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! 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 😉
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. 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!