onto the next to see what I could do with it. Marathons are pretty new to me so I’m still trying to figure out the secret to them. 

What’s the most rewarding benefit of working out/fitness for you? 

Mental for sure. I’m someone who has a hard time sitting still and I honestly feel my most relaxed and level-headed during and after a work out. It’s my go-to stress reliever above anything else. 

We all know and love your pup. Does Scooter like to go on runs with you?

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Absolutely not, but I so badly wish he did enjoy it.  He will maybe run for a mile and then just sits down and won’t budge. I like to think he’s more of a sprinter,  especially if there is a bird or small animal involved. Sometimes we run sprints along the Fort Point Channel and people look at me funny. 


Have you ever had any weird nicknames growing up? (We need to know what to yell when you fly by us on Monday.)

My mom calls me “bunny,” but I think she should remain the only person that calls me that. 🙂


Your HBFam will be cheering you on every step of the way.

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