This Story Is Not Over!

Here we go, again! Read it here! I gave 100% for six months with text-book training and racing (3 PB’s – 5 k, 10 k, Half Marathon) in my preparation for the World Championships only to face heat illness at 12 km with vomiting, tears, crazy story-telling, and near unconsciousness with non-English speaking Russians shoving smelling salts up my nose. …

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An absolutely wonderful 10 days

Tomorrow ends our 10 day European Vacation. It was amazing. Grand. Wonderful. The best. Our travels in Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy were absolutely great. The culture, food, scenes, pace, travel, walking, shopping, relaxation, and 10 days with my husband to celebrate 12 amazing years of marriage was absolutely epic. Epic seems to be the word …

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Not in the plan

It’s late and I’m tired with a 6:30 am shuttle to the airport tomorrow but wanted to write about today. Everything leading up to the race was perfect. Text book. But as marathoners we know we can have that amazing build and that terrible race. Long story short…I collapsed while reaching for my eload bottle at an aid station and DNF’d…with …

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10. 11. 12.

10. 11. 12. Like I said before, I am a numbers person and the numbers ten, eleven, and twelve have been in my mind the last few weeks. 10 August. My 10th marathon, first marathon was 11 years ago. 11 August. Our 12th anniversary and start of our 10 day European vacation (first kid-free week away since our honeymoon, departing to Prague …

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Germany to Moscow

After Jonathan, Micah, Seth and Leah dropped me off at the airport, I was on my way! From Toronto, I  flew solo to Dusseldorf, Germany for a training camp with the other Canadian Athletes in Kamen, Germany. Other than a bit of a mix up with the train (just into my 1.5 hr train ride from Dusseldorf to Kamen it …

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IAAF World Championships, August 2013

Well, it’s time. Time to fly to Germany for a short training camp then over to Russia to race the marathon! Here’s the link to the iaaf site. The Women’s Marathon is 0600 h our time, Sat., August 10. 

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Ready. More Than Ready.

Thanks for the support in this article, Sean and Brantford!  I am ready. More than ready. Trust me! My physical body is in its best shape. Ever. And the numbers prove it. I have been sleeping like a baby and have absolutely no niggle about which to complain. Mentally and emotionally however, I am a bit drained. My husband has …

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Crossing t’s and Dotting i’s

Most runners like numbers. I like numbers. So, here are mine for this marathon build: Total program weeks: 17 Training weeks: 11 Racing w/ taper weeks: 3   Marathon taper weeks: 3 Races: 6 (Mar-30 k, Apr-8 k, Apr-Half, May-10 k, June-Half, July-5 k) Personal Bests, 4: 8 k (26:59 HSROT), 10 k (32:52 Ottawa), Half (70:52 SVHM*), 5 k …

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Peak Week

Preparing for some serious drinking. I consumed 8 cups eload during and 8 cups emend immediately after my 44 km run. Using eload endurance and “Fly”was a great combination for my electrolytes, fluid and carbohydrate needs. And of course, emend allowed me to recover by replenishing my fluids, and some carbs and protein.   Returning the empties. Looking good, loop …

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