2014 Race Schedule

"By the time I started running I already knew how to suffer" - Scott Jurek

So I don't know if you have noticed, but I sort of picked a strange time in my life to take up long distance running. Or not so strange, if come from the Scott Jurek school of thought. The past 2 years have been hard, tumultuous, and heart-breaking in ways that I never expected, but through it all I ran.

I ran my very first half marathon the day before my double mastectomy and fell pretty hard for running from there. Over the past 2 years I have run 2 marathons, 5 half marathons, and 2 triathlons. I have also had 3 surgeries and unexpectedly lost my Dad, so I think it is pretty safe to say it was not exactly the most ideal time in my life for training.

But that is kind of the thing about running - especially the thing about running distance. Overcoming the difficulties of a distance reminds me that I capable of overcoming the difficulties of life. A reminder that has been very necessary the past few years. When I felt broken - and I did - running helped remind me that I was broken not beaten. Running is about heart, spirit, perseverance, and our ability to endure - and it is all of those things that make me love this sport.

All that being said, a girl could use a break. 

My biggest wish for 2014 is to have a year of calm. I want to run races, push further, train harder, go longer. But I want to do all of that without all the other bullshit. In other words, I would like training to be my biggest obstacle this year. I want to be healthy. I want to heal. And I want to Run.

So my race calendar for 2014 looks a little like this....

January 26th - Robbie Burns 8km
Time: 45:47
Race Recap: Robbie Burns 8km

March 2nd - Chilly Half Marathon
Time: 2:03:38
Race Recap: Chilly Half

April 5th -  Harry's Spring Run Off 5km
Time: 26:31
Race Recap: Harry's 5km

April 13th - Yonge Street 10km
Time: 53:33
Race Recap: Yonge Street 10km

May 4th - Goodlife Toronto Half Marathon
Time: 2:05:41
Race Recap: Goodlife Half

June 14th - Welland Triathlon
Distance: 750m Swim, 30km Bike, 7.5km Run
Time: 2:28:28
Race Recap: Welland Triathlon

August 16th - Midsummer's Night Run 30km

Time: 3:19:58
Race Recap: MidSummer's 30km

October 19th - Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Time: 2:14:51
Race Recap: #STWM Half

October 25th - Toronto Women's 5km
Time: 27:46
Race Recap: TO Women's 5km

2013 Race Schedule
April 6 - Harry's Spring Run Off 5k
Time: 28:08
Recap: Harry's Spring Run Off

May 5 - Toronto Goodlife Marathon
Time: 2:19:30
Recap: Goodlife Half Marathon

June 15 - MEC Toronto 4k 
Time: 21:23
Recap: MEC Toronto 4km

June 22 - Welland Triathlon 
Distances: 750m Swim, 30km Bike, and 7.5km Run
Time: 2:22:20
Recap:  Welland Triathlon

June 23 - Color Me Rad
Time: ummmm who knows?!
Recap:  Color Me Rad

July 20 - Warrior Dash
Time: 58:49
Recap: Warrior Dash

July 27 - MEC Toronto 5km 
Time: 27:37
Recap: MEC Toronto 5km

August 11 - Whitby Waterfront Half Marathon
Time: 2:16:15
Recap: Whitby Half

September 1 - Ontario Women's Triathlon - Sprint Tri 
Distance: 750m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run
Time: 1:43:20
Recap: Ontario Women's Triathlon

October 20 - Scotiabank Half Marathon  
Time: 2:10:43
Recap: Scotiabank Half Marathon

November 3 - Hamilton Marathon
Time: 4:33:36
Recap: Hamilton Marathon_____________________________________________________
2012's Race Schedule

March 4th - Chilly Half Marathon
Time: 2:17:07
Recap: My 1st Half Marathon

June 2nd Met Con Blue - A 5km Adventure Race with the lovely Allie

Time: 1:13
Recap: Met Con Blue Recap

July 22 Warrior Dash - A 5km Adventure Race with the lovely Robyn 
Time: 54:59 (*PR*)
Recap: Warrior Dash Recap

August 18th MidSummer's Night Run - 15km Run

Time: 1:34
Recap: My Midsummer's Night Run

September 23rd Run Ajax - Half Marathon
Time: 2:12:31
Recap: A Half Marathon, An Olympian, and A Reality TV Show

September 30th CIBC Run for the Cure - 7 km
Time: 38:21
Recap: Boobie Tuesday - Race Recap

October 14th Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Marathon

Time: 5:20:25
Recap: Marathon Recap - The Good