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Hello there! Thanks for checking out my marathon training blog! My name is Carolyn, and I am a 25 year old girl living, running, and brunching in Vancouver, BC.

Growing up, I considered myself more of a ‘social jogger’ than a runner. I was a competitive swimmer from grade 4 until 4th year university and often used running for cross training and variety, but never took it seriously. Although I ran cross country in high school and worked my way up to a half marathon, I never even ran with a watch! I knew nothing of pacing, nutrition, or speed work, and judging from my thighs after my first half, I knew nothing of body glide either!

Having recently moved to Vancouver from the Maritimes, and feeling a bit restless without a goal on the horizon, I decided to cross an item off my bucket list and signed up for a Running Room marathon clinic. My first marathon was the BMO Vancouver Marathon back in May, and everything about the experience was great- my clinic instructor was wonderful, and I have been so lucky to meet an amazing group of runners to train with, and to compare battle scars and gossip with over Sunday morning brunches.

As I find myself fiendishly reading every article I can find about the marathon, checking previously unknown (to me) ultra-runners’ twitter feeds, and covertly watching live feeds of international marathons from my cubicle, I can officially say I have been bitten by the running bug. I’ve learned the marathon is a beautiful metaphor for life, and that it is TRULY something anyone can accomplish.

I crossed the line back in May with a time of 4:02 and was a little bummed, as I trained in a 3:45 pace group for 16 weeks. But it was a valuable learning experience, and I immediately couldn’t wait for another crack at it.  It is my hope that this blog will keep me on track as I spend the summer training for my second marathon in my quest to get that elusive Boston Qualifying time! Join me as I track my training, races, aches and pains, and post run brunches as I run (and eat!) my way to my next marathon!


1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Leanne  |  April 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Carolyn! What a fantastic blog! Miss you tons hun! xoxxo


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