If you’re a coached athlete you know this cycle well. Your coach writes you a workout or a block of training in TrainingPeaks (TP), which you upload after completing (or you forget, but at least you did the workout, right?). Your coach reviews the training gives you some feedback and writes the next block of training. And on and on the cycle goes.

While the GPS data gives insight into paces, distance and the quantitative side of training, it often only tells part of the story. What about the fact that you were running on four hours of sleep, or got a killer cramp on the second repeat? The point is, your post-workout communication is an important piece of the puzzle and there is a lot of qualitative information that makes the coaching experience far more complete. Without context, we only have half the story.

In our experience as coaches and athletes, communication, or lack thereof, is often the number one factor in injury and poor performance.

Post workout communication is one of the keys to making the coach-athlete relationship successful, keeping you injury free and progressing towards your goals.

Post-activity comments are an awesome communication tool that allows you to tell the story of your training. With each workout, long run, or pre-race nervous breakdown, your post-activity comments weave the pieces of your training journey together.

So, what are we looking for in your comments? 

1. Be yourself

We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly from your workouts. The more real information you are willing to share, the easier it will be for us to get to know you and build a strong coach-athlete relationship. Similarly, don’t try to twist the story to “impress” your coach. We won’t judge you for missing your paces or calling it quits on a bad day. This is all valuable information for us to use in planning your training.

2. Be consistent

You don’t need to write something every day, but a comment once a week tells a much better story than 3 comments one week and none for the next 3 weeks. The hard workout and long run days are most important. So if nothing else, give us something to work with on those days.

3. Be concise

You don’t have to write 3 paragraphs after a 30-minute easy run. A couple of quick thoughts go a long way, or you can use the scale in 1-10 scale in Training Peaks to describe your effort and how you felt. This is quick and easy to use and provides a whole lot more information to your coach than you might think. 

Leaving comments in TrainingPeaks can also serve as your personal training log. These can be helpful later on when you wonder how you felt the last time you did a specific workout or what went well in your last marathon build up. 

Finally, these comments reflect your personality and help us get to know you as a person. Whether it’s something funny that happened on a run or a humorous reflection of the pain that the workout put you through. These can be equally as important to building a strong relationship with your coach because at the core running is a journey that we all enjoy and we want to be able to share those unique memories with someone who can relate.

June 22-23
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Raymond Chhun1:39:05
Angela Law1:42:53
Sarah Morris1:58:39PB! 🙂
Jess Lam1:39:38
Hollie Holden1:38:55PB!
Lee Kennett1:18:07PB!
Andrea Wilk1:38:25
Laurel Richardson1:24:32
Rob Watson1:08:055th OA!
Thom Green1:35:21
Carla Parsons1:31:56
Carlos Lesser1:15:15PB
Cody Green1:32:57
Katie Gordan1:41:42PB
Kyle Bryce1:33:05
Mark Nelson1:36:49
Sandra Sukstorf1:56:49
Mat Zielisnki1:39:12
Dante Luciani1:22:17PB
Dania Spillet1:31:59PB
Brent Webb1:31:34
Bri Hungerford1:18:19PB/ 3rd OA!
Morris Kopola1:21:19
Shirley Wood1:42:41PB!
Kathryn Williamson1:57:16
Patrick Swadden1:44:30
Taylor Maxwell1:28:54PB!
Roy Lee1:34:23
Alex Denysiuk1:29:10PB
Conner Galway1:48:12PB
Gary Franco1:45:52PB
Tommy Cheng1:31:00PB
Laurie Assaly1:48:50PB
Sarb Kaler1:41:01
Jordan Whitlow1:42:43
Kailey Buchanan1:44:06PB
Jim Novotny 1:40:45PB
Katherine Lavoie1:42:43
Chen Li1:35:08PB!
Chris Kendall1:22:20PB!
Mark Dawson1:28:40
Anne Desplanches1:52:15PB
Tammi Kwan1:40:05PB
Mark Soo1:52:18
Shelby Turner1:42:43PB by 16 mins!!
Photo Courtesy Canada Running Series

Scotiabank Vancouver 5k

Rose CassScotia 5 km0:22:50

Other June 22-23 Results

James WatkinsPride and Remembrance Run0:16:364th OA!
Chany Groenewoud5 Peaks Mt. Seymour1st OA
Jill EmeryWine Country Half Marahton1:40:09
Charissa deKoninckIceland 10km0:54:57


June 15-16 Results
Manitoba Half Marathon, Winnipeg

Dylan Wykes1:07:384th OA!
Kate Gustafson1:16:47PB!, 5th OA!
Laurelly Dale1:29:12PB!
Louise Cameron1:51:31
Andrea Deitrich2:08:23PB!
Melissa Raven1:35:28PB!

Lululemon Waterfront 10k, Toronto

Jon Minkarious0:34:13PB
James Watkins0:34:30PB
Kyla Wilkinson0:44:09PB
Tyler Ashurst0:37:34PB
Sydney Guloien-Olmsted0:49:40
Michelle McGuire0:57:19
Jen Elliott0:39:47PB
Kat Mylvaganam1:07:59

M2M Elite – June Results


Portland Track Festival – 5000m
Justin Kent – 13:45.30
Kirsten Lee – 16:31.18

Pacific Distance Carnival – Canadian 10,000m Champs
Luc Bruchet – 28:42.29, 2nd OA!
Justin Kent – 29:38.63
Evan Esselink – 29:41.21
Theo Hunt – 30:14.09
Kevin Coffey – 30:37.19

Rachel Cliff – 32:12.24 , 2nd Canadian!

Harry Jerome Track Meet
Erica Digby – 1500m – 4:20.20
Rachel Cliff – 1500m – 4:21.64
Lucas Bruchet – 3000m – 7:58.54
Justin Kent – 3000m – 8:04.10
Theo Hunt – 3000m – 8:24.48


Other June 15-16 Results

Chany GroenewoudSeek the Peak 1st OA!
Jan DuzinkiewiczWhistler Tough Mudder 1:23:013rd overall! 
Jaime SeeleyWinnipeg 10k0:41:04PB
Tammy Pigion Napanee Heritage 5k 23:34
Jason LloydNapanee Heritage 5k18:22
Chen Li Seek the Peak 2:13:05
Ewa Bailey Seek the Peak 2:47:17
Stephen LueSeattle Pride Run 10k 37:27PB
Isaac MurchieQueens NYRR 10km54:52
Lee KennettLongest Day 5km17:30
Dante LucianiLongest Day 5km18:09PB
Lisa StanleyLongest Day 5km23:44
Linda QuinterosWaterloo Classic 10k57:27
Photo Courtesy Rob Shaer

CHASE THE PACE RESULTS

June 8-9 Results

Kate GustafsonButtertart Run 5k17:48, 1st OA!
Stephen LueSeattle R&R Half1:23:52
Sandra SukstorfTunnel Marathon3:52:35

June 1-2 Results
Whistler Half Marathon

Melissa RavenWhistler Half Marathon1:42:43
Sarah MorrisWhistler Half Marathon2:05:59
Mark DawsonWhistler Half Marathon1:30:10
Brett Barnes Whistler Half Marathon1:37:09 PB
Chirs KendallWhistler Half Marathon1:27:56

Other June 1-2 Results

Isaac MurchieItaly Run – NYRR 5 Miler45:22
Tammy Pigion Beat Beethoven 8k – Kingston39:30
Mark KerrBeat Beethoven 8k – Kingston32:37
Chen LiMEC 15k 1:28:14
Pat SwaddenVFAC Mile5:10PB
Pat SwaddenWest Van 5km18:25
Nadine RobinsonWest Van 5km19:59
Carla ParsonsWest Van 5km20:31
Marc Dowdell5 Peaks Whitemud, Alberta1:42:41
Brent WebbSkeena River Relay, stage 157:31Stage Win!


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



Alrighty, let’s talk about the BMO Vancouver Marathon course. First things first, show up early and keep race day morning as stress-free as possible. The marathon is hard enough already, don’t do anything silly to make it harder on yourself.

We’ll start @ Queen Elizabeth park, the gun goes and we climb a little bit to get out of the park, then we turn left onto Cambie. The 1st km is a net uphill, and it is the 1st KM of 42, do not worry about what your watch says, just get off the line and get the body ready to go.

We’ll turn right on 49th @ about 2.5km, then there is a nice long straight shot for over 6km. Use this time to find your flow and settle in. This section has a really nice gentle downhill from 4km to 9km. It is awesome, don’t force anything here, just relax and roll.

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

At 9km we take that dreaded right turn on to Camosun. The bad news is that this hill is a tough, challenging 1200m climb. The good news is that it is early in the race. The hill will sting, but I promise you that you will recover and be fine once you hit the peak. Focus on maintaining effort on the hill, do not worry about pace.

After you get to the top of Camosun, it is pretty much smooth sailing. Just kidding. We’ll roll around UBC which is nice because the roads up there are wide and smooth, re-establish your rhythm and continue to focus. Take your gels and hit the water stations when you can.

Nearing half-way now

At 19km we hit a long ass downhill coming out of UBC and onto Spanish Banks. Do not try to hammer this hill to make up any lost time, that is a recipe for disaster as you risk destroying your quads. Float down the hill maintaining effort and trying to run smooth.

At the bottom of the hill we hit ½ way. Your legs will feel funny for a km or two, do not panic, that is normal. Focus on staying relaxed and continue to flow through the beaches.

There is a tricky little climb coming out of Jericho, but it is only 300m long and it’s followed by a nice gradual downhill.

We’ll roll through Kits down Point Grey road and Cornwall, the crowds here are great, so use them to fire ya up.

We gotta run across Burrard Street Bridge at 29km. Yeah, that will suck but there are great crowds on the Bridge and this is the last hard climb of the day. Get over that bridge and then there is a nice downhill onto the seawall. The good thing about this course is that many uphills are followed by nice downhills after to allow for recovery.

We’ll get on the Seawall at about 31km, and from then on it’s all flat and boring. Maintain focus, remain positive and finish that sucker strong. Easy peasy right? Have a great one!

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!