The Running Whys – Mary Kate Wedge

Mary Kate

This story ran in the April 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

This time a year ago, Fredericton resident Mary Kate Wedge had plenty on her plate.

She was busy professionally as a pharmacist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Summerside, P.E.I., native was also deep in the planning stages for her October wedding to Rob Agar.

And for good measure, she was prepping for the Fredericton Marathon.

In terms of running, there were no time guarantees last May, considering her hectic personal agenda, but she knew if she put in a strong effort on the traditionally fast course, she’d have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Scott

2015 Bluenose Marathon FinishThis story appeared in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 27.

As a 40th birthday present to himself, Mark Scott adopted a philosophy of go big or go home.

So on Oct. 16, the Fredericton resident will be in Pownal, Maine, with eight of his running friends for the Big Brad Ultra, an 80-kilometre trail run that will test his endurance, commitment to training and reward a running career that has already achieved plenty in just six years.

I got it in my head that I wanted to do something memorable,” said Scott, who lives in the city with his wife Wendy and two daughters.

After four marathons in two years, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and this is what I decided on.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Kirby


Ottawa Marathon Finish Line

Mark Kirby, Allyson Finley and Tammy Blechschmidt cross the finish line at the 2016 Ottawa Marathon.

It’s almost a decade since Mark Kirby formally took up running, unsure if his initial steps in 2007 would lead him much past his five-kilometre training goal.

Fast forward nine years and Kirby has seven marathons to his credit, including the Ottawa Marathon last weekend, where he and 16 other Fredericton area athletes – including 13 marathoners – combated the heat to tackle major personal goals in one of the country’s biggest races. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Leger

Mark Leger, right, is shown finishing the Prince Edward Island Marathon in 2010 with his sister Allie. He will participate in the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea on August 10.

Mark Leger, right, is shown finishing the Prince Edward Island Marathon in 2010 with his sister Allie. He will participate in the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea on August 10.

This is the 17th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s note: A lifelong baseball fan, Mark Leger was introduced to distance running as he watched his sister and his friend compete at the Boston Marathon. One of the rewards for making the trip was taking in a few games at Fenway Park. However, after receiving plenty of suggestions, encouragement and personal challenges, he ultimately tackled and succeeded in completing the marathon distance. Now, he has further expanded his interests and is a triathlete. Here is his story on running, fitness, his motivation and that one goal he still covets.


For years, I made an annual pilgrimage to the Boston Marathon – as a spectator, not a runner though. My sister Allie and my friend Rami ran the race nearly every year. I was a big Boston Red Sox fan, so I made the trip to catch a few games and watch Allie and Rami finish the race on Boylston Street. Continue reading

Recovery, fond memories, next goals


This was in the early stages of the P.E.I. Marathon Sunday as we ran adjacent to Brackley Beach.

I figure it took about 72 hours after the marathon for my legs to feel right. The biggest pains were in my thighs and walking to my second floor office was a chore on Tuesday and Wednesday.

But other than that, the physical discomfort and pain levels after the P.E.I. Marathon were surprisingly low, at least compared to a year earlier in Moncton.

I must admit, I have slept very well this entire week and while there was an urge to Continue reading

Race recap – P.E.I. Marathon


Here we are, celebrating at the finish line on Sunday.

So how to reward yourself after running a full marathon?

That’s right, hot hamburger and fries at the Big Stop in Salisbury. Extra Ketchup? Indeed.

Anyway, still in recovery mode from the big race Sunday.

Below I’ve listed the technical details, include a time break down and other thoughts. If you are not into numbers and KM splits, this is probably a little tedious.

Later on this week, I’ll post some random thoughts on the event, the weekend and the Old Home Week-like feel at the finish line as well as a few photos.

I was delighted with the result and now, some 48 hours after the start, my legs are still aching pretty good.

Well worth it though.

Anyway, here is the recap of the race.

Awoke at 5:45 a.m. for 8 a.m. start, got ready and was not thinking much as everything was laid out the previous night. Got dressed quickly, said goodbye to Kathy, who was running the half and off I went. It is a point-to-point race from Brackley Beach to Charlottetown. We were transported Continue reading

The calm before the storm


The race gear is ready for the 2013 Prince Edward Island Marathon.

Less than 12 hours away from the big race, we were carbed up, we were about to say goodbye to the girls for the night and my wife and I were headed back to our hotel to a good night’s sleep before our respective full and half marathons as part of the Prince Edward Island marathon weekend.

There were plenty of well wishes and words of encouragement and this piece of sage advice from one – ‘don’t you two have a wild night at the hotel’

Well now.

It has been a busy weekend already. We arrived Friday in a pretty decent downpour, took part in the kids Spud Run on Saturday, an event that featured sun but wind gusts of more than 35km hr. We did some visiting, took the kids swimming and enjoyed a wonderful supper with friends, family, and fellow Continue reading

The hay is in the barn and another look back at the 2012 Legs for Literacy Marathon

I wrapped up the final training run for the Prince Edward Island Marathon last night, although I may get out today and/or tomorrow for a 20-min jaunt to shake out the cobwebs.

I went 8.5 km at relaxed pace with 2 km at MP. I am definitely in full taper madness mode as I wanted to go so much faster, felt phantom aches everywhere and kept thinking ‘Did I do enough?’

The weekend is pretty hectic with activities planned with the family, some carb loading and the Spud Run for kids at UPEI. That’s a two-lap event around the track at the university, followed by medals and lots of other stuff. We are staying at a hotel in the heart of the city, Continue reading

Midweek madness, more Garmin info and a weather forecast

It is hard to believe but the final stage of training is well underway, with all the predictable anxiety, doubt and apprehension levels creeping higher and higher.  Some of the final adjustments include setting up the music playlist, finalizing a spot for our dog to stay on the weekend and getting all the gear cleaned.

As it applies to music, four-plus hours is a lot to pre-program so I think I’ll load the music into one play list and hit  the random setting. I think it will be too much to predict what energy music will be appropriate for specific spots, so a bunch of decent music of all genres (there will be some of the girls selections in there, I am sure) will do just fine. Continue reading

Final week of preparation


We took this photo of the finish line during the 2010 P.E.I. Marathon. It is a special setting for all racers, who get a glimpse of the historic setting after a final turn, approximately 1/2 kilometre from the end.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone enjoyed or will enjoy the spoils. We have a small gathering here today to enjoy our feast. The timing is perfect, especially after a 19 km effort last night.

As far as training goes, to take a page out of the baseball handbook, we can say, “Now batting, participants in the P.E.I. Marathon.”

With the conclusion of weekend events around the region Sunday, the P.E.I. Marathon steps to the forefront, with its 10th anniversary edition. Finely crafted medals await the finishers in the variety of distances and I suspect approximately 2,000 athletes will take part, all eager to race toward the impressive finish line as shown above. Continue reading