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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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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