2 weeks from the marathon – Fighting the mental battle

There comes a time in every training program when I either know I’m ready for a race or I know I’m not. Just because I want to run the marathon in three hours and 10 minutes and have been training appropriately to reach that time, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee I will succeed. At two weeks away from race day, I’m comparing pace and time with distance and effort, and trying to judge how strong I have become and if that matches my goal. Call it overanalyzing, but I need to know my limits.

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Women’s marathon record holder – Syliva Rueger in question

Great quote from Silvia Ruegger who may have the officiality of her Canadian Marathon Record stripped because she ran with the men. Ridiculous I say.

“Go after the dopers. There’s assisted, right. We did it clean. We did it on hard work and sacrifice. If one of those guys wants to come and look at all my journals of what I did, the price I paid to run that time, it was not because there was a guy running in the race, it was because I ran 200 kilometres a week and gave up everything else.”

Read the full article here…

http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/1058279–women-s-marathon-record-holder-no-male-enhancement-here?bn=1

 

And for more info on Sylvia – this is a good post http://www.uoguelph.ca/theportico/ruegger/

 

 

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Runners Version of The Fall Classic

Dave Emilio - A Runners DiaryThe Fall Classic is commonly known as the World Series of Baseball. Sure, it’s the most exciting time of the year for that sport, but for us runners, we look at the Fall as the perfect time of year to run a marathon. Generally, it’s cooler when the races are held, and as long as the Summer is not too hot, we get all of our runs in without too much interruptions such as Christmas, Easter, and … Snow! Bring on the Runner’s Fall Classic, for us, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Date: Sunday October 16th. Read more of this post

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Toronto Goodlife Marathon

Well, uh, it was a rainy day …

Dave The Bunny. Pacing Duties #4The Toronto Goodlife Marathon, my 24th, was actually a few weeks ago but my blogging delinquency has been criminal, so here we are now – catching up.

After running Boston, followed two weeks later by the Sporting Life 10k where I ran a personal best 40:49 I had 2 weeks to get ready for the Goodlife Marathon where I’d be running my 4th official Pace Bunny Race. This time at 3:40. The getting ready part consisted of some maintenance running and some resting. Read more of this post

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4th Anniversary of Marathoning

goodlife pace bunnyThis Sunday, I will run the marathon in Ottawa. My 24th marathon (2 of them 50k ultra-marathons)

I will be the 4 hour Pace Bunny and plan on enjoying the anniversary. Ottawa was my first Marathon (3:56) in 2007. I plan on doing many more still but would like to take this time to announce that somehow, I am crazy enough to have racked up over 80 races in the last 4 years.

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Marathon Weekend: Mississauga vs Toronto

Here is an article that ran this week in the Thursday Star and online…
You may notice I was quoted in it.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/990652–competing-marathons-this-sunday-mean-drop-in-participants

I had a nice chat with the Stars Urban Affairs writer, Patty Winsa. Obviously there is a lot more that could be discussed here and it seems to be of most popular concern that Goodlife and Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathons should have merged into one large Fall Marathon. Too late for that now. It’s unfortunate because the press surrounding marathons in our GTA is more often negative than positive despite the many positives.

I am very curious to see what the actual numbers are next week. I plan to compare actual runners completing the events with those of last years. I have a feeling both will be way down.

What are your thoughts?

FYI, I am running the Goodlife Toronto event as a 3:40 Pace Bunny

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Moving on – No NYC Marathon this year

We’re sorry, dave emilio

You have not been selected.

Lotteries suck. Oh well, maybe next year.

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I Beg Your Pardum – Boston 2011 Pt1

I have Marathon Post Pardum Depression. Just slightly, but it’s there. I’ll get over it. It’s actually a good thing because it makes me look forward to the next one.

The Boston marathon is an awesome race. There is no if and or buts about that. Great city, great people, great event. A pure joy to be a part of. Couple that with travelling with loved ones and great friends and you have the recipe for a stupendous weekend. Which it was. Read more of this post

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Arizona Rock and Roll Marathon 2011

Phoenix Marathon ExpoRunning, Travel, Friendship, Family. Four of my favourite things. What a great weekend it is when we can combine these together. This past weekend was no let down and I wish it lasted longer. We headed to Phoenix, well, Scottsdale actually, and spent the weekend reminiscing, running, eating, and lounging. And we ate a bit more too. The goal while there was also to run a marathon, and half marathon for my wife and our host. Read more of this post

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TO, not the only city with marathon issues

Mumbai Marathon

The Mumbai Marathon organisers, rejected the suggestion that the existing route of the Marathon on was a problem with security and public inconvenience, on the ground that it was not only too late to change the route, but also “running along the new route would showcase weaker parts of Mumbai”.

Read More a la www.mumbaimirror.com

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