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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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ICEBREAKER 8k | STEVESTON, BC (full results here)

Kevin Coffey – 24:36

Tony Tomsich – 24:45

Josh Potvin – 25:35

Theo Hunt – 25:35

Tony Skuce – 30:06

Lee Kennett – 30:08

Kim Doerksen – 30:57

Laurel Richardson – 30:59

Lissa Zimmer – 31:25

David Watt – 31:32

Gemma Slaughter – 31:36

Mark Topacio – 34:01

Colin Brander – 34:33

Fainne Martin – 34:29

Jay Zhu – 35:07

Kat Lavoie – 35:08

Jill Delane – 35:42

Melissa Raven – 35:45

Fiona Jackson – 37:41

Kara Naish – 40:54

 

HOUSTON HALF MARATHON | HOUSTON, TX (full results HERE)

Evan Esselink – 1:02:13

Meg Lewis-Schneider – 1:15:18

 

OTHER EVENTS

Caitlin Wood; PHunt 25km trail race; 6th overall female (goal was top 10)

Taylor Maxwell; 3m Austin 1/2; 1:33:19 (PB, 12th in AG)

 

runscribe-sensor

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!

Mile2Marathon Saturday Morning at PSP

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.

Chicago Marathon
Kate Gustafson 2:40:06 PB, 19th OA!
Eoin Craigie 2:50:36
Kerri Andres 2:55:24 PB
Kat Mylvaganam 2:58:54 PB!
Dana Henson 3:18:42 PB!
Alanna Goobie 3:43:11
Tammy Pigion 3:44:38
Marc Dowdell 4:23:35
Erica Kim 4:40:00 PB!
Victoria Half Marathon
Meg Lewis-Schneider 1:15:31 PB, 3rd OA!
Bri Hungerford 1:20:01 PB
Karen Thibodeau 1:20:43 PB!
Liam Baird 1:21:31 PB!
Lee Kennett 1:21:35
Anthony Buonassisi 1:24:12 PB!
Kat Moore 1:24:17
Steph McGregor 1:25:34 PB
Kash Bogart 1:26:48 PB!
Walter Downey 1:27:07 PB!
Thom Green 1:30:18 PB!
Aaron Carveth 1:32:05 PB
Gemma Slaughter 1:34:25
Shannon Banal 1:35:32 PB
Kim Bennett 1:40:04
Mark Soo 1:52:34
Chris Atkinson 1:52:53 PB!
Rose Cass 1:55:28
Allison Ribaux 2:06:19
Sandra Sukstrof 2:11

Victoria Marathon
Adam Buzinsky 2:36:12 PB!
Colin Kerr 2:40:09
Andrea Lee 2:48, 3rd OA!
Farid Muttalib 2:50:47 PB!
Tadashi Yamaura 2:56:08
Asita Perera 3:02:23 Debut/PB!
Ellis Gray 3:02:38 PB!
Graham Colby 3:06:59
Mark Dawson 3:09:07
Brent Webb 3:11:35 PB!
Ami Yamaura 3:22:10
Johanna Hudson 3:23:33 PB!
Lisa Dinh 3:24:56
Eileen McPherson 4:07:22

Victoria 8k
Josh Potvin 24:59 2nd OA!
Neasa Coll 29:31
Phil Finlayson 31:17

Okanagan Marathon
Shannon Dale 3:13:11
Brandon Hillis 3:40:50
Gary Franco 3:54:28 PB!
Lei-Lani 4:05:56 PB!

Okanagan Half Marathon
Megan Brown 1:27:58 PB, 2nd OA!

Granville Island Turkey Trot
Fergus Kung 38:55
Colton Higgins 39:42
Colin Brander 41:02
Katie Bowyer 41:31
Mark Topacio 43:12
Mat Zielinski 44:36
Shirley Wood 49:11 PB!

World’s Toughest Mudder Sonoma
Michelle Ford 3rd OA!!

MEC Belcarra Trail Race
Jill Delane 1:06:25
Jenna Nutting 1:17:34

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!)