The Running Whys – Cathy Jeffrey

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Cathy Jeffrey races in the 2013 Boston Marathon, less than two years after taking up running the sport.

This article appeared in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner June 18.

Growing up in Sackville, Cathy Jeffrey first used jogging to keep in shape for her high performance tennis career.

She has many memories of running behind the family suburban van near her cottage with her siblings, training until her father “could see us in the mirror, laying face down in the dirt.

The early regiment paid dividends for Jeffrey, who competed annually at the Canadian Junior National Tennis Championships, winning a couple of doubles titles, all of which served as a stepping stone to making the Virginia Tech University tennis team on a full tuition Division 1 scholarship. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Brenda Guitard

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Brenda Guitard is shown here in the 2013 Boston Marathon, turning onto Bolyston Street toward the finish line.

Many people in the Saint John running community will recognize the person we have profiled – Brenda Guitard. Originally, we asked a few questions and Brenda suggested we weave them into a story.

But she’s done such an awesome job of detailing her career, her words are perfect.

Here is today’s Running Whys for the Marathon by the Sea, which takes place Aug 12-14 in Saint John.

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I was born and raised in Saint John. After graduating from University, I moved to Northern Ontario, where I taught high school for 18 years. In 2008, I returned to Saint John, supply teaching and working at the Running Room. For the last four years, I have been teaching physical education in elementary school – One year at Sussex Elementary School before moving Belleisle Elementary School, where I am in my third year. I continue to work at the Running Room part-time. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Paul Sands

Paul's Marathon 2015This is the first in a series of stories on runners, walkers and volunteers who will be taking part in the Marathon by the Sea this upcoming August. This is the third year for these stories entitled the Running Whys and in 2016, we lead off with Paul Sands of Saint John.

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It’s been almost four years since Paul Sands of Saint John got back into running. In June of 2012, then 58, Paul started walking, then running, in an effort to combat the effects of sitting most of his work day at a desk. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Todd Price

: Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price could win Marathon by the Sea. The veteran runner is back for a serious attempt at pushing himself and if he puts together one of those special runs, he figures there is a chance to break his personal best, set back in 2006 and that may just be good enough to earn the overall title Sunday in the full marathon. But in his Running Whys, Todd details his long running history, why he ran, and why he hit the brakes a bit, only to return, refreshed and rejuvenated. We will learn about what running means to him, the runs to the Moose, his kinship on the course, beer drinking in Philly and his incredible affection for Marathon by the Sea. Enjoy.

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First off, I want to say thank you.  I’ve actually followed Kevin’s blog on Facebook the past year and read through a number of running stories since last year’s Marathon by the Sea.  Having the opportunity to be included in the build up for this year’s race is a highlight for me through this year’s Marathon preparation.  Continue reading

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 – 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 Whys – Kay Stairs

Kay Stairs met Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

Kay Stairs, left, met Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner May 16.

Midway through training for an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon, Fredericton’s Kay Stairs got married.

Several days after tying the knot, Kay and her husband Richard spent a few days in Saint John and the couple celebrated by tying their sneakers and taking to the roads of the Port City.

We just went down for a few days after the wedding and proceeded to go out for a 20-mile run,” said Stairs, chuckling at her fitness regiment in February 2014.

You gotta do what you gotta do.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.

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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

Day 1, Week 1

I got the calculator out this weekend and determined that my timeline for PEI consists of 154 days. Daunting when expressed in those terms. But the best part of the plans are the various sub goals and mini goals along the way, as well as some test runs to assess fitness and progress.

However, if there is one sure-fire way to get motivation levels boosted, particularly at the start of a 22-week journey, then reading the results of friends and their performances at major events on their running schedules is the way to do that.

In early May, my wife Kathy was rewarded for her dedication to cross training and running as she knocked almost two minutes off her best time in the 5k. Even more impressive was the time was almost seven full minutes faster than 5k we ran when we lived in Fredericton – in 1999.

Just two Sundays ago, my former TJ colleague April Cunningham blazed through the Fredericton half marathon and knocked about 14 minutes off her previous best time for the half marathon. If you know April, you can appreciate her dedication and progress after a relatively short time in the sport.

Also in Fredericton, an old media colleague Andrew Holland completed the Fredericton half marathon, approximately one year after some significant health issues kept him away from the training circuit.

This past Sunday, a former Guardian staffer Shelley Carroll drove from her home in Amherst to the 10th annual Bluenose Marathon. Shelley, whose been active in the sport for  a number of years, kicked some serious ass, clocking in approx 3:38 to qualify for her first Boston Marathon.

So when you see results like these, it is easy to get out the door and back on the roads.

For me, the first official day of training was a 10k run Sunday morning, in 8C temperatures. I am still getting over the flu and my enthusiasm was lacking somewhat but I completed the distance in a steady 5:45/km.

Congrats to all who accomplished goals in the past couple of weeks in Fredericton and Halifax.

Well done.

This week’s schedule: 5 runs, approx 40-45 kms. Base training.

– Kevin