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Saturday Stories

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It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…

A post about finding the time to train.

A post about the importance about taking positives out of a long run gone wrong. 

Eric Gillis will take a shot at breaking the Canadian men’s marathon record next month.

Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…
A post about being a running dad.

A post about one runner’s passion for running.

Finally, recaps from the Canadian men who ran the Olympic marathon – Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis.

Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about running and beer.

A post highlighting Canadian marathoners Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

A post about knowing when to go hard and when to take it easy.

A 40 year old dad qualified for the Olympic marathon

Saturday Stories

     
It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…
A story about Canadian Eric Gillis who is aiming for the Olympic standard tomorrow morning. 

Tips for fuelling your runs.

An interesting study about aerodynamics and the possible impact on runners.

Some tips on being race ready. This post is tailored to those running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in the morning but the tips still apply if you are running another fall marathon.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2015

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Since this year’s Race Weekend involved more for me than just Sunday’s marathon I thought I would write another post to cover how the entire weekend went.

I started looking forward to race weekend back in November, just after returning home from spending five days in the hospital with a ruptured appendix. The organizers had decided to create a team of social media ambassadors and I was asked if I would be interested in being a member of the inaugural Team Awesome.

I already knew a few of the other members but most were new connections. It would be our role to share our journeys to Race Weekend and interact with other runners on social media. Needless to say this was a positive distraction and morale booster after spending time in the hospital.

This year Race Weekend got off to a good start on Friday. After picking up my race kit I decided to stop by city hall and check out the press conferences taking place with the elite runners. I managed to time my visit right and got to meet two of Canada’s fastest marathoners, both of whom will be aiming for their Olympic qualifying time in the fall.

Great way to kick off @ottawamarathon weekend got to meet @ericgillisericgillis and @lannimarchant #torw2015

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Next up was the President’s Reception that evening. For me it was primarily an opportunity to connect with other members of Team Awesome.

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On Saturday I also spent much of the day downtown around the start and finish areas, not sure if that is the best way to spend the day before a marathon but I did try to stay off my feet as much as I could. My cousin was in town to run the half-marathon so I connected with him and gave him a tour of the that portion of the course.

Following that it was time for the Family 2 km race. Both of my daughters were doing this race with their aunt and grandparents so my wife and I made our way to the finish line to watch them finish. We managed to find a good spot right before the finish line and were able to watch them finish. Seeing us seemed to fire up our five year old who promptly charged ahead and finished ahead of the group.

Sunday was time for the marathon and possibly the best part of the weekend for my kids as they got to hang out in the VIP area at the finish line as they waited for me. I don’t think they knew exactly what it meant but they were excited by the VIP passes they got to wear and talked about it more than any other part of the weekend.

Busy @ottawamarathon weekend for my family and I #torw2015 #running #runottawa

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As you can see it was a very busy weekend for me and my family. It was also a very enjoyable one. Race Weekend is a great event, one I look forward to every year and this year was no exception.

Finally, fundraising for the Ottawa Hospital has become an annual part of my participation in Race Weekend. Since my father passed away three years ago I have raised funds for the neurology unit at the hospital. I am pleased to say that I managed to surpass my previous fundraising totals by raising nearly $1000 this year.

 

Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about our biggest fans.

A good response to a blogger who was critical of 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on cars.

An inspiring post about one of my fellow digital champions from stwm.

Eric Gillis’ recap of his STWM experience. A good read if you are interested in reading about how one of Canada’s best approaches a race.

A post about making sacrifices for marathon training.

Race Kit Pick-up

In an effort to beat the larger crowds tomorrow and Saturday I went to pick-up my race kit tonight. As you can see from the picture above this year’s shirts are unique. I am not sure what I think of them yet although I don’t have any purple running gear so maybe it will grow on me over time.

Other than buying an assortment of gels for Sunday I did not spend much time looking at the deals on offer at the expo, that is probably a good thing as I don’t really need more running gear at this point. Now that I have my bib and timing chip I am all set for Sunday. Now that the race expo is out of the way I’ll focus on trying to get as much rest as possible tomorrow and Saturday.

On my way to the expo I made a quick detour to one of the downtown running stores to meet Canadian Olympian Eric Gillis and had a few minutes to talk to him about his training leading up to the Olympic marathon in London. For those who are not aware, Canada did not have any men’s marathoners at the last two Olympics. This year’s Olympic marathon will be more exciting to track because three Canadians were able to meet the qualifying standard and it was nice to get to meet one of them and wish him good luck.

I know I mentioned above that I don’t really need new running gear at this point but I did get a chance to check out the new red Canada version of the New Balance 890 and they are pretty cool.I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a pair!