Congratulations to Dvorah Finestone who started of 2018 with the Miami Marathon. Good job Dvorah and kuddos on your 4th place finish in your AG. Great looking shoes! ;-)
First race of the year, a 5k on an indoor 200m track in Vaudreuil. I went in with no expectations, but was hoping to sub 20 minutes which I was able to do in 19:06. With no speed work to speak of in the last few months, it's a nice start to the season. I was able to run an even 3:49 pace throughout which is exactly how I want to run my races this year, even pace. Happy New Year!
My last race of the season was a Half Marathon on an indoor track in Terrrebonne. It wasn't planned, but I got a free bib so couldn't pass it up. I ran an even race based on my run commuting pace of the last few weeks at 4:12 pace, my objective was to run sub 1h30 which is what I did and good enough for 4th place overall. 64 times around the track, it was fun but I'd much rather run outside! Pictured here with a few friends. I also tried out a new pair of Nike Zoom, a fun and fast shoe.
Congratulations to the Phoenix Team at the Annual Boreal XC 10k and 5k race at Ile Bizard. Everyone did very well in their age categories. Congratulations on the Podium finishes!
Congratulations to Dvorah Finestone who ran the New York City Marathon with her friend Cathy Belic. This was Dvorah's second Majors Marathon this year, she ran the Boston Marathon in April with a time of 4:04:23. Pretty consistent!
Congratulations to Peggy Badra, Susan Crawford and Anna Maria Drouin who participated in the OKA Half marathon and 10 k.
Peggy raced the 10k and finished 3rd of 98 in her age group. Susan and Anna Maria ran the Half Marathon and Anna Maria finished 2nd in her age group.
Congratulations to Susan Crawford who ran her first ultra race at the Trans Montréal 60km run and finished with a respectable third place women. Anna Maria also ran the distance just a week after the Marathon du P'tit Train du Nord, that would be over 60km since AM got lost, you will have to factor this into your races from now on ;-)
AND you heard it here first, Pete Faucher will be taking over the Trans Montréal race next year, looking forward to seeing more Phoenix runners attempt this 60k flat race which runs from one end of the island to the other along Gouin Boulevard. For those who can't attend the MRSQ, this is a nice alternative in the fall when it is cooler. I will move the date to November 11 (TBC) as to not interfere with October marathons... more to come.
I have been running ultra trail distances for the last 3 years. In 2015 I ran a 3:07:04 in Toronto after a summer of trail running which culminated in a 100km pacing assignment in Pennsylvania. In 2016, i decided I would run my first 100 miler, so I ran the 120km Petite Trotte à Joan, trained all summer, ran and finished the Haliburton 100 miler and then DNF'd in Philly because of a calf injury. In 2017, I decided i would run another 100 miler at the Eastern States, much thougher than Haliburton, so I needed to ramp up the millage and elevation training. I also thought it would be a good idea to run the Barkley Fall Classic. I ran both and finished both to get my buckle and Croix de Barque. Having learned my lesson in 2016, I decided to not register for a fall marathon, the Marathon du P'tit Train du Nord became my fall marathon project. BUT after my ultra races, I wasn't injured and actually felt quite good, so I decided to participate in a Fatass Marathon event organized by a running friend. The event was a week after the P'tit Train, and I trained as much as i could with Alan, Guillaume, David and Elizabeth. I called it the "Marathon de Nowhere" on social media, and treated it like a "real" marathon. I only had 5 weeks to train for it after BFC, but I still set a lofty goal of sub 3:05 which would have been a PB. I ran the marathon with 4 other runners with 3 water stops along the way. I ran it balls to the wall at sub 3:05 pace till 32km, the pace was given by my friend Olivier so I had no choice but to follow. At the end of the day it was a bit too much for my tired legs nearing 5000km at the end of the month. Still, I managed a 3:08:55 including stops to wait for our pacers and to drink, so a 3:06:45 of running time. Happy with the result and it bodes well for a sub 3:05 PB in 2018 as I will take a break from 100 milers to do marathon specific training.
Congratulations to Shayan Mantegh who competed at the "Championnats provinciaux civils, collégiaux et universitaires de cross-country 2017 at Parc Maisonneuve in the "Populaire" Category. He came in 4th in 21:48 at an average pace of 3:38.
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