Goodbye Crutches, Hello Cane!

I can hardly believe the incredible progress I’ve made in such a short time. Our bodies are amazing. In just 5 weeks, I have come from one of, if not the, most physical and emotional lows of my life after fracturing my femur with the finish in view while defending my Canadian Half Marathon title. I think the lowest physical …

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A Comeback Kinda Athlete

We are really looking forward to our upcoming family weekend in Ottawa since last going together in 2012 and 2010. It was so kind when Manny, elite athlete coordinator, contacted me shortly after my accident, informing me that we were still more than welcome to go (if I was up to it). He also offered me the opportunity to commentate …

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A Week Later … Life in my Home Office

A Week Later … Life in my Home Office #KristaStrong #TeamDuChene #MarathonMom “Your optimism and steadfast faith are such an inspiration. Your honesty in sharing the tears and struggles is equally an inspiration. Praying for you!” It’s about noon on Sunday, May 4. Exactly one week ago, I sat alone in the elite room after a “gutsy” finish of the …

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Discharge Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene After an even better night of sleeping, I woke up finally feeling somewhat myself again. Yesterday, when discussing my fainting situation with internal medicine, we agreed that I decrease the usage of the oxycodone painkiller. So, I completely stopped it but continued taking tylenol every four hours. Several years ago, I remember watching the clock while on …

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Set Back Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene So I successfully timed my toilet trips and pain meds, which allowed me to get 3 + 2.5 hrs sleep last night. Oh, what a difference that made. I felt much better this morning. My new roomie hardly makes a peep, and has two lovely daughters who rotate shifts during the day. One does 8am-2pm and the …

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Busy Day at Montreal General – Another Day … in a New Office

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene Shortly after Jonathan headed back to the hotel Monday evening, I read a few more encouraging messages then settled in for what I hoped to be a restful night. Did not happen. Out of respect for another patient, I won’t get into details but I hardly slept, again for the second night in a row. I know …

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Tears, Bedpans and Hearts of Gold

#KristaStrong #MarathonMom #TeamDuChene Tears, Bedpans and Hearts of Gold – Montreal Canadian Half Marathon Championships – April 27, 2014 Wow…where do I start? As I lay in in my gown in bed at the Montreal General Hospital, with a plate and three screws in my leg, I can’t help but think it wasn’t the hardware I thought I’d take home. There …

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Toronto Yonge Street 10 km

Toronto Yonge Street 10 km – Almost a Hat Trick! I hadn’t scored a hat trick since playing hockey with the Guelph Gryphons a few years ago so today was my opportunity to do it again, but as a runner. I had my Around the Bay 30 km win followed by my Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8 km victory a week …

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Harry's Spring Run-Off 8 km

Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8 k and 5 k to Fight Prostate Cancer Any event I race that supports cancer research and programs is very special to me. My parents lost their battles to the disease and currently my friend is recovering from her second mastectomy after many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation since her diagnosis last year. This year, $185,000 …

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Around the Bay, 2014.

Around the Bay, 2014. The Around the Bay race in Hamilton is a great event for me, for so many reasons: it has a great history dating back to 1894, there are very few 30 km races that exist, it is very close to home so I can sleep in my own bed and get there in 25 minutes, it …

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