The Running Whys – Carol Lynn Landry

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

With encouragement from her friends and family and dedication in a new sport, Carol Landry has enjoyed the benefits of running, from its challenging distances to the camaraderie on and away from the course. As we head into the final days of training for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea, Carol outlines her path to the half marathon race next week, a personal reward for someone who as a child, was more apt to bounce around gymnastics equipment or speed around the basketball court. Now, she enjoys her time in distance running. Here is her story. Enjoy.

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by Carol Lynn Landry

“Of course you can!”

I don’t remember why I started running, but I do remember calling up my best friend Shelley on the eve of my 35th birthday and asking if she thought I could run a half marathon. She was a runner and always my voice of positivity and without missing a beat she said, “of course you can!”. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Donald and Elspeth Lemon

Elspeth and Donald Lemon celebrate after finishing the Ottawa Marathon in 2013.

Elspeth and Donald Lemon celebrate after finishing the Ottawa Marathon in 2013.

There is something about running that appeals to family bonding, particularly between parents and their children once they are both adults. That is the case for Don and Elspeth Lemon, who in recent years, have encouraged, supported and motivated each other in races ranging from the short to the long. Marathon by the Sea has played an instrumental role in that process and next month, both will be back for MBTS weekend, this time for the half marathon. Read their story and then find out what major event they have planned for later in August. Enjoy.

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by Donald and Elspeth Lemon

When Elspeth completed university in 2006, she suggested I get back into running as it was something that she was going take up now that she was done school and moving back home. She remembered that I had run years ago and thought it was something we could do together. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Kevin McEachern

Kevin McEachern is using the Marathon by the Sea as the next stepping stone toward his goal of running a full marathon.

Kevin McEachern is using the Marathon by the Sea as a stepping stone toward his goal of running a full marathon.

For extremely personal reasons, Kevin McEachern got into running a few years ago. In short, it’s helped him through a stressful period in his life. But something else happened – he caught the running fever and last year, finished near the top of his age class in the Running Room Super Series. He’s got big plans for later this year as well, including a run at Marathon by the Sea. Check them out in this edition of the Running Whys.

by Kevin McEachern

Why do I run?

I’ve thought about how to answer this question for weeks now (as I procrastinated on starting to write this!). I had convinced myself the answer was nuanced and complex, and deserved a great deal of deep thought and analysis. It really isn’t that way at all! Continue reading

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

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 – 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 – 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 – Tracy Beaulieu

Tracy Beaulieu, far right, celebrates with Michelle Darrell, left, and June Wilson at the 2013 Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax.Tracy plans on running the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Editor’s note: This is the 10th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 2oth 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.

For Tracy Beaulieu, the 2014 Emera Marathon By The Sea is significant for a number of reasons that contribute to her desire to sign up for the half marathon on August 10.

First, it is a homecoming for Tracy, who grew up in Hammond River, attended Lakefield Elementary School in Quispamsis and to this day, remains sentimental about the Greater Saint John area. Her husband is in the Canadian Forces and they left in the 1990’s but they get back when they can. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jeff Queen

Jeff Queen, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport.

Jeff Queen of Saint John, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport. Since 2004, he’s shaved 90 minutes off his marathon time.

This is the seventh story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 2oth 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.

2014 marks an anniversary for Jeff Queen of Saint John. A decade ago, he took on the half marathon distance at Marathon By the Sea and caught the running fever. It led to his first marathon and many more, impressively shaving 90 minutes off his initial marathon time in that span. Jeff is one of the top runners in the area and this year, he is returning to Marathon By the Sea once again, the scene of where his passion for running really kicked into high gear.

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I was active in many sports as a kid growing up, but didn’t maintain anything through university. I started running in 2004 to get back into sports, and because, to be honest, I thought it’d be fun to run a marathon. Continue reading

A birthday party, family runs and going out a little too fast

The biggest week so far in the Pfitz training cycle for the P.E.I. Marathon ended Monday with a 29 km long run, that was great for 25.5 km and not so hot for a walk-run portion in the final 3.5 km. Still, after racking up 80 km for the week, it was a solid series of runs, efforts that took me to the halfway point of training for the Oct. 20 event.

Most notably, we celebrated my wife’s birthday and enjoyed cake, ice cream, a few other treats and cheered her on as she hit 14 km in her training regiment for the half marathon in P.E.I . as well. To put that into perspective, her longest race to this point is the Hampton 5-miler last September and prior to a month ago, she had never run further than 9 km. Her determination is outstanding. So her progress to P.E.I., a sentimental journey of sorts for both of us, is fantastic.

In addition, both my daughters are gearing up for the Spud Run, which is a one or two lap race (depending on age) the day before the big show gets underway. We went to the local school and banged off 1.0 and 0.5 km respectively. We are not sure how many times we may train, but it was a start!

As for me, I took a while to recover from that successful tempo effort Wednesday, struggling through an 18-km effort Thursday and then enjoying two straight days off (so tired, both nights). That set the stage for an 11 km general run on Sunday, with 8 x100 strides near the end. It went well. The strides are difficult but I worked out at the track (trail-like surface) close to our house and it was a neat way to knock those repeats down. Still, the legs were pretty heavy but I seem to be getting the knack for doing them better each time out.

It was a bigger effort than I anticipated and that caused me to worry some about the long run Monday, where the goal was to go out in 20 per cent more than marathon pace and then come back in 10 per cent above projected marathon pace. That meant about 6:30-6:35 for the first half and 6:00-6:05 for the second half. The temperature was cool at the start and there was a slight breeze. After doing some reading about the importance of closely hitting the splits in the big race, even though it may seem slow, I went out and messed that up as I was ahead of pace the entire day. I took some gels and had some water midway through and then hit the second half in fine style, cruising until the 25-km mark, where facing a large hill (70 metres elevation in 750 metres) I went to walk-run style, walking for 250 metres and then running for 500-750, the rest of the way.

I finished and felt too tired, a tell-tale sign I blew the pacing, especially with slightly tired legs after the stride show.

But it was not that bad, considering I never stopped totally, walked four times and had one break for the washroom. It was the longest run thus far and the first of 4-5 runs at that distance in this plan. I have 32 km slated for Sunday and we’ll see how it goes in the pacing department that day.

Recap Sunday 11 km with strides.

(1-7 km) – 5:46; 5:54; 5:47; 5:47; 5:49; 5:53; 5:48

(8-10) (with 8 strides) 4:51; 5:15; 6:06

(11) – 6:05.

Sunday 29 k – 3:00:33

(1-10)  6:31; 6:16; 6:16; 6:19; 6:24; 6:29; 6:18; 6:17; 6:25; 6:20

(11-20) 6:10; 6:04; 6:09; 6:05; 6:17; 5:59: 6:05; 5:55; 5:56; 5:51

(21-25) 5:54; 5:59; 5:55; 5:54; 5:56

(26-29) 6:39; 6:47; 6:46; 6:24.

On deck: Tuesday-Wednesday – one 11km recovery run and another 18km medium effort run.