The Running Whys – Blair Bass

Blair printFor many runners, training takes place in the dark, the early morning hours before sunrise, the calm before the day’s responsibilities kick into gear.

With others, running is powerful therapy in an escape from an internal darkness, a forum to invigorate their soul, a setting to flee from life’s challenges or a mental home in which to find important solutions. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – a Gleaner recap

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This story ran in the Nov. 26th edition of the Daily Gleaner

The New Brunswick running season wrapped up last weekend with an impressive awards and Hall of Fame banquet in Tracadie.

But the unofficial running season takes few breaks and before we look back at the past year, planning is already well underway for next season’s events, including the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon and the Liv9 Fall Classic. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Krista Sutton

CUTLINE: Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children Tucker and Adriana and her mother Brenda.

Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children and her mother Brenda.

When participants in the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea crossed the finish line in their respective events last August, many were delighted to complete a major goal. The experience proved especially meaningful for one Saint John runner, who used the 20th anniversary race and corresponding salute to the fallen RCMP officers as motivational fuel to launch her personal wellness journey. This year, Krista Sutton is back and is sharing her incredible story of recovery that started almost 18 months ago. Her account is the first installment in our 2015 Running Whys series for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

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By Krista Sutton

I wasn’t always a runner.

I maybe ran on the treadmill at the gym or in phys. ed class as a teenager but I was always fairly fit though. When I graduated high school in Quebec, I decided to move to Continue reading

The Running Whys – Alan Theal

Alan Theal, second from left, and his Amherst Striders running partners -Rick McKenney, Tim Parker and Ken MacKenzie, celebrate as they cross the finish line at the 2013 Marathon By The Sea. Alan calls it the greatest race of his life.

Alan Theal, second from left, and his Amherst Striders running partners – Rick McKenney, Tim Parker and Ken MacKenzie, celebrate as they cross the finish line at the 2013 Marathon By The Sea. Alan calls it the greatest race of his life.

This is the sixth 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.

There were no indications, no warning signs.

Some 800 meters from the finish line, Alan Theal, a veteran of more than 30 marathons and five ultra-marathons, was down and those situated near the end of the 2008 ING Edmonton Marathon feared the worst.

Alan, the four-hour pace bunny for one of Alberta’s biggest road races, had collapsed just as his group was set to celebrate.

Just minutes previously, the mini fist pumps were starting for his team of distance runners, all of whom wanted to crack the treasured four-hour barrier. Alan was the pacing leader, the person in charge of getting this group through the emotional and physical peaks and valleys of the 42.2 kilometre course, entrusted to set a standard his group could follow and achieve a bucket-list goal. Continue reading

In Andrew’s words – The Running Whys

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One of the highlights for Andrew and his wife Helene was a spectacular run up to Signal Hill during a family vacation to Newfoundland.

“To me, sleep is underrated.  Particularly on weekends.  Usually, it took a forklift to get me out of bed on a Sunday!  Now, if I don’t get my long, slow run in on a Sunday, I am Cranky McCrankerson!  Funny how running does that to you. A long distance training run can fly when you are chatting about sports, family activities, kids, music, life.   I find that time to be solitude, to enjoy the company, the scenery and be away from BlackBerries and computers.”

I met Andrew Holland when I first moved to Fredericton in 1997 and we were both covering sports. We’ve kept in touch since and have both come to enjoy the benefits of running. Of all the stories of battling through health adversity in 2013, Andrew’s recovery is near the top of the list. Earlier this week, he continued his impressive strides by braving the elements in the 2014 Resolution Run. Here is his story from 2013.

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by Andrew Holland

I draw inspiration and motivation from the words of fellow runners and am happy to be invited by Kevin to post a recap of the past year given some of the health adversity I had previously faced.

2013 was a year of personal growth, a lot of learning and some injury frustration.  But all in all, a very rewarding year.

Since 2009, I had really been a casual runner, typically going out three times a week doing Continue reading

Recovery, fond memories, next goals

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This was in the early stages of the P.E.I. Marathon Sunday as we ran adjacent to Brackley Beach.

I figure it took about 72 hours after the marathon for my legs to feel right. The biggest pains were in my thighs and walking to my second floor office was a chore on Tuesday and Wednesday.

But other than that, the physical discomfort and pain levels after the P.E.I. Marathon were surprisingly low, at least compared to a year earlier in Moncton.

I must admit, I have slept very well this entire week and while there was an urge to Continue reading