Sunday, 25 May 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend (in the States) is Memorial Day Weekend.  First off let me be clear that this blog post is not intended to belittle the great men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.  But this weekend also has special meaning to me.  This weekends marks the 2 year anniversary of joining Team in Training.

I won't go into the reasons for joining TNT.  That was in my first blog post if you are curious.

Looking back over these 2 years I cannot help but feel proud of all I've accomplished.  That may sound a little arrogant, but there is a difference between boasting and recognizing how far you've come.

Over the past 1 year and 7 months, I have ran a total of 4 full marathons, 11 half marathons, and several 10k races.

First and foremost, I do this so that one day families and friends will no longer have to see their loved one suffer and die from cancer.  I do it to remember Abi, honour her memory, and share her story with others so she may live on, inspiring other with her strength.

I do it for me as well.  The feeling I get when I finish a race has not diminished over the past 2 years.  I still feel more alive than ever when crossing the finish line.  

The friends I have made, the memories we share, the obstacles I have overcome, the health I am keeping, all continue to encourage me to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I also want to thank all those who supported me.  Family, friends, team mates, coaches, staff, 
fellow runners, and you.  Yes you!  Sitting there reading my blog on your computer, ipad, phone, where ever.  Thank you for sharing in and (hopefully) continuing to share in my journey.

Thank you!

A look back over the past year and 7 months.  Cue clichéd slideshow music.  

Nike Women's Marathon, San Francisco CA
October 14th, 2012
6 hours 27 minutes.

Malibu Half Marathon, Malibu CA
November 11, 2012
Chip Time 02:47:10

Green Sock & Shamrock'n Half Marathon, Burnaby BC
March 17, 2013
Chip time 2:25:22. 

Sunshine Coast April Fools Half Marathon, Gibsons BC
April 7, 2013
Chip Time 2:23:15

Indy 500 Festival Mini Marathon, Indianapolis IN
May 4, 2013
Chip time 2:18:35

Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon, Anchorage AK
June 22, 2013
Chip Time 06:23:18  (Current Personal Best for Full Marathon)

Disneyland Half Marathon
September 1, 2013
Chip time 2:52

Surrey International World Music Half Marathon, Surrey BC
September 29, 2013
Chip time: 2:25:38

2013 Victoria Half Marathon, Victoria BC
October 13, 2013
Chip time 2:17:31 (Current Personal Best for Half Marathon)

2013 Fall Classic Half Marathon, Vancouver BC
November 17, 2013
Chip time 2:29:03

2013 Vancouver Historic Half Marathon, Vancouver BC
November 24, 2013
Chip time: 2.23.45

Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, Orlando Florida
January 11+12, 2014
Half marathon:  3:29:16
Full marathon   6:28:49

2014 Pacific Road Runners First Half Half Marathon, Vancouver BC
February 16, 2014
Chip time  2.34.58

2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon (Full), Vancouver BC

May 4, 2014
Chip time: 6.44.24


June, Scotiabank Half Marathon
July, Northwest Passage 200 mile Ragnar Relay
August, Disneyland's Dumbo Dare Challenge
September, Eastside 10k

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