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    Good luck at Around the Bay!

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    So I trained all last summer and ran a marathon in October, then I got right back at it to get my volume up for Goofy in January. I wasn’t mentally recovered from the marathon but didn’t feel like I could back off and take the time I needed to run without structure before getting on top of my Goofy training. So I decided not to sign up for Around the Bay this year.

    It was a wise decision. When I finished Goofy I took some time off, then I just ran. Wherever, whenever, however far – completely unstructured, just for fun. I don’t regret it.

    At least, not really.

    Because of course, now it is Around the Bay weekend, and here I am…not running Around the Bay.

    I know I am a bit of a Labrador Retriever when it comes to races – each one is a new person, a big stick, a new tennis ball (“Ooh! Around the Bay – my favourite! Ooh! Ottawa – my favourite! Ooh! Insert race here – my favourite!”) – but knowing I won’t be making the excursion around the Bay this weekend makes me a little wistful. Just another one of running’s great ironies – if I didn’t want to put in the work, I can’t run the race; now that I can’t run the race, I almost wish I had put in the work!

    To those of you running this weekend – good luck and have fun! I will be cheering you on from the sidelines!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!