Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be at the Eload and Saucony booths at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
I was surprised to see my full-sized picture with Stephen Drew on display for Saucony. In May we won the National Marathon Championship, well-representing Saucony. AND, on the Eload pamphlet, there is a picture of myself and Simon Whitfield. Two great companies to represent, that is for sure.
It was great to get to know Sharon and Douglas while answering questions and giving samples to runners at the expo. I met Reid Coolsaet's mom, whom I'm sure is proud of her son today - he was Canada's first finisher AND qualified for London 2012! Eric Gillis was not far behind him, and Katherine Moore was Canada's first female. My friend Matt also had a great race - finishing with a 6 minute PR. Way to go, folks!
I'll tell you, being there really made me realize (again) how much I love running. Boy will I be excited to get back at it after this baby arrives!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 2010

It's been a while since I've posted. I guess taking some time off (due to plantar fasciitis, nausea, and the need for a true break) means less to blog about! But, I am back. I've started some easy running while maintaining my swimming, cycling (on trainer), and weight-training/stretching. The first time out I couldn't figure out why I was so slow. Then I realized, I was pregnant! I've been somewhat following the training of fellow pregnant marathoners, Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliffe. It's been neat to read about their experiences. Kara has had some back pain and foot surgery, which has slowed her down. Paula ripped up a 44 minute 10 km race in New York City! Wow! I'm sure both ladies (due this month) will be back at it quickly, in order to be ready for London 2012.
I hope to run the Hamilton Road 2 Hope 1/2 marathon in November, just for fun. We'll see.
This Saturday I will be at the STWM expo. Please, come visit me. I'll be between the the Eload and Saucony booths. My thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn Arsenault as she sadly had to withdraw from this weekend's race due to injury. She is a fellow Saucony-sponsored athlete who was hoping to have a sub 2:40 as her marathon debut.
Life continues to be balanced with a variety of events - increased work as a Dietitian, Sunday School teaching, housework (my floors and windows have looked better!), and caring for the boys (age 2.5 and 4.5), etc. September for Micah means JK and hockey. Seth is keeping up with his cousins and talking like crazy. And Jonathan is enjoying his juggle of work, eldership, and family life.
I guess I'd better post some belly pictures soon. I'm just starting to feel this baby move around. t's a joy to be pregnant!