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Adjusting to Life at Home with the Kids

Ok, for those of us with kids at home, let’s be honest. Those “COVID-19 Daily Schedules” with perfectly planned stay-at-home activities were never going to work. I’m not saying it wasn’t worth the attempt, but it was never realistic. My youngest and oldest are 5 years apart. My 9-year-old daughter loved the idea, but once my 14-year-old son saw a …

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Adjusting to Life in the Time of COVID-19

Our Time. It’s only been eight days since writing, but it seems like months. Like Marnie McBean, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2020 -2021 Olympic Games said when explaining the difficulty in making the (right) decision to not send Canada if the games were not postponed, “COVID-19 time is not the same as normal time.” I couldn’t agree more. It …

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Elite racing, Family and Training in the time of COVID-19

  March 15, 2020 I hardly know where to start.  So I’ll go back to my last post, which I wrote shortly after racing the Robbie Burns 8 km in 28:12 on January 19 when I was just getting into a new rhythm with Reid Coolsaet as my new coach. Life included a good balance of training, coaching my daughter’s …

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April 20, 2020 is my 20th Marathon. Back to Boston!

Around the time of my last few birthdays, I’ve enjoyed sharing the news about my upcoming training and racing plans. After the Christmas season, it’s a fun and motivational start to a new season, a new year, and a new age.   In 2017 when I turned 40 I had recently joined Speed River with Dave Scott-Thomas in Guelph, and booked …

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2009-2019: My Decade of Running

In A Decade, 2009-2019 2009  My last marathon before having our first child was the 2005 Boston Marathon where I ran a nine minute personal best of 3:00:46. When asked if I was disappointed about just missing the 3 hour mark, I hadn’t really thought about it; I somehow knew that it would happen. Four years later after the birth …

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Berlin

It’s getting late and I fly home tomorrow but I know I won’t sleep. I never do after a marathon. Today I ran the Berlin Marathon and placed 12th with a time of 2:32:27, my 5th fastest time (2:28 in 2013, 2:29 in 2015, 2:32 x 2 in 2012). I was ranked 15th by personal best times (I may have …

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And Onward I Go Again, Krista DuChene to run Berlin Marathon

It’s been a few months since writing any sort of update. In fact, it’s been about that long since regularly posting on social media. I haven’t retired nor am I injured. I just needed another solid break over the summer to enjoy time with family, and completely rest and recover from another full school year that included coaching hockey and …

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A Second Chance

It seems appropriate to start this post from where I concluded my last, after my disappointing 2019 Boston Marathon, in which I said, “I’m looking forward to strolling along the streets of Boston tomorrow in search of some New England clam chowder and sweet treats before heading back home to pack school lunches and taxi kids to swimming and hockey. …

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Grit, Grace and Gratitude

Grace and gratitude. These are the two words that continue to come to mind when I think about this morning’s Boston Marathon. It’s equally important that I win with class and humility as I lose with respect and gratitude. At 42 years of age I’m not running to prove anything. I’m quite happy with what I’ve accomplished in my athletic …

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