Photo: Credit: Inge Johnson/Canada Running Series Boom. It’s a word that has taken on a whole new meaning for me this past month. “Boom” has resonated with me since reading Mr. Eriksson’s words in Paul Gains’ CBC sports story, “Canadian marathoners upset with Athletics Canada’s Rio qualification policy”, which was written shortly after the Around the Bay 30 km race …

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We’ve Still Got This

Prove it! A few days have passed since I raced the Around the Bay 30 km race in Hamilton so I figured I should write some sort of race report.  I’ll get right to the point in addressing what most people are wondering and asking. Did I “prove” my fitness in order to be named to the Olympic team? No, …

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When My Kids Need Me, They Need Me.

After writing, “Krista DuChene on the 2016 Chilly Half Marathon” I was really hoping to have an exciting post race report. But unfortunately it is not the case this time. Going into Sunday’s race, my training proved I was fit. The mileage was appropriate and I was hitting workouts close to when I ran my PB of 1:10:52 in 2013. …

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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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