I originally started running in 2009 to help me deal with stress and other personal issues in my life. I worked out at the gym but that didn’t seem to help. Someone had suggested yoga but inevitably when I would do a class I could tell when the hour mark was approaching and I would just “think” and make lists in class. I decided to try running and train for the Sporting Life 10k. It was perfect. I would run and my mind would clear. It helped and I enjoyed participating in the race so much I decided to train for the GoodLife Marathon being held that fall. I was hooked.
Although to be honest I really became captivated when I realized I could combine my love of travel and racing. So since my first one in Toronto I have done one in Texas, Ottawa (good excuse to visit family & friends), Paris, New York City, Vancouver, Chicago and Hamilton (an add on this year to help me reach my ultimate goal of 10 marathons by the time I turn 45 at the end of 2015).
This year was particularly memorable because I achieved a personal best and combined travel, racing and my other passion scuba diving. I started in May with a marathon in Vancouver that was particularly difficult because it poured the entire 42.2km – no personal best but I continued my trip in Hawaii diving on the Big Island. Just before my trip to Vancouver I decided to hire a running coach and met Tommy. He immediately started training me for my fall marathon – Chicago. I told him my goal of 10 marathons by the time I’m 45 and that I wanted to add Hamilton to my repertoire. I had to do three in 2014 or 2015 – I figured this would work and ultimately it did. I ran the Chicago Marathon on October 12th with a personal best of 4:00:29. I followed the same pattern as I had done in Vancouver – I went scuba diving after the marathon. I went to Turks and Caicos and dove. The diving really must have helped my legs recover because 3 weeks later on November 2nd I ran the Hamilton Marathon with a personal best of 3:59:43!!! Although I’m sure the salt water and diving helped my legs get through two marathons in 3 weeks, I would not have gotten through such a difficult race season without Tommy’s fabulous coaching. He helped me get stronger and faster in a very short time. He helped me get through some highs and lows during the training season and was always providing encouragement. That’s how I got two personal bests in 3 weeks!!!! I’m looking forward to my 2015 season – I’m sure Tommy will get me through that one with great success.
I have to finish two marathons in 2015 to reach my ultimate goal. I have already started training for the race in the spring and my plan is to run one in October. In the future I would love to do the Berlin, Rome, London and Madrid marathons.
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