Dylan Wykes

Dylan is one of the most successful marathon runners in Canada. He was a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team,  finishing 20th in the marathon. Dylan recently made the move to Ottawa with his wife, Francine, and two young daughters.

Career Highlights

  • 20th – 2012 London Olympic Games (2:15:26)
  • 6th – 2012 Rotterdam Marathon (2:10:47)
  • 2010 California International Marathon Champion (2:12:39)
  • Multiple time Canadian medalist at distances from 5,000m on the track to Cross-Country

Lifetime PBs

  • Marathon 2:10:47Rotterdam, 2012
  • Half-Marathon 1:02:14NYC, 2011
  • 10,000m 28:12.82Stanford, 2011
  • 5,000m 13:43Eugene, 2011

Coaching Philosophy?

Being patient and enjoying the moment are two big takeaways that I try to apply with my athletes. As an athlete, I was terrible at both. I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve some pretty lofty goals in my career. If I could do it again I’d take more time to step back and appreciate the process. Helping people set goals and breaking it down into realistic steps is how I try to set people up to approach things patiently.

Favourite race distance and why?

The half-marathon is my favourite race distance. You might be surprised I didn’t say the marathon! But the marathon is too big a beast, the training is too tough and the recovery after racing is rough. I never raced a marathon where at some point during the race I didn’t think “why the F*ck am I doing this”.
The half marathon is a distance that is still a very good test of endurance but doesn’t require the same amount of training volume as the marathon. And you can race half’s much more frequently. I wish it was a race distance at more major championships (Olympics and Worlds).

Most memorable coaching moment?

The first group I coached in Vancouver met at 6:00 am down by Jericho Beach Park. They ran around a 1.3k road loop we called Locarno loop. Being told off by a city worker, when I tried to stop traffic during a workout.

Favourite post-workout treat or go-to place?

When I trained in Flagstaff I loved to go to this diner called Brandy’s to devour Swedish Oat Pancakes. They were delicious, but also massive and the waitress always doubted me when I ordered two. No one should doubt my pancake eating abilities.

Favourite running podcast, website, books, videos, or blog?

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Running on the Treadmill

While we would love to stick to the roads year-round, it’s not always possible depending on where you live. Cities like Ottawa and Edmonton are known for their hard-hitting…

Photos from a M2M Kenyan Fartlek style workout at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Mile2Marathon’s Guide to Winter Running

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…