The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading


The Running Whys – Michelle Ingram

michelle-2This column ran in the Oct. 8th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The interest in running started from being a fan for Fredericton’s Michelle Ingram, who vividly recalls heading to watch her husband Ryan race in a half marathon in the city one spring.

Like many who are exposed to the emotion and camaraderie at the finish line for the first time, Michelle was blown away by the spirit at the line, enough to take up the sport herself, eventually entering her first 10 km event about a year later. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mary Astle

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women's race and qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women’s race at the 2015 Blue Nose Marathon and as a result, qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This column ran in the Daily Gleaner on July 11.

For years, Fredericton’s Mary Astle thrived on the individual nature that long-distance running provided. Now, she’s rekindled her fire by coaching others.

By assisting eager participants and helping them reach their goals, Astle became armed with new appreciation and passion in many areas of her life and in May, almost 20 years from a previous experience at the Boston Marathon, she’s qualified again. Continue reading