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TCS NYC Marathon Long Training Run #1: Race review July 26th, 2014

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Pacers from the New York Flyers running club

20.9 miles 8’37” pace/mile time

This was a very meaningful race that I’d trained hard for. I knew that running 20 miles along the rolling hills of Central Park was going to be a challenge. I wanted to finish and finish strong. The race began at 7am and consisted of a full 6-mile loop of the park and three smaller 5-mile loops. The run was a smaller, unscored, race organized by the New York Road Runners. We ran along the Central Park running path adjacent to other runners and the park’s traffic. I ran with the 8:30 pace team and for the first 11 miles it was very crowded. However, by the time we reached mile 16 there were only a few runners left in our pace group. From mile 14-17.50 I ran with the pacer Dermot who was good to talk with and very encouraging. He is also running the Goofy Challenge at Disney World next January and had some great stories about other marathons. At certain points in the race I felt fatigued and wanted to rest but kept pushing to maintain pace with our group. I’d find myself at the back of the pack at the start of one mile and rally to be in the front by the mile’s end. In many ways running is a great metaphor for life- it’s about how we cope with challenges and persevere. After every loop of the park our pace team would rest for about a minute and a half. At mile 16 I checked my watch and saw we were at an 8:28 pace/mile time– a PR for the park. I contemplated calling it a day after 16 miles but Dermot encouraged me to run the extra four miles. At mile 17 I started to vomit and by 17.50 I had to stop and throw up heavily. The NYRR volunteers were fantastic and asked if I was ok and needed medical assistance. At this point there were very few runners left in the race and the last four miles seemed like a regular early morning run in Central Park. Running mile 17-20 was a great training experience. I need to adjust my fuelling to avoid throwing up and gain stamina to maintain pace for the entire marathon. Three weeks from now there will be another 20-mile training run in Central Park and I can’t wait.

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Aug
14

Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon Race Review: 1:49:40, June 22nd 2014

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This was a special race as it took place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I had wanted to run a Vancouver race for a while and it was an absolute pleasure to run through UBC, West Van, and Stanley Park for 13.10 miles. The course began at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena and ran along SW Marine Drive, Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach, Jericho Beach, Point Grey, and Stanley Park. The course was mostly downhill which produced a half-marathon PR along with my fastest 10K at 49’13” and 5K at 24’21”. However, there were a few small hills along the course and one big one at around mile 11.50 over the Burrard Bridge. The bridge was uphill for about 600 meters very late in the race. I will confess that at that point I wanted to stop and walk over the bridge. However, I kept on running and the finish on Park Drive in Stanley Park was spectacular. Can’t wait to run Vancouver again next spring! Perhaps the BMO Half or the Vancouver Sun Run- two other races I’ve always wanted to run

 

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Aug
14

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Race Review 3:58:18

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It was a great experience to run my first marathon at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on April 26th. I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group and met a lot of interesting people on the course. Our pacer Steve had run 13 marathons in one year and I connected with others who traveled across the country to run different events. The Walt Disney World marathon was the group’s favorite and most had run the Goofy Challenge: a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. For the first part of the race I ran with Cynthia, a nurse who told me she began running in her late 30s after she gave up smoking and qualified for Boston in 8 months. The first part of the race was pretty easy and I was running a PR for a half marathon with a 8:30 mile/pace. All that changed at mile 14 when fatigue started to set in. The next couple of miles were a challenge and I ran with Bryan, a local resident who was also running his first marathon. At mile 17 I took a Gu Gel, stopped to drink some water, and threw up. But I kept on running and didn’t stop. There were no bathroom breaks and I only stopped to walk at the water stations. Bryan needed to rest by mile 20 and I continued on my own for the rest of the race. By this point my feet hurt, my left knee twinged with pain that thankfully went away, and I felt chafing. Miles 20-26 were tough and I really slowed down running a 9:30 mile/pace. It wasn’t easy and I had to dig deep to keep on going. The local residents of Champaign made a huge difference with their cheers and support as we weaved through suburban neighborhoods late in the race. Before I knew it we were at Memorial Stadium and the race was finished. It was a wonderful run and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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February 2014

Here are some images from New York and Urbana, Il from February 2014

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PicFrame Collages

Here are photographs from our trip to Washington DC last weekend that are framed using the PicFrame app.

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Photographs from January 2014

Here are some images from Urbana, IL and New York, NY from January 2014

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Photographs from December 2013

Images from the holidays in Urbana, IL and New York, NY

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  • TCS NYC Marathon Long Training Run #1: Race review July 26th, 2014 August 14, 2014
    Pacers from the New York Flyers running club 20.9 miles 8’37” pace/mile time This was a very meaningful race that I’d trained hard for. I knew that running 20 miles along the rolling hills of Central Park was going to be a challenge. I wanted to finish and finish strong. The race began at 7am and […]
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  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon Race Review: 1:49:40, June 22nd 2014 August 14, 2014
    This was a special race as it took place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I had wanted to run a Vancouver race for a while and it was an absolute pleasure to run through UBC, West Van, and Stanley Park for 13.10 miles. The course began at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena and ran along SW […]
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  • Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Race Review 3:58:18 August 14, 2014
    It was a great experience to run my first marathon at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on April 26th. I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group and met a lot of interesting people on the course. Our pacer Steve had run 13 marathons in one year and I connected with others who traveled across […]
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  • February 2014 April 12, 2014
    Here are some images from New York and Urbana, Il from February 2014 Filed under: General
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    Here are photographs from our trip to Washington DC last weekend that are framed using the PicFrame app. Filed under: General
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    Here are some images from Urbana, IL and New York, NY from January 2014 Filed under: General
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  • Half Marathons to run in 2014 February 8, 2014
    Here is a list of half marathons that I’m planning on running in 2014: DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on March 15 More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 13 Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon on April 26 NYRR Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half on May 17 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon on June 22 […]
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