The Running Whys – Jeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown of Fredericton will compete in the Port City Challenge, tackling the 5k runs on Friday August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and the 10 k race Sunday, August 14 during Marathon By The Sea.

He will turn 30 next month and as a youngster, was a soccer player, which helped him get introduced to running in the first place. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Marathon by the Sea

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

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 individual stories, which can be seen by scrolling on this blog, are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

The motivations ranged from dedications, personal growth or just finishing five kilometres to winning their event or qualifying for the Boston Marathon. In May, we asked 20 people about the reasons they run – The Running Whys – and also why they decided to participate in the 20th anniversary of Emera Marathon by the Sea. The goal was to reach out and develop a small snapshot of those taking part in the Port City’s biggest running event on Sunday.

What we got was a poignant collection of stories that focused a number of themes, the biggest of all was family. The powerful replies, which can be seen here and here, generated wonderful accounts of dedication and recovery, tribute and purpose, all focused on a particular goal or goals for Sunday and beyond.

The goal was 20 stories. We finished with 22 as well as a timely series of coaching tips. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Stacey Briggs

Stacey Briggs of Quispamsis made the transition to running after she retired from the Canadian women’s rowing team. Photo/Topher Seguin

Stacey Briggs made the transition to running after she retired from the Canadian women’s rowing team. Photo/Topher Seguin

This is the 20th story in a series profiling runners and 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: After years of elite level rowing, it seemed only natural that Stacey Briggs of Quispamsis made early morning runs a part of her regular fitness routine as she transitioned from her competitive career. The morning outings, a staple for many distance runners, were perfect for Stacey, accustomed to many early hours on the Kennebecasis River honing her craft on the water.

Now a teacher in the Anglophone South School District, Stacey is one of the top runners in her class and in 2010, was the second fastest woman in the 5-mile event of Marathon by the Sea and ninth overall in the 301-person field.

Here is her story on running and what it means to her.

Enjoy.

 

I have always enjoyed being active, and after retiring from the women’s national rowing team, I wanted to stay in shape with something that was going to keep me outdoors and really challenge me. Continue reading

Tempos and a missed run

This was not the greatest week for running as for some reason, it was a mental fight to get out the door each session. It cost me one session Wednesday as I just did not have it to get going after a day at work and then a special freelance photo job in the evening. Possibly, I will make it up Monday.

Overall, it was tough to take that first step all week (maybe the deck work caught up to me) but now that a week of vacation has hit, it figures to get easier. I must admit that reading others’ blogs or updates got me going with some messages of inspiration or dedication. Reading those made me think that October’s run will get rated as a success only if I put in the work now. I’ve done that in the past but maybe because I am blogging, the accountability factor has jumped and there is no room to slack off.

And this is an intense week in the Pfitzner training plan for the P.E.I. Marathon so if I make up the lost run (8k recovery pace) on Monday, all will be good.

The big session of the week was Tuesday’s tempo effort, which consisted of 8km at 5:00 per km pace of a 14km run. It equalled the longest tempo distance of training so far and took me through some solid elevation swings. Good news is the tempo paces were all under 5:00 per km, averaging 4:55 and ranging between 4:48-4:59.

After Wednesday’s missed run, I hit the road for 16km on Thursday, averaging 5:57, which is consistent with my pacing (15 per cent above Marathon pace) the previous two times I ran that distance.

Friday was an off day and Saturday morning, I hit the treadmill for a light run at 6:47 per km.

Now to get back on track.

Recap

Tuesday – 3k warm up, then 8k tempo, aiming for 5:00 per km, 3k cool down

Thursday – 16k average 5:57

Saturday – 8k, treadmill. 6:50 pace while watching the British Open.

Sunday 26 k, with 13 at marathon pace

Good news is that weigh in this week was 182.5 pounds, down from 189 earlier in this cycle.