2016 Chilly Half Marathon

The 2016 Chilly Half Marathon is quickly approaching. On March 6, runners in Burlington will be racing for various reasons: a rust buster after holiday indulging, a training run in preparation for a spring marathon, a fitness test after time off from injury or illness, or in my case, a chance to make the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships …

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Love and Sacrifices are part of Team DuChene’s Olympic plans

February 14-15, 2016 Today is Valentine’s Day and I am sitting alone in my pyjamas in my hotel room after having dinner alone. It is the first February 14 I haven’t spent with my husband. Tomorrow is Family Day and I will spend most of it alone without my family, on my return trip home. After racing the Vancouver First …

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At 39, Getting Personal about my Goals, Family, and the Rio Games

January 9, 1977.Today I am 39, which means I am in my 40th year. Yep, the big 4-0 is just around the corner.Several years ago, when applying for a shoe and apparel sponsorship after my marathon times continued to become significantly faster, I set 2016 as my big goal year. I did the math, calculating how much faster I thought …

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Finding My Strong and Staying Focused.

With my pyjamas on and a latte in hand, I am finally taking the time to write an update. The kids have gone to their grandparents for a sleepover and the house is quiet. No hockey. No swimming. A free evening. Nothing. A rare occasion. So here goes… After discovering I broke the second metatarsal in my foot by simply …

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Breaking Bones

Yep, I’ve done it again. I broke another bone. Since last writing, I just nicely started to get into the thick of my marathon build for the October 18 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. On August 9, I did the Fergus 10 km, which was a good kick in the pants. I had an excellent base with a great cross training routine …

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Summertime: Marathon Training and the Pan Am Games

Here I sit, again in my happy place at the cabin amongst hundreds of beautifully mature trees, a sunny sky and peaceful breeze. Life is grand. Simple. Adored. I love this place.  Last year I spent a significant amount of time here with the kids and my sister’s family as my husband was travelling a lot for work and I …

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Finding a Healthy Balance between Competition

It has been 8 weeks since running my 2:29:38 marathon in Rotterdam, which gave me the standard for the 2016 Olympic Games. And I think I can finally say I have recovered. Normally it wouldn’t take nearly this long to recover from a marathon. After all, it was my eleventh marathon so I guess I should know. Physically, recovery wasn’t …

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And that’s a wrap…

For those of you who aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, sorry for the delay in posting this on my blog. My April 12 Rotterdam Marathon time of 2:29:38 made the Athletics Canada standard (2:29:50) for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil! So excited! Read about it here in the Toronto Star. And here in the Brantford Expositor. …

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True Grit. One Year Later.

One Year Later (Click here to read about what happened Apr 27, 2014) This version has more pictures and less words than the online version found here at iRun.ca . The posts are similar but a bit different Take your pick! Thanks so much for you tremendous love and support this past year. Krista 1. April 27, 2014. The painful finish …

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Oh, What a Race in Rotterdam!

Worth a thousand words. http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/krista-duchene-finishes-3rd-in-rotterdam-marathon-1.3029831 https://vimeo.com/124907581 http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5553539-duchene-third-in-rotterdam-marathon/ What a race! I am so absolutely thrilled with my performance today. Throughout this season, Coach Rick and I focused on marathon pace for all of my races leading up to my first attempt at the Olympic Standard. I ran that pace in November in the RememberRun 8 km and worked my way …

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