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You get out of it, what you put in to it.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey


I would be lying if I said I was completely happy with my results from my 3rd marathon this past Sunday.

I had gone in to training with a goal in mind, and I didn’t achieve that goal. That disappoints me.


I know where I went wrong, I know where I could have done better.

I lost focus mid training. I let myself get distracted by summer fun & adventures with my wonderful man & his son. I put having dinner with my ‘family’ ahead of training on the priority list.  And, while I do not regret this decision, I know it had a negative impact on my training. I know that if I had logged an extra 5-8km once or twice a week, I would have been better prepared when I hit the start line on Sunday, but by that time, it was too late.

I spent the 2 evenings before the race getting read, making sure I had everything I needed ready to go.  I made sure I spent as little time on my feet as possible. I made sure that I increased my carbohydrate intake in the week leading up to the race, and I focused on hydration. I was doing everything within my control to make sure I had the best race day experience possible.


None of it could make up for the runs I had missed over the last few weeks though.


Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of what I did achieve.

I ran my fastest marathon to date.  4:09:48.


More importantly than the time though, I am proud of my performance on the course. I am proud of the way I paced myself & managed my energy.

In my first marathon, in 2009 on this same course, I ran the first half in 2:03:17, but finished in 4:21:58. That means the second half took me 2:18:41, over 15 minutes longer than the first half.

In May, when I ran the marathon in Vancouver, I ran the first half in 1:58:49, but finished in 4:12:40. That means I ran the second half in 2:13:51, again a 15 minute slowdown.

This weekend, I ran the first half in 2:02:54, then finished in 4:09:48.  That means I ran the second half in 2:06:54, a slow down of only 4 minutes.


I think that was my biggest accomplishment of this training cycle. Learning to pace myself. Learning to be consistent on my long runs and not go out too fast.

I am proud of what I did out there on Sunday.

I ran a freaking marathon. How many people can say that?









Now, when do we start training for the next one?

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  1. Jenn Jones says:

    I know you didn’t achieve the goal you set out for, but either way I am still proud of ya. Kick butt as always :).

  2. Jenny de Champlain says:

    You rule, Kirsty, and you inspire me. It’s funny how many times us runners go out and do awesome but we’re still not happy with our performance because we didn’t reach our goal. We must be type-A’s 😉

  3. Kathryn says:

    To answer your question, less than 1% of the population I believe. I’m sorry you didn’t make your personal goal but that time is amazing and that picture of you and N is the sweetest thing EVER. Good job!