I’ve had a pretty busy past few weeks, attending different events in Kingston, ON and Saskatoon, SK.
In Kingston, two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share stories of my Olympic experience with kids at Rideau Heights P.S. and the Boys and Girls club of Kingston. Speaking to groups of kids is always interesting. Usually I’m standing in front of them and wonder if anything I’m saying is actually registering with them. But, I figure if I can inspire even one kid to chase his dreams than its a worthwhile outing.
I also helped lead a Run4Change 5k fun run from Runners’ Choice Kingston as part of the Run4Change event. These events were taking place across Canada the week of May 13-17 to help raise money for Start2Finish, a charity whose objective is to break the cycle of child poverty in Canada. I was happy to be part of the event in Kingston, we raised over $1000, and I hope in future years we can grow the event and bring greater awareness to this important cause.
This past weekend I was in Saskatoon for the 35th annual Saskatchewan Marathon. The race organizing committee asked Reid Coolsaet and I to lead a few runs with the local road runners and speak at the expo and pasta dinner. It was my first time in Saskatoon and I really enjoyed it. They’ve got some great running along the Saskatchewan River. The Saskatchewan Marathon was a really well run event that I hope will continue to grow and start to attract more elite runners from across Canada.
At the pasta dinner I spoke about my ‘Olympic Journey’ and Reid gave a great talk about the training camps he’s done in Kenya. Apparently our talk’s were well received and people enjoyed the banter that Reid and I had when answering people’s questions. I believe the SRRA will have some pics from the different events on their website and here is an article on how the ‘races’ played out yesterday.
One question some people asked me is what I’ve done with my ‘free’ time when I was injured an unable to run earlier in the year. You’d be surprised how time consuming cross-training 2x per day, physio/massage therapy, and doctors appointments can be. But, one new thing I have made time for and really enjoyed is coaching. A good friend of mine in Ottawa, Mike Woods (Canadian Junior Record holder for 1mile and 3,000m – Now making a name for himself in the world of Professional Cycling), has been coaching a small group a couple times per week and I volunteered to help out. I thought it would be a good thing to do to take my mind off my own inability to run, and feel the energy and enthusiasm of a group of people that were enjoying their running. It’s been a really fun experience, I did not think I’d enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge of the sport as much as I have.
This experience along with the many, many questions I receive from people about what they can do to improve their running at events like the Saskatchewan marathon have been the impetus for a new endeavor called Mile2Marathon Coaching. I’m really excited about this new project that Mike and I have just started. As we detail on our site, we’ve both received expert coaching throughout our careers and feel everyone deserves a similar experience to get the most out of their running. Though our coaching service is an online modality we are really hoping to offer a very personal experience for runners everywhere. Please check out the ‘coaching’ tab on my website or Mile2Marathon Coaching website for more info. Ok that’s that for the shameless plug.
As for my running…it was nice to get in some decent easy runs in Saskatoon with Reid. I’ve got a few aches and pains, but for the mot part I’m feeling healthy and eager to get back into a real structured and intense training routine. But, patience is what is necessary at the moment, to make sure I don’t fall of the wagon for another extended period of time.