The Running Whys – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

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A long and rambling recap of the highs and lows from the amazing Chicago Marathon experience

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It was a tad congested as we made our way to the start line of the Chicago Marathon.

Close your eyes and imagine a race where all your family and friends are cheering you on, loudly with horns and drums and wild shouts of delight.

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Now imagine you are running 5k, then 10k and this support does not end, seemingly increasing in volume and intensity along a 26.2 mile route, not stopping for more than four hours.

Now imagine that enthusiasm takes place on a gorgeous Sunday morning with an infinite amount of signs and cheers and food and drink (yes, beer was offered) and encouragement every step of the way.

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But imagine that instead of family and friends, these shouts and cheers and music and passion are from complete strangers, an international brethren who have bonded in one goal, your goal, regardless of how fast, how slow you are going. 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.

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The Running Whys – Josh Dick

osh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Josh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 30.

On a good day of travelling, it takes about seven hours to make it from McLeod Hill, where 35-year-old runner Josh Dick was raised, to the Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

For Dick, a software designer in the city, another journey – an inspirational one – took just over seven years to get to Boston, a process that started because Continue reading

The Running Hows with Daryl Steeves

Running coach Daryl Steeves says runners should stay calm and enjoy the MBTS experience after logging many kilometres of training over many weeks and months.

Highly respected running coach Daryl Steeves says runners should stay calm and enjoy the Marathon by the Sea experience after logging many kilometres of training over many weeks and months to prepare for the annual event Sunday.

This is the 23rd story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Race weekend has arrived. After weeks and months of preparation, the butterflies are sure to be creeping in for runners and walkers in the final hours before the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea.

In the spirit of the number 20, well known and trusted coach Daryl Steeves is offering 20 tips for participants to help their experience in this year’s event. Daryl is highly regarded in the running community for his expertise and experience. His positive influence was cited as a key reason for improvements by many athletes in our Running Whys series.

Here are Daryl’s suggestions. Enjoy and good luck.

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The Running Whys – Tessa Stright

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

This is the 21st story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s Note: For as long as Tessa Stright of Quispamsis can remember, she’s called herself a runner. From grade school, through middle school to adulthood, she’s maintained her fondness for the sport. It provided a sense of comfort in the face of other challenges and a forum to reach personal goals. After having two children, it provided an outlet and has helped in other ways as she manages during the hectic days with two young kids. Through it all, Tessa has a new perspective, a new philosophy and she’s made adaptations while training extremely hard. On Sunday, she will run her first half marathon at Marathon by the Sea. Her family will be there, cheering her on. Here is her story.

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When I look back at when I started running or when I became a ‘runner’, it’s impossible for me to think of a time when I wasn’t running. I’ve always loved running, and to be a runner, you have to love it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Cathy (Cat) Smith

Cathy (Cat) Smith, left, and Marcie Holland before the Miramichi Rock N Run. Cat credits her friendship with Marcie for getting her back in the fitness game.

Cathy (Cat) Smith, left, and Marcie Holland before the Miramichi Rock N Run. Cat credits her friendship with Marcie for getting her back in the fitness game.

This is the 18th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on August 10. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s note: When this series started, we got a note from a participant in the Fredericton Marathon, who wanted to share her thoughts about another competitor – one who had walked the race instead of running it. But this was something different as this walker was fast, real fast, eclipsing the time of many who were competing. The walker was none other than Cathy (Cat) Smith, who through her friendship with Marcie Holland, has rekindled her competitive fire and now is one of the fastest walkers around. She has been turning heads all year and is ready for her next challenge – the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon by the Sea. Enjoy.

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I’d like to start this whole thing off by saying my nickname when I was a child was Turtle. I was slow at doing everything, except learning new things. I was slow at getting ready for school, walking to school and back home from school. I was slow at putting things away, playing games, colouring and eating. My nickname lengthened to “Turtle, the Slowpoke”. Continue reading

Hockey and running

Try as I might over the holidays and winter to maintain a regular running regiment, it did not happen.

Too dark, too much snow, too dreary.

Among the many excuses for my lack of consistency, those are the ones which raced to the forefront.

So with the start of spring, the running season and the Stanley Cup playoffs, a group of us decided to resurrect the Saint John Streakers club that operated in December, which encouraged all members to run at least one mile each day of the month.

There was enthusiasm to get the band back together again and we have, getting underway April 7 with a goal of running at least one mile everyday until mid June – or the end of the playoffs. Take your pick. Continue reading

In Kathy’s words – The Running Whys

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“Kathy, left, competed in a number of races last year, ultimately completing her first half marathon. (Photo: Topher Seguin)

“Race day was utter joy – one of those days you will remember for rest of your life. It was a beautiful fall day in my hometown of Charlottetown. I didn’t care about my time; I just wanted to run every single step. The tears started falling down my cheeks at the 4 km mark. That’s when I had gotten rid of my race nerves and was approaching the intersection where my daughters would be cheering for me.”

When Kathy decided to run a half marathon last year, she did so with some uncertainty. But it was fantastic to witness her progress, moving from single digits in training kilometres to each barrier she broke as the distances increased. Beyond that, though, was seeing her great determination and sheer will in order to meet her goals. A couple of years back, she did a half marathon, walking, as part of a Nordic-walking club, completing the route in a few seconds under four hours. This year in running the P.E.I. Half Marathon, after months of intense training, she took almost one hour and 30 minutes off that time, an amazing reward for her commitment.

Here is her story.

Enjoy

Kevin

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by Kathy Kaufield

I didn’t mean to become a runner. Continue reading

In Danielle’s words – The Running Whys, cycling edition

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Danielle, third from right, was part of a group that cycled the length of P.E.I. this summer. It was the latest in her long-distance adventures that have included the full and half marathons in the P.E.I. Marathon.

“After a few hugs and pictures we were off to our final destination of North Cape where we celebrated our accomplishment over supper at the Wind and Reef restaurant as our “Coach” Claudette presented us with our official Tip to Tip certificates. It was a wonderful feeling to have crossed one more seemingly impossible thing off our bucket list and I could not have asked for a better group of ladies to do it with. I realized after completing a full marathon last year that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and you put your training time in.”

My cousin Danielle gets her passion for long-distance events honestly. Growing up, we would hear of the training her father Danny would go through to prepare for his long races of the day. So when we heard Danielle was preparing for  major races – for example, a half marathon and full marathon on the Island – it was no surprise. Kind of a passing of the torch. We watched with interest – through her updates on social media – her steps in training with her partners and it was great to see her cross the finish line for one of those major bucket list events. She is extremely dedicated and this year, she tackled something a bit different, but just as gruelling.

Her story is below.

Enjoy.

Kevin

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by Danielle McDonald

In the spring of 2010, a few friends and I decided we wanted to learn to run 5k and hoped to do our first run that fall. We ran together a few times a week and in June, we had completed our first 5k race.  That was just enough for us to wonder how much further we could go, so we continued training and ran our first half marathon in a time of 2 hours 30 minutes at the P.E.I. marathon in October of that year. Continue reading