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Missed My Mark (oh the marathon)

Missed My Mark (oh the marathon)

The marathon. Forty-two point two kilometres. Twenty-six point two miles. It’s a long hike, no matter how you look at it. It’s a great accomplishment, no matter what time you complete it in. One that deserves huge congrats upon crossing the finish line. But wait. What if you cross the finish line in a time … Continue reading

Reality Check

Reality Check

I worked with a coach when I was training for my Boston Qualifier marathon. I’m a bit of a stubborn gal and I had it in my head I needed to run at least 140km per week as my top mileage weeks with the remaining weeks anywhere from 100 to 126 (I’d been reading a … Continue reading

Pretending to Die

Pretending to Die

When I crossed the finish line of the Whistler Half Marathon this past June 1st, I immediately did what I always do when I cross the finish line of any race. I made a face like I was dying. Hubby is a faster runner than me. He is always waiting for me at the finish … Continue reading

How Much do You Want It?

How Much do You Want It?

It was at kilometre 26 that I noticed I was running beside Walter. “Walter!” I said. “Sarah!” he said. “I hate marathons and I’m never running one again” I yelled. Then I did a little freakout – a jump hop and punch the air kind of move. Unfortunately, it really didn’t help anything. Possibly made … Continue reading

When You Least Expect It

When You Least Expect It

What do you do when you really don’t feel ready? What a silly question. You go out and give it your best shot of course. See what happens. And sometimes, it just all comes together. Saturday night. I go to bed but I don’t sleep at all. Truth be told I’m upset. I’d entered a … Continue reading

Making the Best of It: CIM Race Report

Making the Best of It: CIM Race Report

Make the best of it… No matter what. That’s what was going through my head as I jogged towards the start line, hugging my warm-up pants and sweater in my sweats bag to my chest in a desperate attempt to keep them dry. A useless attempt really, as the heavens let loose torrents of rain … Continue reading

It is What it Is (but do Enjoy it)

It is What it Is (but do Enjoy it)

I always get super nervous before a race. I wake up race morning and think, “Ohhhhh, why did I sign up for this race?” and, “Am I ready to suffer?”. Because when you race, you run fast… And when you run fast, you inevitably suffer a little bit (or a lot). I woke this morning … Continue reading

Qualify for Boston? …Check

Qualify for Boston? …Check

You can achieve anything you want in life. I wanted my Boston qualifying time. I really, really wanted to qualify. That was all I could think of as I turned another corner and left Stanley Park behind. So darn close now. I tried to check my pace band to see if I was on track, but I … Continue reading

For the Love of Racing

For the Love of Racing

2012 Vancouver Sun Run 10km Race Report I woke this morning with more excitement than I’d anticipated. It was still dark, but I figured it was nearly 5am and my alarm would go off any second. When it didn’t, I got up to check on the time… 2:00am… Geesh. Back to bed but sleep eluded … Continue reading

Achieving my Goal (and a PB)

When I crossed the finish line I did it with my hands in the air and huge grin on my face. I started laughing and nearly crying all at once, gasping for air as the reality of my PB hit me. My coach, my friend, and my husband were all there to share the moment … Continue reading