The Road to NYC with New Balance
In 2018, I have become a cyclist and I have fallen in love with the sport. But running was my first love and I don’t ever see myself turning my back on the simplicity of just lacing up my shoes and going on a run.
The marathon is one of my favourite events of running because you really cannot fake the fitness. You can complete one, sure. But if you haven’t done the work, those last few miles will take you for their own.
I truthfully do not feel as if I have ever done a marathon justice. Let’s review my history, shall we?
2013 – Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon – 3:28 I had achilles tendinitis and I ran a marathon distance the weekend before just to make sure I could run the distance….
2014 – Endurrun Marathon – 3:21 I unknowingly ran the race with double stress fractures in both tibias.
2015 – Boston – 3:15 I came back from my stress fractures and managed 2 months of running before having my favourite marathon experience to date. I ran conservatively and raced a negative split. This also marks the TSN turning point in my injuries as I have not had a sports related injury since.
2018 – Waterloo Marathon – 3:11 – I did an average of 40-50 KM/week leading up to this as I was focusing on bike fitness. I ran this to win and not for time.
I have never done a race where I go out and leave it all out there and I think it’s time.
New Balance Canada thought so too and invited me to race the New York City Marathon this fall and I said yes. This November, I will be toeing the line to race one of the most iconic marathons in the world and am taking on this training challenge to do a marathon I am proud of.
I want to PR. I want to know I put the proper training in. But most of all, I want to bring my drive, confidence and ambition to the process and celebrate the sport that started everything for me at one of the world’s greatest races, in partnership with the world’s greatest running company.
Watch this space for more updates on my road to the NYC Marathon in the coming months.