Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nine Till Go Time

With just under nine weeks until Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon I like where I'm at. This morning's workout was my fourth straight feeling back to my old self, in control and running quick. It's been a long haul since London. Consistency has eluded me for the better part of last 10 months. I'll tell yeah, it doesn't take much to lose form, and man oh man it can take a lot of work to get back. I recommend investing time into 'the little things' to prevent this whole scenario yourself. It's not worth breaking down too much to find out which part could have prevented this. My attitude now is to 'simply' (not simple at all) do all parts, and do them well. Being apart of translating, and now bring VICSYSTEM to Canada, was an excellent reminder of all the smaller things in training I was skimming over. Using VICSYSTEM on a daily basses helps keep those in my routine now.

Couldn't have gotten to this point without an excellent support team fully committed to seeing me running happy again. A big thinks to Coach Dave Scott-Thomas, physio's Brenda Scott-Thomas, postural alignment specialist Heather Finn at Speed River Physiotherapy, and Ron O'Hare of LifeSprings Physiotherapy in Aurora which is also hometown to my always supportive wife Emily. Thanks Kim Dawson of Wilfred Laurier University for mental skills training, and for being only a phone call away! Also to her husband, RMT Lance Dawson for treatments at Waterloo Sports Medicine. Thank you everyone for your support. Looking forward to good times ahead!

Cooks & Carter summer 2013 party crew #STWM (Reid still on mend when this was taken)
Me, Johana Kariankei(Kenya now), Nick Sunseri, Terence Attema, John Mason

Monday, August 12, 2013


A week ago I confirmed my entry in the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Oct 20th, feels so good to be back! Training has been going well of late after a rocky past ten months. Nice article about announcement here by Paul Gains here
'The Beaches' for @RunCRS #STWM Training Run

Friday, May 24, 2013

I wasn’t 100% confident in my hip, it was a very hard decision not to run the Ottawa Marathon but Dave and I think it’s the mature one. I’m sticking with elite marathon for a few years more so want to treat my body well and hopefully it can return the favor in the near future with a fast time.

I’m now in Ottawa and will still be apart of this great race weekend. I’ll be at the following.


2:00pm, Expo for a Q&A with runners and to talk about your experience as an elite in the media booth - see Star on the map: http://www.runottawa.ca/exhibitors/expo-map 

6pm-7pm, 10K Finish Line for live broadcast of the Ottawa 10K - you'll find info about the roster here: http://www.runottawa.ca/media/registered-elites/2013-elite-news  It will be my first time ever doing commentating a race, should be fun.


8:30-9:30am - Marathon Finish line for Marathon broadcast
with Mark Sutcliffe and Krista Duchesne

The Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K will be broadcast worldwide at www.runottawa.ca and locally on Rogers-TV (channel 22).

When in Kenya this past winter I met Johana Kariankei, a runner and bracelet making who owns a small shop called Olympics Corner located just outside High Altitude Training Center. Over my time there I got to know Johana, buying bracelets and going for runs with him. Upon my return to Canada and deciding to run the Ottawa Marathon I inquired about getting a pacer, it worked out and I asked Johana if he was interested in coming over to pace me, he haply said yes. We worked it out so he would come over two weeks early to get in a race. That’s what he did, and ended up winning the 10k run in Toronto.

With me no longer running the Marathon race officials were kind enough to switch Johana over to the 10k, runs Saturday night at 6:30pm. Johana is very excited to get the chance to compete in this IAAF Silver label race, only second time racing outside of Kenya, and first was in Toronto!

Friday, April 12, 2013

My spring racing schedule is now set. Kicking things off

April 21 on the speedy Young St 10k course I've raced TYS10k once, 2011 finishing 2nd .3 seconds behind Reid. Typically 10k's on the roads are slower then 10000m track races, not TYS10k, BIG net downhill!

April 28 Canadian Half Champs Montreal Won this one last year, cool to get out there on F1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!

May 26 Ottawa Marathon Have run the 10k there many times, always wanted to race marathon one day, now's my chance! The Run Ottawa weekend is an amazing experience, multiple races Sat & Sun, tons of fun, can't wait :)