Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thank You!

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 :)

Cheers!

Marathon 52 – December 8

I woke up knowing that the goal I had set out for myself was about to be accomplished in a few hours. What a fantastic feeling that was!
 
The day started as did most of my runs, with a trip to Tim Hortons.  Rather than just ordering my coffee and two timbits, I decided to buy a box of them for any of the runners who were coming out.  I also had water, gatorade, bananas and granola bars for the runners.
 
As I drove up to the window to pay, the girl said my order had already been paid?  Really?  By whom and why?  She didn’t know.  I have no idea who did this, but it was most unexpected and just so very nice and a great way to get the day started.  A random act kindness I suppose. 
 
The day was a mixed bag of snow, rain, wind…..but it didn’t matter.  I had friends and family running with me for every loop and I just felt amazing the whole time.  In fact, I think this was probably my fastest run this year….likely it was just all that adrenaline knowing I was accomplishing the goal I had set out a year ago. 
                    
At the 36km mark, CBC did an interview and then they were taking footage of us running the last 5km.  I think that was my fastest loop because of course you want to look good for the cameras :)
                    
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 over $8,000 was raised.             
 
more pictures to come.         
 

Marathon 51 – December 2

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.

Cheers!