Monthly Archives: October 2012

Marathon 44 and 45 – October 14 and 21

Marathons 44 and 45 were pretty much the same in that they were oh so slow!  I can’t believe how slow I am running, but if that is what it’s going to take to get me through the next 7 weeks then so be it.  Funny but walking acutally is harder to do than running. 

For the next 7 weeks, I will only run the marathon…during the week I will spin, water run and do some weights.  Oh and I will certainly keep on stretching and icing.  Paula my massage therapist and Pierre my physiotherapist have both been amazing….the work they have done has certainly helped. While I know what would really help is to not run at all for a week or so, at least I know that I won’t permanently damange anything :)

Next week I am off to Washington for the Marine Corps Marathon.  The Run Ottawa Club ( has organized a bus trip for this event.  It is going to be so much fun!


Marathon 43 – October 7

Happy Thanksgiving!

Unfortunately I have developed some issues with my left leg.  Likely caused by the fact my gait has changed to compensate for the issues I have with my big toe.  So my hip, calf and heel are all hurting me. As a result I didn’t run at all during the week, in fact I did no training at all!

The run started out not to bad but I could feel things start to tighten up as time went on.  By kilometer 37 I had to walk….even walking hurt as I couldn’t get into any kind of comfortable stride.

Again I decided not to train this week and to ensure I did lots of icing, stretching and have some rest.

Hopefully by Sunday I can run…….only 9 more to go!


Marathon 42 – September 30

Fall has definitely arrived.  Not only is it taking a long time to brighten up in the morning, but the leaves are in full colour. 

I started my run from Tunney’s Pasture because I was participating in the Run for the Cure….one of my work colleagues is going through treatments at the moment so her manager decided to put together a team to support the run.   Although we were 9 on the team, I don’t think any of us thought it would be difficult to find each other, but it was.  We had a meeting spot, but wow the numbers of people – close to 9,000  made it almost impossible to find anyone…as it turned out 3 team members were no where to be found.

While I really don’t tire of running the same route every Sunday, it is nice to change it up once in a while.  I started from Tunney’s Pasture and when it finally brightened up at around 7:00 am, I was along the canal and that is when I really noticed the leaves were turning all kinds of wonderful shades of yellow, orange and red.

I timed it so that by around 9:00 I had run 29km ….the waiting at the start and then the very long time it took us to pass all the walkers, it ended up taking about 1.5 hours to get those 5km in.  Next time we will all know better and head to the front with all the other runners.  It was very touching to be amongst the sea of pink walkers and runners….many of whom were running for someone they know who is either going through treatment or who has gone through treatment.  It’s very sad too – the number of times you see someone running for a loved one who has died from the illness.

Team “Chantal”


After the run, I headed back out for the remaining 8 km.  As I ran along scott and then richmond road I past people who had been in the run going for breakfast or coffee and I sure wished I was with them.  By this time it had started to rain – well more like a fine mist so it was more refreshing than anything else.  But, I was tired and my poor hip, heel and toe were not happy campers at all!

To ensure that I make it another 10 runs I will seek help from all my health care professionals and I will do the necessary stretching, icing and most of all rest!