Guest Post – Candice & “The Road to Boston”

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that when I started running, and started running marathons, I never ever thought that I could run fast enough to qualify for Boston.  It was an unattainable dream for me.  And then you’ll remember that I ran my third marathon in a 3:35:51 on a VERY hard course.  And you’ll remember that I learned the hard way that marathon courses are always long, and even though you have a buffer, when a race measures 42.66, you’re going to be over the time cutoffs.  A 22 minute PR, and yet, a bittersweet and tearful end to the race.  A dream that I never thought was attainable, magically (through hard work and dedication to training) then ripped out of my hands in the last 5 minutes.  It was a tough spring for me,  and my body just can’t handle road marathons the way some people (like Candice) can.

This post isn’t about my journey, because although I was close, there’s no close in Boston.  You either qualify, or you don’t.  And even if you do qualify, you’re not guaranteed to get to actually go and race.  This post is about how Candice, who I am so blessed to have randomly met through Twitter a few years back, not only qualified for Boston last spring, but took a big bite out of her PR, and killed the Run For Water Marathon.

Some might think I’d be bitter over as close friend qualifying right in front of me.  But, surprisingly, all I felt that day was extremely proud, and happy for my friend.  I knew Candice had trained hard, I knew she had pushed herself out of her perceived limits, and I knew she deserved her time.  Yes, tears came to my eyes as I saw her come through the finishing chute, but they weren’t sad tears, they were happy tears, if it couldn’t be me, she’s the next best thing.  And I can’t wait to cheer her on and support her from afar on April 18th.

So, here’s her post, on her “Road to Boston”.

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Tu-Tu Tuesday

Just a random Tuesday, and I’m way overdue for posting, so here I am.

I don’t feel like being a big typy-mc-typer-son, so let’s bullet form it.

  • Thursday we head to Portland for the Gorge Waterfalls 100K
  • Shea & Melissa are running the 100K, their first.
  • Jay & I are pacing them.  Likely from the 64K mark on.
  • I’m thinking I’ll pack a tu-tu for Jay to wear.  (Hence the name of this blog post)
  • I think a tu-tu will help cheer up Shea at 64K.
  • Maybe I should pack one for Shea to wear too…
  • So, Saturday they run, for like 14 hours.
  • And then Sunday we drive home, for like 6 hours.
  • Monday/Tuesday I work like a nutjob.
  • Because Tuesday evening, we fly to HAWAII!

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Coffee Break!

One of my favourite type of posts is the “if we were having coffee right now…” posts.  It’s an easy way for me to not have to write a full post about 1 thing, and be in line with my ADD tendencies when it comes to writing these days.  I get so easily distracted and pulled away from what I’m doing.  I feel like it happens at least 20 times a day.  I guess that’s a life and problems of a social media/event planner.

So, let’s have a coffee and chat…

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March Madness!

Whooops.  I knew I was busy and not blogging much, but I didn’t realize my last post was in February, and now here we are on March 10th…crap!

So, what’s up?  I’m back running, and running quite a bit.  Thus far in March, I’ve run 77kms!  Considering I finished off February with 150kms, this is pretty darn rad to see the progress, clear as day on my calendar.

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I’m also ridiculously busy with my work life.  And so much of my work life is spent on a computer, or on my phone, that it’s really hard to sit down and spend more time in front of a screen, even if it is for something I love like blogging.  It makes me sad to miss my writing time though, so I need to schedule it in and make sure it’s included in my life.

Let’s talk about why my life has been so busy, shall we?

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