Written by Laurel Richardson

Hidden Traps in Goal Setting

For every wild goal set, there are countless articles and resources on the topic. And if you’re reading this now, the chances of you already being an ambitious goal-setter, whether it be in sports, in life or in both is pretty high.

I’ll start by sharing a personal story. I share this because your time and energy are your greatest resources and I know that if you set a goal you’ll go after it full speed, pun intended, which is why your goals better be meaningful to you. Otherwise you’ll be squandering these resources instead of spending your time on something you really care about brings you personal satisfaction. 

Years ago, I set a goal to run 30 marathons before I was 30. I was 24 at the time and I’d run 1. I told everyone about it. They were so impressed. I wore that goal around like a badge of honor. I simultaneously over and undertrained for it and ran a whole 1 marathon more. When people asked about how it was going, I lied and said it was great, but in truth, I was tired, and stressed and quite frankly, uninterested. I realized my excitement in the sound of 30 before 30 didn’t outweigh that I made that goal for all the wrong reasons.  I made it up because I wanted something that gave me structure, sounded cool and made me stand out. This goal wasn’t inherently bad, but it wasn’t the right one for me. From the outside, no one can tell your goals are right for you, but you can, especially if you look out for these common traps in goal setting. 

Shoulding Yourself

Please solemnly swear not to set goals because you feel like you have to. It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking the seemingly logical next step, i.e. half-marathon to full marathon, or forcing yourself to pursue something because that’s what other people are doing or that’s what you would’ve done in the past. Look out for this especially after you’ve just completed a big race or achievement. If you’re not ready to jump back in, physically or mentally (pursuing something big takes both!), give yourself that time. 

If a goal starts with, I really should… Stop. Don’t should yourself.

Chasing Just a Number

Look, we’re all chasing numbers – paces, best times, placements, distance milestones, kudos – that’s the wonderful simplicity of running. Let these numbers propel you, but also explore why you want them and what they mean to you. You don’t need to justify it to anyone else, but be clear on the driver of this pursuit of a number. The driver will continue to motivate and move you forward, whether you achieve it or not.

Ask yourself: What about achieving this is important to me? (i.e. personal pride, because this number is the culmination of all the time I choose to dedicate and carve out for myself, because I want to show my kids that anything is possible, etc.) Almost any reason is a good reason, just make sure you have one.

Seeking Approval

Who hasn’t chased something because it sounds impressive? There’s nothing wrong with setting big goals that you find impressive, the trap here is catching when you set goals primarily because you think other people will be impressed. By default, they probably will, but it’s likely not enough of a reason that will be meaningful to you in the long term. On a tough run by yourself in bad weather, you won’t care if you’re impressive.

Ask yourself, if no one knew or was interested in me achieving this, would I still pursue it? If I never got another kudos, would it stop me in any way?


Being a Groupie

Choosing goal races with friends is one of my favourite parts of running. Let the group dynamic motivate and inspire, while also maintaining clarity on what you personally want. Maybe this is the year to do a group trip to a destination marathon, but maybe it isn’t. When you do this, just make sure there is something independently yours as well. 

Ask yourself, would I do it alone? There’s no question of IF you could do it alone, it’s WOULD you do it alone. We’re better together, but you alone are stronger than you know.

Choosing Someone Else’s Trajectory

“That person in my group is suddenly faster. I should be that fast too. That person raced almost every weekend. I can do that too.” 

We’ve all had this internal dialogue. Take inspiration from what others have made possible, but don’t compare or copy too closely. You are unique, and your background and trajectory are different too. Using someone else (even if that someone is just you from a different time in your life) as your success metric will do one of two things:

  1. It could hold you back from surpassing what you think you are capable of based on what they are capable of. 
  2. It could cause you impatience and resentment towards yourself for not reaching your arbitrary expectations.

Reflect on your goals and how you came up with them. If it’s by way of someone else’s achievements, continue to check in on whether it’s still a good fit for you. 

Letting it take care of itself

With a strong purpose and a clear goal. You still need tangible means to get there. Seek an overarching plan that works back from your goal from the day you want to achieve it to right now. Remember that your goal isn’t someday, it’s an actual day, so the little wins and decisions you make today will help you get there. 

Consider setting habit-based goals that you can start now. If you have a coach, this is something they can support you with too.

Let’s keep this goal conversation going as you head into 2020.

While winters are mild in Vancouver, where Mile2Marathon first started, that’s not the case for the rest of Canada. With the eastern provinces getting hit with colder temperatures and ample snowfall, winter running can be a challenge. You may already be looking out your window at a winter wonderland.

If that’s the case don’t be discouraged, many great long distances runners have trained through a great Canadian winter. How does the saying go…. “what doesn’t break you, will make you stronger.” While that’s true and good motivation to get you through the winter, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you bound through the snow without setback. 

Be safe 

Injuring yourself by slipping and falling is a concern with winter running conditions. Sometimes the road is cleared better than sidewalks, and you’ll be relegated to running on the roads. Try to find quiet roads to run on.  Be sure to run against traffic so you can see what’s coming at you. Snowbanks can get very high after a few snowstorms and drivers may not be able to see you crossing the road. Pay extra attention at intersections and when drivers are turning right. Wear a headlamp and reflective gear when running at night. It’s as important to both be seen and be able to see. 

Modify your footwear

For running in the winter, you’ll want to swap your footwear for an option that provides a better grip while running on snow. There is a wide range of winter running shoes available, most with a Goretex or similar weatherproof upper and a grippy outsole to give you better traction on snow and ice. If you want to use your regular shoes, there are some traction devices that can allow you to do that. Yaktrax is a popular choice, however, these can cause some modifications to your gait that may cause new overuse issues. Another option is to put good old fashion 3/8″ sheet metal screws in the bottom of an older pair of runners or in shoes specifically designed for this, like the Saucony Mad River TR. This option is only recommended if your entire running route is going to be on packed snow or ice, like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Nearly 8km in one direction, you should all come to check it out this winter! 

Plan your route 

here are several things to consider when planning your run that you don’t really have to think much about during other times of the year. Since you may be relegated to running on the roads, try to plan a route that is in a low traffic area, this is one instance in which living in the ‘burbs may be an advantage. You should also plan out an approximate time or distance for your route, nothing worse than running too long or far in the snow. You should also be conscious of the wind direction. Start your run into the wind and try to finish with it at your back. If you run with the wind at your back during the first part of your run you’ll get hot and sweaty and then when you run into the wind during the second part of your run you’ll get cold very quickly. 

Dress appropriately

Layering is very important in winter. We recommend a windproof outer layer, and insulated and wicking mid-layer that moves sweat away from the skin. Your body temperature increases with running so dress for conditions that are warmer than it is. You should feel chilled when you go out, but your body temperature will increase and you’ll warm up quickly. If you’re heading out during the early mornings or into the evening, add a reflective outer layer and a headlamp to ensure you’re seen. 

Don’t be afraid to adjust 

When the snow is too deep or the weather is simply too horrendous to do any safe, quality running it’s better to adjust your scheduled training for the day, by either cutting your run short, finding an alternative, or pushing your workout off til a better day. It’s better to alter the schedule a little bit in this way than try to push through and potentially end up slipping and falling and tweaking a muscle that then hampers you for weeks or months afterward. 

Pay close attention to any aches & pains

Speaking of tweaking a muscle, you have to read your body really well when running on snow and ice. There’s a good chance that you’ll be a bit sore the day after running on snow, especially loose snow. Running on loose snow is similar to running on sand, it requires the use of many more stabilizing muscles than running on solid surfaces. So, if you’re sore the day after running on loose snow, it may not be reason for huge concern, as you’re waking up some stabilizers that have been dormant for a while. But, if you feel a particular muscle getting tighter and tighter during exercise, this may be more serious and cause for concern. So, tread carefully…

When in doubt, hit the treadmill

This is always an option that we don’t want to deter you from. Sometimes the elements just aren’t worth braving, and a run on the treadmill is a better option.  If you find your mind starts to wander or you bore easily on the treadmill, throw on some tunes or your favourite podcast to help pass the time. We promise the treadmill isn’t all bad. 

August 31-September 1

Simon Poulin 30km in QC 1:42:14
Kim Lanki Williams Lake 27.5k 2:47:08


September 7-8

Tyler Ashurst Rimouski Marathon 2:58:57
Esther Lee Erie Marathon 3:15:18
Kendal Paul Skagit Flats Half Marathon 1:23:33
Lissa Zimmer Skagit Flats Half Marathon 1:23:47
Kerri Andreas Longboat Toronto Island 10k 0:40:26
Sean Patterson Longboat Toronto Island 10k 0:36:03
Tammy Pigion Brockville Half Marathon 1:49:10
Quinn Spicker Holland Haven Marathon 3:36:19
Hollie Holden Cascade Marathon 3:25:26
Ian Kerr Queen City Marathon 1/2 1:23:07
Mark Dawson Coho 14k 0:55:10
Angela Law Whistler Gran Fondo 4:05:15

September 14-15

Linda Wong Tunnel Light Marathon 3:35:25
Louise Cameron Tunnel Light Marathon 4:01:01
Geoff Lyster Tunnel Light Marathon 3:15
Jaime Seeley Chicagoland Last Chance BQ 3:02:23
Caitlin Wood Wilmington Women’s 1/2 1:39
Kate Gustafson Philly Half 1:18:06
Marta Fenollosa Philly Half 1:26:47
Caitlin Wood Philly Half 2:22:58
Lee Kennett Eastside 10km 0:36:13
Andrea Wilk Eastside 10km 0:46:16
Josh Potvin Eastside 10km 0:32:00
Tadashi Yamuara Eastside 10km 0:38:46
Lissa Zimmer Eastside 10km 0:37:23
Kim Doerksen Eastside 10km 0:37:59
Andrea Chambers Eastside 10km 0:44:52
Jess Lam Eastside 10km 0:47:39
Max Faille Eastside 10km 0:47:40
Jill Emery Eastside 10km 0:44:10
Kendal Paul Eastside 10km 0:40:53
Kim Bennett Eastside 10km 0:40:51
Melissa Raven Eastside 10km 0:54:58
Felix Yu Eastside 10km 0:40:36
Sarah Whyte Eastside 10km 0:59:27
Jaime Stein Eastside 10km 1:09:25
Ali Gill Eastside 10km 0:39:17
Emelyn Ticong Eastside 10km 52:18:00
Natalie Ivanova Eastside 10km 50:25:00
Kyli Shorter Eastside 10km 47:29:00
Kim Nguyen Eastside 10km 0:54:32
Carlos Lesser Eastside 10km 0:33:56
Julie Pelly Eastside 10km Pacer
Mark Nelson Eastside 10km 0:41:49
Fainne Martin Eastside 10km 0:45:57
Anice Wong Eastside 10km 0:46:40
Sara Russell Eastside 10km 0:52:48
Fainne Martin Eastside 10km 0:42:34
Fiona Jackson Eastside 10km 0:44:27
Kashtin Bogart Eastside 10km 0:41:04
Cody Green Eastside 10km 0:42:08
Thom Green Eastside 10km 0:43:50
Tommy Cheng Eastside 10km paced
Gary Franco Eastside 10km paced
Alex Denysiuk Eastside 10km 39:35:00
Aaron Carveth Eastside 10km 39:47:00
Kathryn Williamson Eastside 10km 41:45:00
Laurie Assaly Eastside 10km 51:01:00
Ellis Gray Eastside 10km 39:08:00
Matt Diederich Eastside 10km 40:57:00
Harrison Glotman Eastside 10km 36:11:00
Nikki Layson Eastside 10km 57:47!!
Nadine Robinson Eastside 10km 39:47:00
Pam Campbell Eastside 10km 43:54:00
Taylor Maxwell Eastside 10km 41:41:00
Mel Webb Eastside 10km 55:35:00
Matt Zielinski Eastside 10km 43:33:00
Shirley Wood Eastside 10km 46:06!
Bri Hungerford Eastside 10km 36:13:00
John Hamilton Eastside 10km 40:57:00
Todd Nickel Eastside 10km 40:19:00
Chen Li Eastside 10km 43:24:00
Adam Buzinsky Eastside 10km 33:25:00
Richard Brittin Eastside 10km 0:39:56
Raymond Chhun Eastside 10km 0:43:39
David Gvozdanovich Eastside 10km 0:40:02
Atenas (Sofia) Romero Eastside 10km 0:43:25
Farid Muttalib Eastside 10km 0:37:05
Andrew Slack Eastside 10km 0:40:16
Mark Dawson Eastside 10km 0:38:45
Kara Naish Eastside 10km 0:51:40
Shelby Turner Eastside 10km 0:51:46

September 21-22

Victoria Asikis Montreal Half Marathon 1:51:14
Warren Isfan Montreal Marathon 2:58:53
Kelsey Hunter Army Run Ottawa Half 1:36:30
Ian Joiner Army Run Ottawa Half 1:38:21
Michelle Carlesimo Army Run Ottawa Half 2:00:17
Rachel Burdick Army Run Ottawa Half 1:45:43
Christopher Wereley Army Run Ottawa Half 1:32:07
Jacob Sears Army Run Ottawa Half 1:18:12
Jason Lloyd Army Run Ottawa Half 1:22:38
Billy Kearns Army Run Ottawa Half 2:05:41
Paul Steeves Army Run Ottawa Half 1:37:46
Ainsley Heyes Army Run Ottawa Half 1:38:55
Mike Milne Army Run Ottawa Half 1:24:14
Leah Larocque Army Run Ottawa Half 1:42:14
Simon Warren Army Run Ottawa Half 1:36:30
Mike Todd Army Run Ottawa Half 1:43:06
Dan Steeves Army Run Ottawa Half 1:37:52
Colin McLeod Army Run Ottawa 10k 0:38:27
Jim Fullarton Army Run Ottawa 10k 0:38:46
Nathalie Gauthier Army Run Ottawa 10k 0:49:44
Leah West Army Run Ottawa 10k 0:42:52
Sandra Sukstorf Army Run Ottawa Half 1:59:30
Sandra Sukstorf Army Run Ottawa 5 km 26:40.0
Adam Adriaanse Army Run Ottawa 5 km 0:19:28
Erin Mayo Army Run Ottawa 5 km 0:19:50
Shelby Turner WAM – 55 km 8:57:21
Craig Fowler WAM – 55 km 5:23:52
Rhys HIll WAM – 55 km 7:13:50
Claire Villet WAM – 55 km 9:25:23
Lawrence Buchan WAM – Accent Race 1:08:12
Neil McCallum WAM – Ascent + 25k + 55km 1:03:39
Jan Duzinkiewicz WAM 110 21:08:45
Dante Luciani Zoo Run 10km 28:11
Julie MacDonald Zoo Run 5k 0:21:04
Kerri Andreas Divas Half Marathon 1:41:10
Justin Yan Golden Ultra full pint Finished!


September 28-29

Jen Elliott Berlin Marathon 3:03:11
Kyla Wilkinson Berlin Marathon 3:30:40
Syd G-O Berlin Marathon 3:14:16
Ali Crandall Berlin Marathon 3:55:16
Ben Gustafson Berlin Marathon 2:28:28
Lauren Kratzer Berlin Marathon 3:44:00
Doug Philips Berlin Marathon 2:58:00
Heidi Coughlin Berlin Marathon 3:31:08
Julie Pelly North Van Run 10km 42:20.0
Jaime Stein North Van Run 5km 28:52.0
Andrew Geiger North Van 5km 16:03.0
Annie Reil Fort Henry 5k XC 22:40
Emelyn Ticong Bellingham Half 1:56:08
Kate Gustafson NYRR Bronx 10miler 58:14
Gary Cheung MamaYu’s 5k, Newmarket 16:25
Grace Sullivan MEC Road Race Five (10k) 56:04
Pat Swadden Sick Kid 5km 18:43
Tara Lohmann 4km Relay Leg 17:21

May 11 – 12
Toronto Sporting Life 10k
Jenny Emery – 41:23
Laurelly Dale – 39:27
Charissa deKoninck – 50:53
Kat Mylvaganam – 37:42
Esther Lee – 41:25

Ottawa Sporting Life 10k
Dylan Wykes – 30:13 – 1st OA
Sandra Sukstorf – 51:08

Jeff Taylor – Sudbury Rocks Half – 1:24:38
Mark Kerr – Howe Island Hustle 8k – 33:06

May 18 – 19
Craig Fowler – Sun Mountain 50k – 4:16 – 1st Overall!
Katie Bowyer – Sun Mountain 50k – 5:36 – 5th female Overall!
Annie Riel – SSQ Lonueuil Marathon – 3:40:45 – 14min PB + BQ!
Radim Picek – Salzburg Half – 1:13:54 – 6th OA
Mark Dawson – Hackey Half – 1:28:33!

M2M Elite x BCEP
Payton Jordan Invite – May 2
Rachel Cliff – 10,000m 31:54.88, PB!
Erica Digby – 5,000m 15:39.10 PB!

USATF High Perfomance Meet, LA – May 16
Luc Bruchet – 13:45.26
Rachel Cliff – 15:32.49
Erica Digby – 15:33:51 PB!

Theo Hunt – Portland Twilight 5,000m – 14:39.67

May 25 – 26
Ottawa Race Weekend
Ottawa Marathon
Gary Cheung – 2:46:10
Tyler Ashurst – 3:04:46 PB!
Anice Wong – 4:26:38
Caitlin Wood – 3:30:06 PB!
Kerri Andreas – 3:06:52

Ottawa Half Marathon
Victoria Asikis – 1:44:32
Lisa Hoffart – 1:33:00
Roy Pelletier – 2:18:07
Sandra Sukstorf – 1:55:49
Esther Lee – 1:38:15

Ottawa 5k
Sandra Sukstorf – 24:59

Ottawa 10k
Dylan Wykes – 29:56 – 6th OA, 1st Canadian Championship
Kevin Coffey – 30:52, 13th OA, 8th Canadian Championships

Other May 26 Results
Geoff Lyster – Calgary Marathon – 3:24:38 – BQ + fastest time in 16 years!!
Dave Cashin – Hamilton Season Open 5,000m – 14:50.90
Adam Buzinsky – Saskatchewan Marathon – 2:37:25 – 3rd Overall!
Kerri Coates – Run for Water Half – 2:11:32
Joe Berger – Vermont City Marathon – 4:21:09
Shannon Banal – Survival of the Fittest 18k – 2:08:51, 7th OA!
Ibin Paulo Ardila – Shaughnessy Oasis 8k – 34:37
Edward Benton-Evans – Iron Knee 25k – 2:53:34

BMO Vancouver Marathon:
Rob Watson – 2:25:10 6th Overall (first in our hearts)
Doug Phillips – 3:10:46
Farid Muttalib – 2:52:08
Andrea Cain – 3:51:30, first marathon!
Fainne Martin – 3:23:48 PB & BQ!
Jay Zhu- 3:37:48, PB
Katie Gordon – 3:51, first marathon!
Colton Higgins – 3:22
Daniel Lord – 4:15, first marathon!
Genevieve Martin – 4:24
Felix Yu – 3:41:53, 17min PB
Rodrigo Caudra – 5:10:23
Richard Brittin – 3:03:09, PB
Jan Duzinkiewicz – 3:03:35, PB
Clare Wilkes – 3:51:56
Jill Emery – 3:42:11, PB
Tadashi Yamamura – 2:55:31
Shirley Wood – 3:44:19
Marc Spatley – 3:05:54, PB
Matt Diederichs – 3:19:45, PB
David Godsall – 3:22:27, PB
Ryan Hobson – 3:16:07, PB
Grace Sullivan – 4:38:37
Erin Ready – 3:26:53, 19min PB & BQ
Todd Nickel – 3:19:46, 6min PB!
Cillian Collins – 3:30:58

BMO Vancouver Half Marathon
Kara Naish – 1:50:21
Thais Mori – 1:54:10
Mark Soo – 1:53:13
Amanda Warboys – 1:48:54
Mark Dawson – 1:31:28
Chen Li – 1:38:50, 9min PB!
Adam Buzinsky – 1:15:22, PB
Lee Kennett – 1:19:41, PB
Laurel Richardson – 1:23:08, PB
Lissa Zimmer – 1:24:14
Bri Hungerford – 1:19:26. welcome to the sub 1:20 club! + 5th OA!
Matt Zielinski – 1:35:21, PB
Ian Kerr – 1:23:07, PB
Justin Yan – 1:35:47, PB
Dante Luciani – 1:22:59, PB
Sarah Morris – 2:00:30
Shu Sanatani – 1:34:54
Julie Hathaway – 1:30:34, PB
Lisa Stanley – 1:44:27
Rebecca Dziedzic – 1:57:41
David Gvozdanovich – 1:30:13, first half!
Hope Moir – 1:42:33, PB!
Cody Green – 1:30:16, PB!
Chris Atkinson – 1:45:13, PB!
James Lee – 1:55:11, first half!
Anice Wong – 1:54:16, PB!
Lawrence Buchan – 1:22:54, PB!
Craig Roy – 1:34:54
Jordan Whitlow – 1:47:40
Carla Shukaliak-Kramer – 1:40:21, PB!

BMO Vancouver – Marathon Relay
Ladies of M2M: Alex Denysiuk, Carla Parsons, Steph McGregor, Rebecca Hartshorn – 3:07:09!

Goodlife Toronto Marathon
Ben Gustafson – 2:33:51, 7+ min PB, 2nd place Overall
Michael Cosentino – 2:58:12, 10min PB!
Caitlin Wood – 3:32:58, PB

Goodlife Toronto Half-Marathon
Jenny Emery – 1:35:01
Tyler Ashurst – 1:27:35, PB!
Kat Mylvaganam – 1:23:39
Esther Lee – 1:32:22

Mississauga MarathonRotterdam Marathon, April 7:
Arthur Oskan – 3:15:29 7+ min PB & BQ

Marató del Garraf – Trail Marathon, Spain
Elly Woods – 5:25:55 – 4th place OA!

Payton Jordan Invitational – Palo Alto, CA
Erica Digby – 5,000m – 15:39.10, PB
Rachel Cliff – 10,000m – 31:54, PB

Eugene Marathon:
Stephen Lue – 2:58:46 PB
Tammi Kwan – 3:35:10 BQ!
Kyle Bryce – 3:24:47 – First Marathon!
Kashtin Bogart – 3:38:48
Julie Pelly – 3:30:20, PB & BQ!
Mark Nelson – 3:29:09, PB
Mark Topacio – 3:39:46
Gary Franco – 4:14:35
Pat Swadden – 3:06:27
Ellis Grey – 2:57:15, PB
John Hamilton – 3:22:00, PB
Lei-Lani Harmon – 4:17:34
Aaron Carveth – 3:34
Tommy Cheng – 3:24:07 – First Marathon!
Taylor Maxwell – 3:18:45, PB
Tony Tomsich – 2:18:49, PB & US Olympic Trails Qualifying Time!

Eugene Half Marathon
Jess Lam – 1:36:42
Miguel Almeida – 1:29:40

Rotterdam Marathon, April 7:
Radim Picek – 2:32:06
Kerri Andreas – 3:04:26
David Lau – 3:44:50
Will Cascone – 4:05:30

Fool’s Half, Sunshine Coast, BC – April 7
Kendal Paul – 1:26:07 1st FEMALE, PB!
Lee Kennett – 1:22:47
Pat Swadden – 1:28
Lei-Lani Harmon – 1:51
Matt Diederich – 1:35
Kara Naish – 2:03:03
Natasha Merrick – 2:30:50
Grace Sullivan – 2:00:40
Katie Gordon – 1:43:53, PB
Andrea Cain – 1:45:31
Linda Wong – 44:03

TriStars Sooke 10k, April 7
Breanne Cotton – 44:56

Frieburg Half Marathon, April 7

Caitlin Wood -1:39:21

Angus Glen 10 Miler
Victoria Asikis – 1:14:50, PB!

Diez Vista 50k Trail, April 14
Jan Duzinkiewicz – 5:56:28
Doug Phillips – 5:31:29

Virgin Money London Marathon, April 27
Nicola Grice – 3:16:56, Has now completed all 6 World Majors!

Times Colonist 10k, Victoria BC, April 27
Shannon Dale – 39:56
Shae Lynn Pearson – 51:11, PB!

St. Albert 10 Miler, April 27
Kendall Barber – 1:07:45

Limestone Half-marathon, Kingston, ON – April 27
Mark Kerr – 1:33:12
Annie Riel – 1:42:42

Tammy Pigion – 1:48:05

Peterborough 5k, April 27
Julie MacDonald – 20:44

Waterloo Half-Marathon, April 27
Gary Cheung – 1:17 13, PB

Boston Marathon:
Fergus Kung – 2:59:24
Tristan Sandhu – 2:53:58
Kat Mylvaganam – 2:59:15
Jon Minkarious – 2:51:57
Jason Lloyd – 2:53:42, PB
Karen Thibodeau – 2:56:35
Lauren Phillips – 3:09:25
Nic H – 2:56:35
Andrew Geiger – 2:48:49, PB
Craig Fowler – 2:40:29, PB
Chad Clark – 3:11:30
Morris Kopola – 2:56:30
Meddy (Shaun) Andrew – 3:09:32
Matt Murdoch – 2:59:36
Tara Lohman – 3:28:39
Jenn Wurster – 3:29:44
Dana Henson – 3:17:52
Kim Bennet – 3:13:17
Alex Denysiuk – 3:32:22
Luke Li – 3:37:53
Carla Parsons – 3:15:11, PB
Mariah Marshall – 3:54:28
Kyla Wilkinson – 3:42:23
Katherine Lavoie – 4:04:51
Melissa Raven – 3:35:43
Dania Spillet – 3:24:41
Kathryn Williamson – 3:27:29
Allie Peterson – 3:25:20
Kim Pomponio – 3:26:14
Sandra Sukstorf – 4:14:57
Louise Cameron – 4:07:47
Kate Gustatson – 2:42:34

Sun Run 10km:
Brandon Hillis – 41:35
Jacob Sears – 33:40, PB
Justin Yan – 41:56, PB
Andrew McQueen – 40:07
Matt Zielinski – 41:42, PB
Pam Campbell – 44:19
Dante Luciani – 37:18, PB
Harrison Glotman – 35:59, PB
John Hamilton – 40:53, PB
Nadine Robinson – 39:16, PB
Ian Kerr – 37:44
Genevieve Watson – 66:03, PB
James Lee – 54:45, PB
Miguel Almeida – 39:48
Shannon Dale – 38:44
Jess Lam – 38:44
Linda Wong – 44:03
Lee Kennett – 35:34, PB
Laurel Richardson – 37:43, PB
Alanna Goobie – 45:27
Shu Sanatani – 44:16
Julie Hathaway – 40:37, PB
Nancy Hancharyk – 44:05
Sarb Kaler – 48:48
Cillian Collins – 39:14
Tadashi Yamaura – 37:49
Lissa Zimmer – 38:02
Anne Desplanches – 53:29, PB
Thais Mori – 51:38
Erin Ready – 40:26
Grace Sullivan – 59:13
Shelby Turner – 51:21
Mark Dawson – 42:43
Carlos Lesser – 33:56
Eric Mazzi – 51:36
Geoff Lyster – 40:38
Kashtin Bogart – 40:16
Sebastien Foellmer – 38:22, PB
Fainne Martin – 42:40
Jay Zhu – 43:27, PB
Hope Moir – 45:41, PB
Miriam Trotscha – 43:59
Thom Green – 43:25
Rebecca Dziedzic – 50:51
Lisa Stanley – 47:13
Dayna Gerson – 54:21
Farid Muttalib – 36:10
Brandi Mollica – 1:09:48

The 26.2 miles from small town of Hopkinton, MA to Boylston St in Boston is the most iconic marathon race in the world. The communities that line the course come together to create an atmosphere like no other. The unrelenting course and the unpredictable weather create a unique element of unknown. The runners have earned their spot on the start line, all owning that coveted BQ. Just getting to that start line on April 15th is a journey worth telling for each of the 30,000+ runners. Race day is a celebration of these runners, the communities, this race.

We asked runners on our team to share a few words about their journey to Boston and what the race means to them. Sandra S. has experienced the full spectrum that is the Boston Marathon. We have loved being part of her journey, and we think you will love reading about it just as much as we have.

“I had to proudly include my 2018 finishing photo. It was miserable so I picked up a toss away coat that I wore to the finish. I started with the shower cap on because the storm was in full gear when I was lined up. I thought it would keep me dry in the chute.”

How many times have you raced Boston?

I have raced Boston 5 times consecutively – this is my 6th Boston and 29th marathon.

What does racing Boston mean to you?

I was at the finish line in 2013 (as a spectator) when the bombs went off and after the dust settled, I vowed to return every year that I qualified.  This year will be my 6th, my husband’s 7th and it also marks the anniversary date of the bombs – April 15th. I was a relatively new runner in April 2013, but had just qualified for Boston in my first marathon a few months earlier (November 2012).  My qualifying time was for the next year in 2014 so I was soaking everything in. I was like a kid in a candy shop overseeing all the festivities and watching the race. There was so much positive energy and buzz. The entire city was focussed on the runners.  I still remember the Boston local commentators on the local station wanting to know who that Robin Watson from Canada was. It was hysterical as they were somewhat stumped that he was leading and had to go and get information to share with the viewers. It was cute and I didn’t really know who he was either, but myself and my friend were cheering him on.

We splurged to stay at the Lennox hotel and had a room overlooking the finish line, which sadly also provided a panoramic view of the finish line bomb.  My husband was out in the streets when the bomb went off and the police forced me to stay in the hotel. However, about 10 minutes later, we were told that the threat required us to evacuate ASAP.  I eventually found my husband as I was being evacuated by the police. He was still in his running gear, without a change of clothes and we had no passports.

We walked for hours, helping other runners and people like ourselves who were lost in the streets. We tried to seek refuge in a few locations, but each time we were ordered to clear out if we were not a Boston resident.  It was getting very cold and people like ourselves were scrambling for a place to go. Eventually, we learned we could not return to the Lennox Hotel and so we walked to find another hotel (keep in mind that my husband had just run the marathon and was still in his running clothes). I had received many invites from many Bostonians who offered us a place to stay.

Eventually, I received an iMessage  (via Wifi… there was no cell service) that a friend of ours had secured a hotel room at the other end of the city. Hence, we walked there (another hour) where my husband could eventually shower and put on his stinky clothes again. We reached out to the Canadian Consulate office, and the next day we were able to get back into the Lennox hotel to retrieve our passports and belongings. At that point, the hotel had become the FBI headquarters.  We spoke with them, gave them our photos as well as videos as much of the focus of the FBI shifted to sifting through social media posts, photos and videos. It was quite surreal.

Each year since then, at least one of our kids has joined us for the weekend. Last year, we had a small family group that ran the 5km together.

Do you have any goals for the 2019 race?

I just keep showing up healthy, fit and ready to take on its challenge. The rest is out of my hands as we learned last year with the weather.  Although I am not fast, I am consistent in my performances and I take the long-range approach. I hope to still be running in my 80s (lol).

I subscribe to the theory that running is a lifetime commitment and a necessary part of my daily routine and ideally, I would like to keep going back to run Boston as long as I am able.  I have a very demanding job, travel constantly and spend a lot of time alone. Running is that vice that helps me maintain a necessary balance in life. We have 4 married children and are anxiously awaiting grandchildren. I had a bit of a health scare earlier this year with my heart, so although I love to race a lot, I do so for fun and very conservatively.

A final note:

Thanks to M2M coach, Tony who has been planning my training schedule for the last 18 months.  He tailors my training to my crazy
work schedule and gives me workouts to keep me honest and focussed no matter where I am.  We plan around my weekly travel days, the snow, and access to treadmills.  As long as I can keep balancing it all, I’ll be able to keep running.

When we reached out to Sandra she attached a photo of her dog, who trained with her for 4 of the 6 Boston Marathon’s she has run.

“He got me running even when my husband couldn’t convince me.  He was my loyal training partner until he got cancer 2 years ago.  So, now I need my M2M program to keep me motivated.”

Photo Credit: Maxine Gravina

This past weekend, Coach Dylan and a handful of our athletes braved the last of Ontario winter to take on the historic Around The Bay 30k. Famous for being older than Boston, its iconic grim reaper, and rolling hills, this race is excellent preparation for those spring marathons. Coach Dylan lead the way for the team, snagging bronze on the podium. Results for our athletes that raced can be found below:

Around the Bay 30km:
Kat Mylvaganam – 2:03:47 PB
Tyler Ashurst – 2:06:31 PB
Arthur Oskan – 2:13:56 PB
Gary Cheung – 1:57:25
Esther Lee – 2:18:44
Ben Gustafson – 1:47:49 PB
Kevin Smith – 2:03:07 PB
Sandra Sukstorf – 2:47:06 PB
Dylan Wykes – 1:35:04 PB

Around the Bay 5km:
Ryan Wykes – 21:32

With only 4 weeks until Boston and athletes racing all over North America, it’s safe to say that spring racing is officially here. Check out what you and your teammates got up to this past weekend!

Cap Crusher 12km:

Kelly Lee 1:10:06
Matt Diederichs 1:08:07
Shannon Banal 1:10:29

Cap Crusher 24km:

Genevieve Martin 3:04:05
Katie Bowyer 2:22:11 4th Female Overall!

St. Patrick’s Day 5km:

Fainne Martin 21:30
Carlos Lesser 16:24
Mark Nelson 19:58 PB!
Lawrence Buchan 18:06 PB!
Katie Gordan 22:15 PB!
Melissa Raven 20:29
Andrea Chambers 24:25
Kim Bennett 20:29
Shannon Dale 19:10
Gemma Slaughter 19:02
Lisa Stanley 23:12
Ian Kerr 18:04 PB!
Amarda Warboys 23:28 PB!
Shelby Turner 23:14 PB!
Thais Mori 24:23
Meghan Kyle 27:53 PB!
Erin Ready 19:27
Mark Soo 23:41
Todd Nickle 20:03 PB!
Adam Buzinsky 16:15
Coach Tony Tomsich 14:50, 4th Overall!
Josh Potvin 15:23
Lissa Zimmer 18:04
Lee Kennett 17:29 PB!
Chantelle Groenewoud 17:45
Nancy Hancharyk 21:19
Matt Zielinski 20:22 PB!
Ryan Hobson 20:29

Quesnel Pace & Pint 5k:

Kim Lanki 27:38, 3rd F OA

NYRR United Airlines Half Marathon:

Kate Gustafson 1:17:09 PB!
Lauren Phillips 1:27:03

Port Alberni 15k:

Jenn Wurster 1:07:51 PB!

Shamrock’n Race 1/2:

Rodrigo Cuadra 1:31:46 PB! 5th OA, 3rd Male Overall!

Peterborough St. Patricks 5k: 

Julie MacDonald 20:10

Achilles St. Patrick’s 5k Toronto:

Kyla Wilkinson 21:14 PB!

Chuckanut 50k:

Rob Watson 4:03:41.1, 3rd Overall!

UBC Triathlon:

Katherine Lavoie – 1st Female Overall!