Posts Tagged ‘eugene marathon’

Coming up with fresh content for a blog post can often be a challenge. When running lots of races, sure, I have heaps of things to talk about. But as 2018 comes to a close, I realize that I’ve been pretty quiet the past few weeks. And that’s OK. Things start fresh again…tomorrow, right? For now, I’ll reflect on the past year with my ‘Best Of’ for 2018!

Stats for 2018

Total Kilometres Run: 1900km
Total Elevation: 26,646m (according to Strava)
Number of Races: 20
Longest Race: 42.2km (Eugene Marathon)
Shortest Race: 1.67km (Ambleside Mile)
Number of Destination Races: 3
Number of Medals: 12
Number of Weeks Sick when I didn’t run: 6

Favourite Race

Every race has its good points and some have their own challenges. Every race I did in 2018 was awesome. But I think the Around the Bay 30k in Hamilton, Ontario was my stand-out race of the year. In part, this is because it was combined with a family visit; also, it was a training run leading up to Eugene Marathon, and I executed the entire race as planned.

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Biggest Change

Although not specifically running related, we moved! After nearly 14 years in the same wee condo in downtown Vancouver, we made the decision to sell and relocate to a slightly bigger space in beautiful North Vancouver. This has impacted our daily commutes, training location and running crew, proximity to the trails and overall lifestyle. All for the best, for sure, but a huge shift for us.

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View from the North Shore

Biggest Disappointment

I got sick. Like, really sick. Nothing that a doctor could diagnose or do anything about, but a cough-turned-chest congestion knocked me on my ass and kept me from running for 6 weeks. The unfortunate consequence was not just one but two DNS (did-not-start) races for 2018 – the Gunner Shaw Cross Country (which I missed last year for the same reason) and the revived Moustache Miler. Fingers crossed I can try again for 2019!

Favourite Medal(s)

This is a tough one because every medal holds meaning. But I have to admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for the bling and a bit of heftiness in a medal. This one is a draw between:

The Hot Chocolate 15k medal from Seattle, which includes a Space Needle keychain and looks like a freakin’ chocolate bar!

hot chocolate 15k seattle

And the Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon medal, with its primary colours and slick, modern design.

Scotiabank Half Marathon

Favourite Race Shirt(s)

I’ve got three categories for this one, because I can’t choose just one!

Favourite tech shirt: the Eugene Marathon shirt made me so happy – comfortable fabric and fit by Nike, a snazzy design, and great memories of a successful race.

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Favourite casual shirt: the SHLF Run found me a perfect medium-sized shirt – beautiful soft material, soothing colour and a simple logo.

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Favourite long-sleeved: the Hot Chocolate 15k had these cozy quarter-zip shirts in a gorgeous teal – ideal for cold-weather running. I also like that it has a wee zip pocket beside the logo to hold keys and/or a bus pass!

hot chocolate 15k seattle

Unexpected Success

I participated the 2nd annual North Van Run 5k and somehow managed to come second in my age group (Male 40-49) with a chip time of 23:11. Running with so many amazing athletes, I am absolutely humbled by this result. Loved the extra medal, too!

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Happiest Race Photo

At the start line of the Granville Island Turkey Trot, this little snap of my signature Japanese-style pose for the camera!

Granville Island Turkey Trot

Best ‘Face of Pain’ Race Photo

Thanks to ‘paparazzi’ extraordinaire, Seann Sheriland, for capturing the final, painful moments of the Ambleside Mile.

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Proudest Moment

Hands down, Eugene Marathon 2018. With 3 marathons under my belt, I was determined to achieve my goal of breaking the 4-hour marathon in 2018. Thanks to the amazing support of my running buddies at Forerunners and Mile2Marathon – and the expert coaching of Tony Tomsich – I finished Eugene with a time of 3:55:45.

best of 2018

What about 2019?

Great question! I haven’t set any really specific goals for the year, but here are a few things I’d like to focus on:

  • Sun Run 2019 – this will be the 10th anniversary of my very first run! Obviously, can’t miss it!
  • North Shore Trails – now that I live in North Van, the trails are calling. I’ve done a couple of trail runs in the past (5 Peaks; MEC), but I’d like to get into this a bit more.
  • Grouse Mountain – I’ve got an annual pass, we have new snowshoes – I expect to spend more time on / climbing up Grouse!
  • Cycling – our place downtown didn’t have space to store a bike, and I had easy access to Mobi bike share when I wanted to cycle. Getting a bike and doing some riding is definitely on my list.

Thanks to all my readers for the support over the past year! Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

eugene marathon

A week after my fourth marathon and I’m still soaking in the whole experience.

I want to dedicate this post to the amazing people in my running world who gave me the motivation, encouragement and accountability that helped me achieve my goal at the 2018 Eugene Marathon. First of all, my partner and biggest fan, whose support and on-course photography are top-notch. He survived the ‘marathon widower’ training period without complaint. Secondly, to the team at Forerunners Van (too many to name, but Allie, Ciara, Laurel and Andrea…you are my crew!). Finally, training under the watchful eye of Coach Tony – thanks to you and Mile2Marathon for pushing me further than I thought I could ever go.

Now, on to the race – the phenomenal Eugene Marathon!


All My Race Reports

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I’ve been blogging about every race I’ve run since 2014. Here is a complete chronological list of my race reports, including reports from a couple of guest bloggers!


August – REVEL Chilliwack Half Marathon (coming soon)

August – Squamish Days 8K (coming soon)

July – Summerfast (coming soon)

July – 5 Peaks Cypress

June – Canada Beer Run (coming soon)

June – Scotiabank 5K (coming soon)

June – Seek the Peak – Relay (coming soon)

June – West Van Run Summer

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – Run for Women

April – Sun Run – My 10th Runniversary!

April – MEC Trail Race: Pacific Spirit Park

March – Cap Crusher 12K

March – West Van Run Weekend

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Icebreaker 8K


November – Fall Classic 10K

October – SHLF Run

October – Granville Island Turkey Trot

September – North Van Run

September – Under Armour Eastside 10K

September – Coho Run

July – Vancouver Pride Run

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Scotiabank Half Marathon

June – West Van Run Summer

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – BMO Vancouver 8K

April – Eugene Marathon

March – Around the Bay Road Race 30K

March – Hot Chocolate 15K Seattle

February – First Half Half Marathon

January – Chilly Chase 10K

January – Icebreaker 8K

January – parkrun


November – Vancouver Historic Half 10K

November – Fall Classic 5K (as pacer)

October – Mission Half Marathon

October – James Cunningham Seawall Race

October – SHLF Run 10K

October – Granville Island Turkey Trot

October – North Van Run

September – Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Half Marathon

September – Under Armour Eastside 10K

August – SeaWheeze Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon

June – North Olympic Discovery Marathon (Half)

May – Shaughnessy 8K

May – BMO Vancouver Marathon

April – Easter Fun Run

April – April Fool’s Half Marathon

March – Kumagaya Sakura Marathon (Half) (Japan!)

March – West Van Run Weekend (5K & 10K)

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Icebreaker 8K


December – #RunAtCan Solstice Run (Virtual Race)

December – Big Elf Run

December – Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country

November – Hamilton Road2Hope Half Marathon

October – Great Climate Race

October – MEC North Vancouver Race Five

October – SHLF Run 5K

October – Spirit of the Shore Half Marathon

September – North County Wine Run

September – Eastside 10K

September – Coho Run

August – VanRace 30K

August – SeaWheeze Half Marathon

July – San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

June – Scotiabank Half Marathon

June – Longest Day Road Race

June – Ambleside Mile

May – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

April – Vancouver Sun Run

April – Platte River Half Marathon (Colorado)

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – West Van Run Weekend (5K & 10K)

February – Bagel Chase

February – MEC North Vancouver Race One

February – First Half Half Marathon

February – Grouse Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

January – Steveston Ice-Breaker 8K


December – Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon

November – Moustache Miler 5K

November – Fall Classic Half Marathon

November – The Great Climate Race

October – Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

October – Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Cunningham Seawall 10K

October – Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon

September – Night Race

September – Eastside 10K

September – Vancouver Spirit Run (Cross Country)

September – 5 Peaks Trail Run (Mount Seymour)

September – VanRace 15K

August – Forerunners Mile

August – Overlander Sports Half Marathon (Yellowknife)

July – San Francisco 1st Half Marathon

July – Summerfast 10K

July – Fort Langley Half Marathon

June – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

June – Longest Day Road Race 10K

June – Ambleside Mile

May – Ottawa Half Marathon

May – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

April – Vancouver Sun Run

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – LA Marathon – GUEST POST

March – Shamrock’n 7 Miler

March – West Van Run

February – First Half Half Marathon

January – Chilly Chase Half Marathon


December – Honolulu Marathon – My #42for42

November – New York City Marathon – GUEST POST

October – Rock ‘N’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

October – Chicago Marathon – GUEST POST

September – Eastside 10K (Running Naked! Oh, what’s that about?)

June – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

June – Ambleside Mile

May – BMO Vancouver Marathon (First Marathon!)

April – Sun Run – GUEST POST

March – Modo Spring Run-Off 8K

March – West Van Run