came back to running two years ago, and took my first class with
the Beaches Running Room store in January 2003, a 10k clinic. I took
same clinic for a second term, then followed that with the Half Marathon
class in July 2003, and repeated that clinic in December
In January 2004, I was forced out of the
running, so to speak, by a nasty fall in the middle of a 16k Sunday run.
February. The recovery took well over six months. I was running by
the end of March, but had no strength and no endurance to maintain distances.
I retreated altogether in the summer of 2004, stopped running, joined
gym and began weight training and bicycling to work and back. Short
distance increases built up again through the fall, and I rejoined a
Half Marathon clinic, taught by the veterans Gerry Sheerin and Linda Delany.
the best clinic and the best team of coaches I've encountered.
The Half Marathon clinic culminated in the
2005 Chilly Half, an annual Burlington, Ontario event, lots of fun, well-run,
and a happy moment in the long road
The 30k "Around The Bay Road Race" in
Hamilton was an eye-opener. Fun, well-organized, and a really good, big
group. Didn't feel real pain until about 23k, then I began to hobble,
but finished upright and... almost... smiling.
The Mississauga Half Marathon was a treat, a good, well-run big race. Still
trying to break the two-hour mark, though.
The Ottawa Marathon was wonderful. A lovely route, across the River and
back, and up and down the Canal, tremendous crowd support, and good solid
race organization all the way. My time was a disaster, but I had so much
fun doing the race I'm actually looking forward to running another!
See you out there!
- Beaches Running Room 10K Fun Run
2003 - The Canadian Orthopedic Association 10K run (10k)
July 2003 - The NIKE 10K RunTO Island Race (10k)
October 2003 - The Toronto International Marathon (half marathon)
December 2003 - Beaches Running Room's Resolution Run, New Year's Eve
March 6, 2005 - The Tim Horton Chilly Half, Burlington Ont. (half marathon)
March 20, 2005
- The Around The Bay Road Race, Hamilton Ont. (30k)
May 15, 2005
- The Mississauga Marathon, Mississauga Ont. (half marathon)
May 29, 2005 - The ING Ottawa Marathon, Ottawa Ont. (full marathon)
October 16, 2005 - The Toronto Marathon, Toronto (full marathon)