Summer Times

  I remember my dad teaching me how to drive the tractor so that he and my siblings could stack the bales of straw on the wagon. It was a welcome change from the scratches you’d get on your forearms and legs from lifting, carrying and placing the heavy bales in the hot sun. At first it was a bit …

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New York Diary

Yesterday, Krista DuChene competed against 8,000 women in New York’s Central Park at the New York Road Runner’s #mini10K. What’s it like to spend a weekend in Krista’s Sauconys? We asked her to keep a diary, and she told us everything—except her finishing time and place, which was 35:50, eighteenth place, and less than 40 seconds behind Des Linden. DuChene …

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Green and Yellow, and a few words on Saskatchewan

Photograph by Bob Holtsman. It’s been a busy spring, emotionally and mentally. The kids had hockey tryouts, swimming, spring soccer, other usual extra curricular activities like music and school sports, and I accepted the position of head coach for my daughter’s rep hockey team. The interviews and podcasts to hear about my third place Boston Marathon finish continued to be, and …

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Happy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day and of course I am just as grateful as the next mom for the blessing of having children. I also aim to be sensitive to those women who have been unable to become moms. Of all the “jobs” I have, it is definitely my favourite and most rewarding. Many know that I am one to always focus …

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Third Place Finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon

  Ever create a crazy story in your mind that race conditions will be so bad that it will work to your favour and you will get a podium finish at the Boston Marathon? Moments from realizing I had a podium finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon. Credit: Getty Images. The manager/agent. I woke up around 4:25 am, just 5 min …

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Around the Bay 30 km. Hamilton, ON.

Sunday, March 25 was the 124th Around the Bay 30 km Road Race in Hamilton and my 9th time completing the event since my debut, 15 years ago when I ran it in 2:12. Between 2012 and 2018 I finished the race five times with either a first (x2) or second (x3) in a time of 1:47 (x3) or 1:51 …

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When You’re 41 (and can still snag the win)

Photos: Edison Yao, VR Pro Chilly Half Marathon. What do I like most about this marathon build? Well, I’m not crossing every t and dotting every i. I’m not doing busy work, feeling the need to supplement my training with excess pool running. I’m not counting every minute of core, stretching and rolling nor am I even doing it every …

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On the Road to Boston

We are seven weeks out from the 2018 Boston Marathon and everything seems to be running smoothly, so to speak. Four weeks ago I took to the start line of the Robbie Burns 8 km in Burlington for my first race of the year. The Robbie Burns is a popular race for the local runners to test fitness when starting …

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Chilly Half Marathon(s)

When choosing races, the most important factors for me to consider often include: race distance and calendar timing for season goal race, travel, course lay-out, time away from family, and potential financial winnings. The Chilly Half Marathon has always been a perfect choice to include in my marathon builds. On March 4 I will be returning to Burlington to run …

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