The Redemption Marathon: STWM 2015

Happy Monday!

 

As promised, I have some exciting news to share:

I will be running in the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 18th!

 

STWM has been on my race calendar for a number of months, but I did write “half or full” beside it. Previously, I noted that I would make the decision in September after the Army Run Half Marathon. However, an opportunity came up to apply to be a STWM Digital Champion: so I applied and figured that I would like the people at Canada Running Series make the decision for me. They ended up picking me as one of twenty Digital Champions!Β I had to keep this a secret all week: only P, one of my colleagues and Lanni Marchant (of all people) knew. I learned that it is hard to keep secrets!

I sent in my application not knowing if they would pick me. One of the questions was why I wanted to run STWM. I wrote that last year I wished I was at the race since I knew so many people running, but couldn’t participate due to the race being way too close to NYC. Instead, I sat at home and cheered on everyone that I knew, which was fun. The next part of my answer had some remarks about the NYC Marathon. As I’ve mentioned before: I am super happy that I ran my first marathon and that it was NYC. I wanted to run NYC even before I was a runner. The day was amazing from start to finish and NYC will always be special. I do hope to return and run NYC at least one more time. However, the one thing that still bothers me, is my time and the events that lead to me spending 40 minutes in the portapotties that day. As much as part of me wants to check off the marathon box and concentrate on 5/10K races, I really want to smash that 5:40 time and run a successful marathon in under 5 hours. Something that is totally possible, as long as I eat my darn bagel before the GU gels.

I selected STWM as my next marathon because there are many Pros to running a marathon in Toronto. I have heard many great things about STWM: it is well organized, a pretty good course and lots of energy from the runners/spectators. It will be incredibly hard to top the energy of NYC though. The marathon is in Toronto, which is where my parents live. Max and P will be there as well, and therefore this time, I might have a few spectators cheering me on. STWM is also flat and fast: the elevation profile shows a few hills, but when you look at how high those hills are, they are nothing compared to the beast-bridges of NYC. Although my parents do live in Mississauga, I am spending the Saturday night at a hotel less than 500m from the start. This means a more relaxed morning as I will not have to spend 3+ hours getting to the race. This fact alone will probably equal a better marathon for me. That and I know where the bagels are πŸ˜‰

So – it is off to another marathon for me! I have to sit down soon and write out my training plan. My plan will be similar to the NYC training plan, but with a few changes.Β In the meantime, check out some of the other STWM Digital Champions. We are super excited to share our training triumphs and challenges with you and hope that on marathon day, you cheer us on!

Have a great day!

DigitalBadge_STWM_Final-2

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

20 Comments

  1. Ann-Marie

    Congrats!!! That’s so exciting! I ran Toronto last year so if you want any tips closer to the date let me know! It’s a great race. πŸ™‚ I’m running the Ottawa Marathon next week so I’m in full -out crazy taper mode! πŸ™‚

    ~Ann-Marie

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Thanks!!

      I’m running a water station just past the halfway mark in Gatineau…..I will be out there with 50 students πŸ™‚

      Reply
      1. Ann-Marie

        Awesome! I’ll look for you (in the least creepiest way possible)—-is it the water station right after a turn (after the 21.1km mat) or the one in front of the Museum?

        Reply
        1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

          It’s the one that turns into Scott right after the mats – not near the museum, through some random side streets

          Reply
          1. Ann-Marie

            Great! I will totally look for you and remember to thank all volunteers!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Marsden

    Congrats! They choose well! You are SO going to break 5 hours!
    Marsden recently posted…Hill Repeats vs. Beer RepeatsMy Profile

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Hopefully!!!

      Reply
  3. Tina G

    AWESOME news! It will be exciting to train thru the summer for such a great race!!! woohoo! Here’s ro rocking the training and killing the race!!
    Tina G recently posted…Getting over a “bad” runMy Profile

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Woohoo!

      Reply
  4. Nicole

    Congratulations!! What a great opportunity. I think that would be an awesome marathon to run!

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      It sounds great! I would be running it (or at least the half) regardless

      Reply
  5. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom recently posted…A Week Back At ItMy Profile

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Thanks!!

      Reply
  6. Kristi@Blog for an Average Runner

    I think you will really enjoy the Waterfront Marathon. I found it to be a great experience – definitely flat and a good chance for cool weather. I am still playing with the idea of running it again this year… just haven’t decided if I want to go through all of that training again!
    Kristi@Blog for an Average Runner recently posted…Ottawa Sporting Life 10k Race RecapMy Profile

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      Summer training works for me – especially teaching online summer school. I’m looking forward to the flat course! A change from NYC πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. MikeM

    Exciting news. As amazing an experience as NYC is, the morning (and post-race) logistics are tough. I calculated it was a 50km + day between walking to the subway, walking from the bus to the start line and the walk out of Central Park and back to the subway afterward. It’s nice to be able to roll out of bed and have an easy trip to and from the start line.

    Reply
  8. Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure

    Whoo, congrats!! You’ll rock it πŸ™‚
    Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure recently posted…Highlights from PeruMy Profile

    Reply
  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Catching up in the blog world and just read about your commitment to an October marathon!!! Very exciting, Rebecca. There are so many people training for fall marathons – I will get to live vicariously through all of you. I think you can definitely hit your goals and PR. It looks like a great course. What do you think you will do different when compared to training for NYC?
    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust recently posted…Week 24; Getting Settled, A Gun Tattoo, and Medical Student SyndromeMy Profile

    Reply
    1. ~Rebecca~ (Post author)

      I don’t think there will be that much change except making sure that I still strength train once a week and run a few more KM a week than I did before.

      Reply
  10. Pingback: 2015 Running Recap

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge