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!

 

 

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It was a big weekend of racing across the Globe. Ya’ll kicked butt out there. So great to see all the hard training start to pay off. More to come with a lot of spring marathons and shorter distance races on the horizon!
*As always apologies if we missed you. Let us know and we will update. Also, not sure what to do about those WestVan 5k results….

Tokyo Marathon
Laurelly Dale 3:10:46 PB!
Rose Cass 4:00:50
Sandra Sukstorf 4:03:19
Nicola Grice 3:30:59

WestVanRun 5k – Saturday March 2
Steven Huynh 23:28*
Shannon Dale 21:49*
Jess Lam 22:39*
Lee Kennett 17:43 PB!
Coach Kim 21:47*
Kat Lavoie 22:10*
David Watt 21:38*
Nadine Robinson 21:38*
Pat Swadden 21:29*
Liam Todd 17:30 PB!
Justin Kent 14:25 Champ!
Theo Hunt 14:59 2nd
*Did Not Beat the Train 🙁

 

WestVanRun 10k – Sunday March 3
Coach Tony 30:57 Champ!
Coach Rob 31:21 2nd!
Carlos Lesser 34:42.0
Colton Higgins 36:46.0 PB!
Jay Zhu 44:30.0
Matt Murdoch 37:33.0
Mark Nelson 41:17.0 PB!
Carla Parsons 41:33.0 PB!
Chris Atkinson 46:28.0 PB!
Rodrigo Cuadra 40:40:00 PB! Over 3 mins
Shannon Dale 39:05:00
Todd Nickel 21.48/40:29 10k PB!
Karen Thibodeau 38:12
Mark Topacio 41:05
Lissa Zimmer 36:45 3rd OA!
Cillian Collins 39:50
Brianna Hungerford 36:27 PB, 2nd Overall!
Matt Zielinski 41:57 PB!
Aaron Carveth 40:47 PB!
Gary Franco 46:28 PB!
Lei-Lani Harmon 57:13 Pacer!
Ian Kerr 37:24 PB!
Kara Naish 51:56.
Lauren Berkman 52:28 PB!

MEC Burnaby Lake 1/2
Grace Sullivan 1:56 PB!

 

New York Road Runners (NYRR) Washington Heights 5k
Coach Kate Gustafson 17:18 3rd Overall!

 

Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K in Burlington, ON
Gary Cheung 1:20:07
Fraser Clift 1:16:28 PB!
Meddy Medina 1:24 PB!
Kevin Smith 1:23:37
Kyla Wilkinson 1:39:27 PB!
Tyler Ashurst 1:27:57 PB!
Katarina Mylvaganum 1:23:19 PB!
Arthur Oskan 1:30:34 3min+ PB!
Louise Cameron 1:49:41
Jenny Emery 1:36:02

Chilly 5k
Michael Cosentino 17:40 PB!
James Watkins 16:15 PB!

Scottsdale 10k
Cody Green 42:22.0

Cedar 12k
Breanne Cotton 0:53:59 PB & 2nd AG

Seattle Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k
Melissa Raven 1:10:11

Majcichov 10, Slovakia
Radim Picek 33:02

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Holy moly. What. A. Weekend! That was so much fun. Thank you all for being so awesome and for being part of this team. We had an army out there rolling all across North America. There were many great results, and also some not so great results. But no matter the case, we are so proud of all of you. This is a special group…Now check out what you and your teammates got up to yesterday!
#BetterTogether

Thanks Taylor Maxwell for the photos, many more to come!

First 1/2 Half Marathon:

Coach Dylan Wykes 1:06:00 1st Overall!
Colton Higgins 1:20:44 PB!
Matt Murdoch 1:23:37
Carla Parsons 1:30:35
Mark Nelson 1:30:48 PB!
Kyle Bryce 1:31:23 PB!
Marcus Vander Leek 1:31:27 PB!
Cody Green 1:31:56 PB!
Fainne Martin 1:36:08
Kim Pomponio 1:38:00
Jay Zhu 1:39:44 PB!
Andrea Cain 1:44:16 PB!
Chris Atkinson 1:46:07 PB!
Hope Moir 1:50:05 PB!
Genevieve Martin 1:52:13 PB!
Sandra Sukstorf 1:56:38
Will Cascone 1:37:35 PB!
Richard Brittin 1:27:43 PB!
Coach Rob Watson 1:06:41
Lisa Stanley 1:50:59
Lei-Lani Harmon 1:49:27 PB!
Alex Denysiuk 1:29:18 PB!
Gary Franco 1:47:43 PB!
Jacob Sears 1:15:17 PB
Nadine Robinson 1:29:06 PB!
Pam Campbell 1:35:59
Andrew Geiger 1:15:44 PB!
Luke Li 1:34:55 PB
Aaron Carveth 1:33:32
Matt Zielinski 1:38:17
Brandon Hillis 1:34:03
Coach Tony Tomsich 1:06:47
Ryan Hobson 1:28:32 PB!
Ellis Gray 1:24:32 PB!
Shirley Wood 1:44:59 PB!
Chad Clark 1:26:58 PB!
Andrew McQueen 1:28:35
Justin Yan 1:39:16
Craig Fowler 1:14:45 PB!
Kathryn Williamson 1:30:50 PB!
Coach Kim Doerksen 1:25:10
Dante Luciani 1:27:39
Harrison Glotman 1:20:27 PB!
John Roberts 1:28:52
Tommy Cheng 1:33:14 PB!
Pat Swadden 1:25:41 PB!
Morris Koopla 1:23:41
Brent Webb 1:30:37 PB!
David Lau 1:31:43
Kim Bennett 1:29:02 PB!
Coach Kevin Coffey 1:07:43
Lisa Strueby 1:36:16
Rebecca Hartshorn 1:31:43
Linda Wong 1:37:47
Johanna Hudson 1:31:48
Melissa Raven 1:39:40
Craig Roy 1:27:02 PB!
Jim Novotny 1:44:46
Lauren Berkman 1:58:29 PB!
Kerry Coates 1:58:21
Dana Henson 1:33:44 PB!
Sarb Kaler 1:40:35
Mariah Marshall 1:39:12 PB!
Karen Thibodeau 1:23:44
Jenn Wurster 1:34:39 PB!
Katie Bowyer 1:31:01 PB!
Kim Doerksen 1:25:10
Julie Hathaway 1:32:35 PB!
Hollie Holden 1:39:34 PB!
Lee Kennett 1:22:36
Fergus Kung 1:24:36 PB!
Andrea Wilk 1:41:04
Tony Skuce 1:20:42
Lissa Zimmer 1:21:48
Tristan Sandhu 1:17:41 PB!
Kim Lanki 2:10:28
Thais Mori 1:53:05
Tammi Kwan 1:40:08
Mark Soo 1:46:39
Ali Gill 1:27:57 PB!
Megan Brown 1:29:24 PB!
Shira Daltrop 1:42:36
Alicia Armstrong 1:42:39
Colin Brander 1:33:07

Twosome 5k:
Mark Kerr 20:10
Annie Riel 21:57 PB!
Tammy Coghlan Pigion – 23:27

Marugame Half Marathon:
Tadashi Yamaura 1:22:10

Ehime Marathon Japan:
Tadashi Yamaura 2:56:21

Phoenix Half Marathon:
Julie Pelly 1:35:19

Panther Half Marathon:
Natasha Merrick 1:46:39

Palm Desert Half Marathon:
Chantelle Groenewoud 1:24:17  3rd Place!
Gemma Slaughter 1:28:04 5th Place!

Refridgee 8miler
Kevin Smith 50:48 3rd Master!

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It was a great weekend on the roads for the crew, check it out!

NYC MARATHON:
Fraser Clift 2:58:32
Walter Downey 3:13:13
Gemma Slaughter 3:15:33
Dana Henson 3:21:49
Nicola Grice 3:27:31
Lisa Faille 3:30:26 PB!!!!
Geoff Lyster 3:35:30
Jenny Emery 3:36:54
Mark Nelson 3:40:54
Thom Green 3:42:45
Claire Villet 3:43:52
Andrea Chambers 4:01:32
Erica Kim 4:41:44

Fall Classic Run
HALF MARATHON:
Karen Thibodeau 1:22:18 – 1st OA!
Colton Higgins 1:24:10
Ian Kerr 1:25:05
Kash Bogart 1:29:58
John Hamilton 1:31:32 9min PB!
Kim Bennett 1:31:50 – PB!
Nadine Robinson 1:33:02 – PB
Colin Brander 1:32:06
Katie Bowyer 1:32:25
Alicia Dorsch 1:32:42 – PB!
Rebecca Hartshorn 1:35:15
Kyle Bryce 1:35:26
Andrea Page 1:39:26
Jay Zhu 1:40:42
Meaghan Murray 1:45:07 – 12min PB!
Shirley Wood 1:49:52 -PB
Kara Naish 1:54:52
Kim Nguyen 2:00:19
Allison Ribaux 2:05:17

10k:
Coach Tony 32:11
Meg Lewis-Schneider 34:53 – 1st OA!
Jacob Sears 34:58
Andrew Geiger 35:42 – PB
Carlos Lesser 36:54
Andrea Digby 45:53
Genevieve Martin 54:52
Thais Mori 51:56

5k:
Neasa Coll 17:51
Chris Stephenson 20:29 -PB
Lei-Lani 24:02

BOUNDARY BAY
HALF MARATHON
Amy Yamaura 1:39:58
Mark Topacio 1:42:09
Katie Cochran 1:45:59
Rose Cass 1:46:50
Shae Lynn Pearson 2:02

Mile2Marathon Saturday Morning at PSP

When and why did you get into running?
I started running in 2013 while I was living in Toronto. I was looking for something to help clear my
mind after full workdays of high stress client meetings, conference calls and projects. Getting out on
the road and trails for a few minutes a day without my phone or email chasing me around really got
me hooked.
I never really thought about running a race until 2016. My sister convinced me to come down to
Seattle to race a half marathon with her and her husband. It was a pretty humbling experience,
especially walking mile 11 as I was completely unprepared and blew up. I challenged myself to go
back to the same race in 2017 and come up with better performance. I did and that improvement
acted as a catalyst for me to want to get faster, stronger and race more often.
I don’t think there is a comparable feeling to the joy of crossing a finish line.

How do you fit running into your busy lifestyle?
It is not the easiest, especially with being on the road for around two weeks a month with work. My
running shoes are now the first thing that I pack in my carry-on luggage.
I find that running is great way to get out and explore a new city. On my last trip, I have had a chance
to fit in a track workout in at the University of Las Vegas – Nevada and get Coach Tony to take a trip
down memory lane.
Importantly, the flexibility that Coach Tony has built into my training schedule has been critical in my
preparation to run in the New York Marathon.

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What was the impetus to start working with M2M?
What sealed it for me was getting accepted into the New York Marathon. I have never run a
marathon before. I needed a plan. I want to race rather than simply survive – I remember those
were my exact words during the conversation I had with Dylan when I started with the group.

What do you enjoy most about being part of Mile2Marathon?
Getting a chance to train twice a week in the group workouts with such talented athletes. They
elevate my performance and push me to keep improving. I can’t credit my teammates enough for
those little things like pushing my pace during the last set of a hard track workout or for dragging me
up that Camosun hill on the third loop of a Saturday morning long run.
Race days are completely different now. There is so much energy in seeing all of our black singlets on
the start line and seeing my teammates racing hard and crushing their goals out there on the course.
Additionally, the structure of the training cycle is important. I know that every time I lace up my
running shoes, there is purpose to everything I’m doing – which was totally lacking before joining
Mile2Marathon.

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Where to next / what’s your big goal currently?
Less than a week to go to my goal race in New York – I can’t wait for the marathon experience and to
see what I’m capable of achieving (and getting a chance to eat all the New York pizza after the race).
For future goals, I’m going to keep dreaming big, build on a great year and look to shatter my PBs
across multiple distances.
Person that inspires you in running or life?
I recently came across the story of Gabe Grunewald, a professional middle-distance runner based in
Minnesota who is battling cancer, setting personal bests while undergoing immunotherapy
treatment and focusing on getting to the Olympics in 2020. She embodies all the courage, grit and
determination that I associate with the sport.
Favourite quote (running or non-running)?
“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore” – Florence Griffith Joyner

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Once a runner, always a runner. Meet Jenny, a former collegiate distance runner and recent mother of two, who found her way back into the sport after winning the lottery. The prize? An entry to race the 2018 New York City Marathon. We’re so excited to watch Jenny find her speed and love for the roads again. Here’s how she’s making motherhood and training work:

When & Why did you get into running?

My first race was in grade 3 and I was immediately hooked!  I ran competitively through high school and competed on both the varsity cross-country and track teams at Western University.  Fast forward more than a decade during which time next to no running was done – not sure if I even owned a pair of running shoes!  Instead, I tried out other hobbies, travelled, focused on my career and professional exams and most importantly, had my two babies!  I always dreamed of doing a marathon and after the birth of my second child in November 2017, I wanted to set a BIG goal that would ensure I stayed active and took time for myself…not the easiest task with young kids at home.  I entered myself in the NYC marathon lottery in January 2018 and was fortunate enough to secure a spot for this fall.

How do you fit running into your busy lifestyle?

I’m currently on maternity leave and I am incredibly lucky to have a wonderful babysitter who takes care of my little guy so I can run after I drop my daughter off at preschool.  My husband holds down the fort every Sunday morning during my long run.  Usually my stretching/foam rolling/strength exercises are done with a baby crawling on me but I try to remind myself that some is better than none!  It truly takes a village.

What was the impetus to start working Mile2Marathon?

While I have some running experience, I had no clue how to train for a marathon and really needed A LOT of guidance.  Having Kate in my corner to plan my training schedule, help with fueling, recovery advice, etc., will help ensure I arrive at that start line in November healthy, fit, slightly less terrified of the task ahead and I’m just so excited to see what I can do on that day!

What do you enjoy most about being part of Mile2Marathon?

Accountability! As I’m predominantly training on my own, knowing Kate will see my workouts on TrainingPeaks gets my butt out the door and keeps me fighting to hit those goal paces.  Kate is such an abundant source of knowledge, support and encouragement.  She will get me to that finish line in November.

Where to next/What’s your big goal currently?

Crossing the 2018 NYC marathon finish line in front of my family and friends!  And snagging a BQ would be icing on the cake 🙂

Person that inspires you in running or life?

I’m inspired by anyone that’s out there running, putting one foot in front of the other.  Rediscovering the running community has been one of the best parts of getting back in to this sport.  Seeing other runners out on the trails, at the track, making the time to run inspires me to just keep going.  

Fav quote (running related or non-running)?

“No regrets.  No excuses.  Just have fun.  Find the fun, find the fun, find the fun.”  Kelly Roberts

We are finally getting our act together and will be adopting a new/more sophisticated check-in system for our workouts via MINDBODY.
We ask that everyone; both drop-ins and personal coaching athletes setup a Mindbody account HERE. Even if you have an existing account, click on the link to activate yourself as a client with Mile2Marathon.
For drop-in athletes:
Your current drop-in passes will carry over onto this new system. Once you setup the account, we will go in to the Mindbody system and credit you with the # of workouts that remain on your current pass. No need to purchase anything new right now.
Future passes will be purchased through the Mindbody site/app. You can do so by clicking on any of the scheduled workouts. You’ll then have the option to buy a 10-pass, 5-pass or single class pass.
This system should be much easier for you (and us!) to track your attendance and remaining workouts on your pass.
For personal coaching athletes:
You will still attend workouts free of charge. Once you have created an account we will assign you credits for the workouts. The credits will either automatically reload or we will assign you a billion credits, for the duration of time you are receiving personal coaching.
Check-In process at workouts:
This is going to be a bit of a work in progress. Please be patient with us as we find the best system to roll this out. But it should look something like this:
  1. You go onto the Mindbody app to sign-up for a workout, sometime prior to the start of the workout. This step is likely optional. We don’t have a cap on # of people at practice currently, so it’s not all that important for us to know if you’re going to be there in advance.
  2. When you get to practice you find the coach who is in charge of check-in and have them check you in OR you check-in yourself on your own mobile device, all on the Mindbody app.

 

This seems pretty straight forward. We are concerned about everyone showing up at once and it taking forever to check-in everyone. So, if you’re able to show up a bit earlier than usual and be proactive in seeking out one of the coaches to check you in it would be appreciated.

Race day is fast approaching for many big races across the world. If you’re traveling to a marathon, you best be prepared and pack appropriately. There is nothing worse than getting to your hotel and realizing you forgot your lucky race socks at home.

Check out our suggested packing list below

Important!
Passport
Wallet (with credit cards)
Mobile
Airbnb or hotel information
Race registration info on your phone or printed out

Race Day Gear
Pro Tip: pack race kit in your carry-on luggage, just in case…
Running shoes
Shorts, bra, socks, and long sleeve for shakeout run
Shorts, bra, socks and tank for marathon
Throwaway clothes for race morning: toque, old sweatpants, water-resistant poncho, old warm long sleeve, old cotton sweatshirt (older and warmer the better – you’ll never see this stuff again)
Racing hat in case of rain or heat
Racing gloves or arm sleeves in case of cold weather
Garbage bag (big one) to sit on in the athletes village
Kleenex pack to bring to the athletes village
Water bottle for before the race
Racing sunglasses (bring to race start only if planning to wear them)
Post-race layers: jacket, poncho, mitts, toque (give these to your family members)
Small tub of vaseline or body glide
Aleve or other pain/inflammation relief

Food
Snacks for flight: bars, bananas, etc.
Oatmeal packets
Gels, gummies, etc. *exactly what you need for race day, plus a few extra

Clothes
Comfortable travel/walking shoes for all non-running related activities
All-weather jacket
Sunglasses
Underwear (can never have too much underwear!)
Compression socks for flight (we know, so stylish right!)
Non-running clothes – it’s okay to be a bit inconspicuous once in a while and walk around in regular clothes
Essential makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, deodorant (gotta look good out there too!)

seawheeze-2016

by Coach Kate Gustafson

So you won the SeaWheeze 2018 lottery?! Now it’s showtime. This half marathon/party thrown by lululemon always delivers something totally unique that you really won’t find anywhere else across Canada’s racing scene.

 

Every year there is a ton of buzz around the SeaWheeze Showcase Store and you know what, it’s pretty sweet. Even if you’re not into sleeping outside to get first dibs on the exclusive gear it’s worth walking through the store on your way to the race packet pickup to shop what’s still available.

 

In the past (and I’m pretty sure it’s the same this year) you won’t get a race bib but you will get some kind of race chip for your shoe/wrist/body. Don’t forget to attach this the night before the race and be sure to follow the directions in your race packet.

 

Mentally prepare for rain but don’t overdress on race morning because you’ll be warm out there once you get started. If you can, get friends or family to carry a jacket for you to throw on post-race. Vaseline on parts of your body that tend to chafe is probably a good idea. Also, rain can make you feel like you’re not thirsty (especially after training through the summer heat), PLEASE remember to drink at the aid stations and take your gels just like you’ve practiced. No new tricks on race day. Go with what you know.

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Give yourself plenty of time to warm up in advance of the 7:00am start. It’s an early one, folks!

 

The course itself is challenging with some sharp turns on the Seawall, a big bridge and a few hills. Many first-timers run this race, which is freakin’ awesome, but that means that pacing can be all over the place. Pay special attention to your own splits in the first 5km, don’t get caught going out too fast.

img_1327From 5 to 9 km, you’ll make two nasty climbs up and then back over Burrard Bridge. Try not to glance at your watch too much when you’re climbing and use the downhill to your advantage. Keep your mind in a positive place, choosing when to look at your watch is one way to do this.

 

Watch your step when you run down from the road to the Seawall at English Bay, especially if it is a wet morning.

 

The second half is where the work really happens and the gritty get grittier. The Seawall always features a few great cheer stations but it can be quiet out there. Try to stay in contact with a group in front of you or work with another runner when you’re out there.

Photos from a day of carnage at the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon in Vancouver, BC on May 5, 2018.

Photo by Jody Bailey @3oh6

Around 18km, you’ll need to draw on all of those hill repeats you did last summer to get up and over Lumberman’s Arch. The hill doesn’t look like much but it feels like a North Shore mountain at this point in the race (at least for me it was). Keep your head up and your mind focused here. The final two kilometres are challenging because you’ll be tired and you need to make a series of tight turns on the Seawall. It’s going to feel like the finish line is a million miles away until you FINALLY see it with only a few hundred metres to go. Don’t check out over these last few kilometres, fight to hold your pace or pass others in front of you or maybe even pull a few of your teammates along.

 

The finish line party is always full of surprises and it is worth making the time to enjoy it. And of course, there’s the SeaWheeze Festival that’s always a good time.

 

Good luck and remember to have fun. Go get it, runners!