By Dylan Wykes November 11 2020
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.