I feel an amazing sense of accomplishment having run this 52cnd marathon and I am so thankful to all my family and friends who have supported me this past year and who have given so generously to the Snowsuit Fund. With their help almost $8,000 was raised which means close to 200 kids in our region will have warm clothes this winter.
I would like to thank my Sunday Run Group for always being there at 8:00 on Sunday mornings…….although I enjoyed running the first 20 odd km on my own, I always looked forward to meeting up with you at the Arboretum. What I loved about our run group was that while we are all serious about our goals, we were never so serious that we couldn’t have a bit of fun on the runs. For instance there were many times we’d stop and take pictures of something cool along the way, or there was the time we ran a different route and all stopped for a quick coffee enroute….those are very special memories!
The party was a huge success and Laurie thank you for suggesting we have a party and wanting to organize it. You did an awesome job as “Master of Ceremonies” and thank you too to Kim, Jenn, Ingrid and everyone else who helped out for all of your work putting such a fun event together. I will always treasure the medal you had made for me and I will proudly display the award from the run club. I love the running tops too!
Paula and Dave your speeches were so touching. Thank you so much for your kind words. Paula, sorry but you probably won’t see too much of me as I plan to stay healthy and pain free….but I will keep sending you the wounded from my office
This was an amazing run! My youngest brother Jim wanted to be here for the final run, but due to other committments wasn’t able to do so. He decided though to come out for a quick visit (he’s in Vancouver) with the family and to run the marathon with me. Jim ran the Seattle Marathon last week and two weeks prior to that he ran Boundary Bay Marathon in Vancouver….so I knew he probably wouldn’t mind slowing down on his third marathon this month
The temperature was about -5 (-10 with wind) and for the first 35km was just great. Then the freezing rain came and all of a sudden we noticed the sidewalks getting slippy…..we all slowed way down and even got out on the road for the stretch along Majors Hill Park. By the time we got back on the Canal the footing wasn’t too bad, although we did have to watch our step going down some of the little declines.
It felt amazing to be running about 6:15 – 6:30 pace for most of the run which is what my pace was a year ago when I first started the marathons. As well, I knew that it was the last run where I had to wake up at 3:30 to start running by 5:00.
The weather was looking very good for the final marathon. I decided to hold the run on Saturday because I wanted to be able to sleep in on Sunday and have a really relaxing day. This one will be a looped run so friends and family can come out and participate which will make it a lot of fun. Followed by a party at Pub Italia it is going to be an awesome day.