BMO Vancouver Marathon & Being Banged-Up

By May 11, 2013Featured

Below is a video interview filmed with Canadian Running magazine’s
Michael Doyle while in Vancouver this past week. In it I talk a bit
about my recent injury woes. Unfortunately the injuries have kept me
out of some races I planned to do this spring, including the BMO
Vancouver half-marathon this past weekend. I was fortunate to remain
involved in many of the weekends activities surrounding the race;
visiting a local school, running with the kids at the 1 mile fun run,
a few expo appearances, and some live race updated from the back of
the lead vehicle for the half marathon. Overall it was a great
weekend, but I have to admit it was hard to watch the races and not be
able to compete myself.

I’ve had some injury issues on and off since the Olympics. I got
rolling pretty well this winter, enough so to venture down to Florida
for a warm weather training camp. I jumped into a few workouts with
Kyle Jones and the triathlon group coached by Joel Filliol while in
Clermont. I started to get excited about toeing the line again and
even put some races on the calendar for this spring.

But, my body put all that to a stop. It seems to have been begging me
for a big rest following the stresses of the year leading up to the
Olympics. People have countlessly tried to comfort me by pointing out
that it’s better that this string of injuries happened now and not
before the Olympics. There is some conciliation in that, but quite
honestly I was extremely motivated after the Olympics to take things
to the next level. This year has and will continue to be a real test
of patience.

Currently I’m focused on getting 100% healthy and fully fit over the
next few months. I’m not going to rush into making any racing plans
until I know I’m easy to roll again. But, there is certainly lots to
get excited about in the coming months. So, stay tuned for some
exciting news.

I’ve been trying to stay busy while working through my injuries with
various guest appearances and speaking events. Next week I’ll be back
in Kingston involved with the Run4Change event on May 15th.
I also recently helped lead a solidarity walk in Ottawa for those
affected by the events at the Boston marathon. The events of April
15th were shocking and disturbing. I haven’t had the opportunity to
run Boston myself. But, I’ve been a spectator at the event several
times and certainly understand how special the race is. My heart goes
out to those affected by the events. The march from Parliament to the
US Embassy in Ottawa was really well attended and just one example of
how the running community has really come together to help support all
those affected by the horrible events.

The website has undergone some aesthetic changes and will continue to
over the next little while. I’ve also started a Facebook Page that
will have news and updates on what I’m up to. So if you’re inclined
please ‘like’ the page. I hope to update the site on a much more
regular basis over the next few months, with news on my return to some
proper training and even competition. I also hope to including some
musings on the current state of the elite side of the sport in Canada
and other goings-ons in our wonderful sport.