The Running Whys – Jacqueline Boucher

Jacqueline Boucher will compete in the half marathon division of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Jacqueline Boucher will compete in the half marathon division of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

This is the 10th story in a series previewing the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

For Jacqueline Boucher, running has provided her many gifts, from fitness to inspiration to major goal setting. In some ways though, the most rewarding aspect was peace of mind, assisting her through some tough times and helping her celebrate the best moments of all, specifically the birth of her daughter last summer. Jacqueline is back running, training for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea, looking for a specific goal time in the half marathon. Here is Jacqueline’s Running Whys story.
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by Jacqueline Boucher
When I was approached to write about why I run, the answer truly stumped me. I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and playing sports but my running “career” is relatively Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Trevor MacDonald

Trevor MacDonald of Hanwell and his son Cameron celebrate after one of Trevor's races. MacDonald recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, Photo submitted.

Trevor MacDonald of Hanwell and his son Cameron celebrate after one of Trevor’s races. MacDonald recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, Photo submitted.

This column ran in the June 27 edition of the Daily Gleaner. Looking back, it is understandable why Trevor MacDonald was not running that much a decade ago. Trevor and his wife Faith Ann were hectic with young family life: their son Cameron was just two-years-old and Trevor’s career in the information technology sector continued to evolve.

But in 2007, Faith Ann purchased a treadmill and it lit a small spark for Trevor, one that grew a year later when his friend Drew Allaby suggested to him he should run the Fredericton Fall Classic’s 10 kilometre race. The rest, as the old cliché goes Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jen Payne

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Jen Payne is returning for the Marathon by the Sea in August, eager to tackle the half marathon course as part of her marathon training plan.

When Jennifer Payne moved to Saint John, it was running which helped broaden her social circles. Then she got hooked and traded cupcakes for kilometres, using the Marathon by the Sea as an annual goal race. She is back again this year, using the half marathon as a gauge to assess her training as she prepares for an attempt at a full marathon in the fall.

Here is her Running Whys story.

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by Jennifer Payne

Why do I run? What a loaded question! Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Clinton

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Mark Clinton never thought he’d be a runner but he got the spark shortly after he completed his first race. Photo courtesy of Gilles Gautreau.

There was a time when Mark Clinton was not a runner. He tried but even though he purchased exercise equipment, he would avoid it. Eventually, a spark was lit, he trained for a race and was hooked. But more importantly, he was exposed to the incredible race day atmosphere and hasn’t looked back, savouring the relationships he has developed along the way to improved fitness. Here is his Running Whys story, a reflection on his journey and a testament to the supportive running community in Saint John that he cherishes so much.

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by Mark Clinton

I was never a runner.

I admired runners, I hung around with runners, my father was a runner, but I didn’t think I had the discipline or patience to be one of those people. Where do you even start?

In 2009 I bought a treadmill. I justified the purchase 15 different ways, with 15 different promises to myself and my wife Holly. And there it sat, unused, for four years. It became Continue reading

The Running Whys – Patty MacMillan

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aminign for the 5k inthe Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer.

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aiming for the 5k Into the Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer. Photo Submitted

Three times, Patty McMillan has fought cancer. On May 28, less than a month ago, she finished 18 weeks of chemotherapy in her latest battle. Among the initial plans for Patty, who completed the full marathon in Saint John a year ago, was training for the 5km Into the Night race at Marathon by the Sea this August.
What follows is her inspirational account of her challenging journey, the courage she displayed, the friends and family who supported her and the determination she showed to set and achieve weight-loss and running goals.
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by Patty MacMillan

I was never athletic growing up….

I never ran a race in my life….

Cancer changed everything….

What changed for me in the beginning was in my early 20’s I was told I was “Pre Diabetic.” I weighed in at 300 pounds at only 5ft 6″. This shock was only Continue reading

The Running Whys – Haley Adams-Green

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is an active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

As an accountant, Haley Adams-Green is naturally drawn to numbers, like the kind of statistics generated on one’s Garmin. But for Haley, running, particularly in the Greater Saint John area, provides so much more, ranging from social to inspiration, from goal setting to volunteerism. She is active in many Run NB events in addition to regular competitions in triathlon. She has also organized races and in August, she will be on hand once again at the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea. Here is her story on why she runs.

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by Haley Adams-Green

I used to dread track and field day at school. I was never very fast. Growing up in a very small community in Nova Scotia, I also was never exposed to the world of running. I didn’t know I didn’t need to be fast, I just needed to get out there and do it (and the “fast” is a relative concept that comes with time)!

My father-in-law inspired my husband and I to start running when I was in my twenties. I soon became truly addicted. Being an extrovert with a love for a very “solo” sport, I started Continue reading

The Running Whys – Lisa Noseworthy

Lisa Noseworthy, pink hat, races to the finish line of the half Marathon as part of the Fredericton Marathon in May.

Lisa Noseworthy, pink hat, races to the finish line of the half marathon as part of the Fredericton Marathon in May.

This story appeared in the June 13 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Never in a million years,” is how Lisa Noseworthy described her thoughts about being able to achieve a half marathon clocking of 1:46.46 in the recent Across Town for Cross Winds race in Sussex.

It was just her fourth half marathon and second of the spring following a 1:52.07 time in the 21.1 kilometre distance as part of the Fredericton Marathon on Mother’s Day. It’s a reward for speed training and a winter of dedicated workouts on her treadmill in the Lincoln Heights area.

Yet, truth be told, the numbers represent little of the personal meaning for the 26-year-old Noseworthy, who was always into sports but did not leap into distance running until approximately four years ago. That’s when she wanted to find an avenue to “de-stress,” get active and possibly lose some weight.

The best thing for me is that I can run,Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dean Mercer

Dean Mercer has completed 19 half marathons and 26 full marathons that all started with a decision to enter the Marathon by the Sea in 2001. Photo Submitted.

Dean Mercer has completed 19 half marathons and 26 full marathons that all started with a decision to enter the Marathon by the Sea in 2001. Photo Submitted.

Dean Mercer is a familiar face on the provincial running scene and in April, he once again enjoyed the thrill of running the Boston Marathon. But his annual trek to Marathon by the Sea holds a special place in his heart as it is the site of his first half marathon and his first full marathon. He’s always one of the top performers as evidenced in 2014, when he finished sixth overall in MBTS. He is back again in 2015. Here is his story.

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by Dean Mercer

I actually started running for exercise at Dalhousie University.  I would love to run around Point Pleasant Park in Halifax.  But once I graduated from pharmacy, and moved back home to work in the valley, I said to my wife Continue reading

The Running Whys – Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

PHOTO: Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

What started as a quest for improved health has transformed into a deep appreciation for fitness and running for Caitlin Stevens-Kelly. When once a 5-kilometre race appeared daunting, she now leads community running clinics and has a number of longer distances on her resume, on her way to her first marathon event. Here is her story and her goals for Marathon by the Sea in August.

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by Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

A doctor told me I had the lungs of a 76-year-old.

I was 30 at the time. I do have chronic lung disease because I was born prematurely. I weighed 1.0 kilogram at birth but had no other problems and through the years, I have been able, to some degree, ignore my chronic lung disease. However, asthma, several bouts of pneumonia and lots of medications later, I knew Continue reading

Sports Parenting in 10 Sentences

Solid tips for parents

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1 word: Hi.  Greet your child when they get in the car with “Hi” before you ask about practice, the score of the game or homework.  

2 words: Have fun.  In all likelihood you’ve heard this statistic: 70% of kids quit sports before they turn 13 for the primary reason that they are not having fun.    Encourage and remind your kids to have fun.

3 words: Tell me more.  Before forming an opinion or dispensing advice, ask for more information from your child.  This will force them to tell more of the story and give you more information as to what is actually happening.  

4 words: Good job. Keep working.  Doc Rivers, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and parent of a NBA player suggests these four words.  Rivers notes that as parents we are often tempted to say…

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