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Win a Race Entry

Hey everyone, as you know I am running the Ottawa Marathon and raising money for the neurology unit at the Ottawa Hospital this year.  For more detail on why I run for a reason you can read my full post here. 

This year my goal is to beat  last year’s fundraising total of $900. To help reach that goal I am offering to register one lucky donor for the Race Weekend event of their choice. Here is your chance to support a great cause and win free entry. Click here and  donate between now and next Monday for your chance to win!

 

Training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

I am a little late on this post since I have actually completed my first two weeks of training for the Ottawa Marathon. As usual I will start posting a weekly update of my training on Sundays. Since I missed the first two weeks, mainly because I did my long runs in the evenings after the kids were in bed, I will use this post as my first update on my this training cycle.

This year will be the 8th year in a row that I have run the Ottawa Marathon. I ran my first one in 2009 thinking I would try the marathon distance once. Now it has become an automatic entry on my calendar every May.

Once again this year I will also be raising funds for the Ottawa Hospital as part of my participation in Ottawa Race Weekend. The funds I raise will be directed to the neurology unit at the hospital in memory of my father who passed away after suffering a stroke four years ago. To find out more, please visit my fundraising page here. 

In terms of my training I am back to running long runs of over 20 km – 22, 24 and 21 km the past three weeks. As a result my weekly mileage is back up in the 60-70 km range. I’ve also started going to the indoor track again for weekly interval sessions to add some speed work to my training early on.

My training will start to pick up toward the end of the month and into March when I add more mileage to my runs. Again this year I also have a couple of shorter races planned in the lead-up to Race Weekend, a 10 km in March and a half-marathon in April,

Why I Run For a Reason

This year, I’m running the Ottawa Marathon for the seventh consecutive year. And for the sixth consecutive year I’m raising money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of my participation in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

I began raising money for the Ottawa Hospital because of the vital role it plays in our community. And after suffering a ruptured appendix late last year – I experienced first hand the excellent care provided by the Ottawa Hospital. But they can’t do it all without community support – and that is where you and I come in.

This year I will be asking for your help to raise funds directed to Neurology  at Ottawa Hospital. I raise money for Neurology in memory of my father, who passed away following a stroke in 2012.

Last year, we raised $800. This year, with your support I hope to raise $1000.

To make your donation to my campaign for the Ottawa hospital – click here now.

 

Book Giveaway: 4:09:43 Through the Eyes of the Runners

On May 25th I will run my sixth Ottawa Marathon. For the past five years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold a book giveaway.

This year I’ll be giving away a copy of 4:09:43 by Hal Higdon.  The book is a look at the 2013 Boston Marathon through the eyes of runners who ran the race with the title obviously referring to the moment the bombs went off.

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To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @PatRuns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation.  Click here for more details. Once again this year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital. This cause became important to me after my father passed away in 2012 as a result of a stroke.

The winner will be announced on May 22. Good luck!

Book Giveaway: Running on Air

On May 26th I will run my fifth Ottawa Marathon. For the past four years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold a book giveaway.

This year I’ll be giving away a copy of Running on Air by Budd Coates.  If you haven’t heard of the book, the author presents a new training method involving rhythmic breathing to help you run smarter and stronger. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @patruns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation. Click here for more details. Once again this year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital. This cause became important to me after my father passed away in 2012 as a result of a stroke.

Please help me help the Ottawa Hospital, and donate generously to this very important cause.

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday May 21.

Good luck!

2013 Resolutions

Inspired by a post on the following page I decided to come up with a list of my running related resolutions for 2013. Here they are:

  •  Do regular yoga stretches and core workout, 4-5 times per week.
  • Weekly speed intervals at the dome.
  • Weekly hill training.
  • Have at least one vegetarian day per week.
  • When the snow is gone, weekend runs with one of the girls in the Chariot.
  • Run goal marathon pace at Around the Bay in March, 4:30/km. Finish under 2:15 before cutoff for silver medals.
  • Run 4:15/km pace at Run for Reach half-marathon in April. Aim for a repeat of last year’s finishing time of 1:29.
  • Have 2-3 weeks of 100 km at peak training.
  • Lunch time runs at work to pick up extra mileage during peak training.
  • Run 400 km in April.
  • Match or surpass the $600 I raised for the Ottawa Hospital last year as part of Ottawa Race Weekend.
  • Get my Boston qualifying time (3:10) at the Ottawa Marathon in May.
  • Help my wife plan meals so we have healthy food in the house.
  • Avoid soccer injuries!

What running related resolutions do you have for 2013?

Book Giveaway

This will be my fourth straight year running the Ottawa Marathon. For the past three years I have also raised money for the Ottawa Hospital as part of Ottawa Race Weekend. In conjunction with my efforts to raise money for the Ottawa Hospital I have decided to hold another book giveaway on here.

This year I decided to give away a local book that most of you located outside of Ottawa will not have heard of. The book I am giving away this year is Why I Run by Mark Sutcliffe. I quite enjoyed reading it. You can read my review of it here.

To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @patruns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation. Click here for more details. This year the money I raise will be directed to neurology at the Ottawa Hospital, an issue that has become more important to me over the past couple of months.

The winner will be chosen next Tuesday, March 13.

Good Luck!

Help me Help the Ottawa Hospital

 

As you are already aware, I will be running the Ottawa Marathon in May.

In addition to running the marathon, I will be raising funds for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation again this year. Please be generous and join me in supporting a great cause your gift will go a long way to helping the Ottawa hospital Foundation continue its lifesaving work in the community.

My goals for 2011 are to my time of 3:22 at Prince Edward County Marathon in October and to surpass $250 I raised  for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation from last year.

You can follow my progress by watching the thermometer in the sidebar on the right side of the screen.

Click here to make your donation.