For many of you, your goal race for the spring season is done and dusted. Whether the distance was 1 mile, the marathon, or something in between and no matter if you met, exceeded or came up a bit short of your goal, now is most definitely the time for a bit of rest and recovery.

We all need to respect the need for downtime. It’s as important to listen to your body now as it is when you are in the thick of training. At M2M we usually recommend you take a full week off from running after a marathon. You put your body through a lot of trauma out on the roads and trails. If you find you can’t sit still during this time off from running it’s okay to do some other low-impact or non-impact training. A return to full training should happen gradually over the next 2-3 weeks. Even if your goal race was shorter than the marathon you should still take a few rest days and a few weeks away from structured training.

Take some time for your mind

Too often we see athletes neglecting this aspect of recovery. It’s important that we respect the mental fatigue from a big training block and goal race. 2018 Boston Marathon Champ, Des Linden, said it best after this year’s race.

There is just no way you can stay focused and ‘on it’ day in and day out 52 weeks of the year without experiencing some mental burnout. So even if your body is feeling recovered, take some time off for your mind.

Coping with the post-marathon blues

Many athletes find the transition time between seasons very difficult. I can remember that time well – the post-marathon blues were something I often experienced during my career. You’re out of routine, eating like crap, drinking more than usual and your future goals are a bit unclear. And that is ok.

The transition period is definitely the time to indulge, spend more time with friends and family (that may have been a bit neglected when you were crushing all those miles prepping for your goal race), and do some non-running activities on your bucket list.  It is also a good time to try something new in training or racing. Sign-up for that trail race you’ve always wanted to do or start that strength training routine you’ve neglected for so long. Mixing it up a little should help you to get rolling again later this spring.

So what’s next?

If you haven’t planned out your racing schedule for the fall, now is a good time to do that too. Sit down with your coach, talk about your goals and make a plan to achieve them. This has always been something that helped me kick start my training again after a little downtime. Getting those goal races set in stone can help you visualize what the training will be like over the next few months.

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

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!

 

 

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!

Our dear friend Chris Napier from Simon Fraser University needs your help with a new research study. This study aims to examine the relationship between training load, biomechanics and running-related injury. The collected information will serve as a basis for developing safe and effective guidelines for future training programs. Participants will be asked to wear a RunScribe sensor on each shoe for the duration of the study (6 months). During this time, the sensor will record biomechanical parameters such as impact, cadence, etc. These will be uploaded after each run and the participant will be asked to give the run a rating of perceived exertion (1-10). Participants will also be required to complete a short weekly questionnaire regarding pain/injury (1-2 minutes). If the participant meets predetermined injury criteria, they will receive one free physiotherapy assessment to diagnose the injury. There is no need to change your training during the study – you are asked to continue training normally. Click HERE for full details.

Do not forget to click on the link on page 4 of the study details to register for the study!

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.