The 2023 Prince Edwards Island Marathon was held on October 15, 2023, in Charlottetown, PEI. It was my third back to back to back marathon in October, after participating earlier in Quebec City, Quebec, and Victoria, British Columbia respectively. I finished with a time of 3:25:13 for the full marathon and it was my ninth full marathon of the year. Earlier in the year, I had committed to run one marathon in each of the ten Canadian provinces. I was able to run 9 of the 10 provinces as there was a scheduling issue with one of the provinces, Newfoundland which had a marathon on the same day as the Quebec City Marathon. I also ran 2 half marathons which brings the overall distance covered to 422 KM (10 Full Marathons).
The 2023 Royal Victoria Marathon was held on October 8th, 2023, in British Columbia, Canada. I ran the Beneva Quebec City Marathon in Quebec City, Quebec, last week, and it was my seventh full marathon in 2023. The Royal Victoria Marathon is a Boston qualifier. It is also part of the BC Marathon Championships and an Abbott World Majors ranking event. The Royal Victoria Marathon was my eighth marathon for 2023 as part of my Canadian Province Running Challenge.
The Beneva Quebec City Marathon was held on October 1st, 2023, and as I was still running high on the personal best, I set three weeks earlier at the GMS Queen City Marathon in Regina, Saskatchewan; I ran another 3 hours 20 minutes for a marathon. The Quebec City Marathon course was not flat, and it was uphill and sometimes downhill, but it was a great run across the beautiful Quebec City. The Quebec City Marathon was my seventh full 42.2 KM marathon in 2023 as part of my goal to run across the ten Canadian provinces.
The 30th edition of the Montreal Marathon was held on September 24, 2023. It was my second half-marathon of the year and I ran a personal best time of 1 hour 33 minutes. The half-marathon is a warm-up run as part of my ten Canadian province challenge, wherein I am running a marathon across the ten Canadian provinces. I have already run six and I have four more to go. It is always great to run a personal best and dig deep inside to push oneself to the next level. As the saying goes, we play the way; we train. I had recently run a personal best for the full marathon two weeks earlier in Regina, Saskatchewan. I ran a time of 3 hours 20 minutes which is a reduction of 24 minutes to my former personal best which I ran in the 2022 Montreal Beneva Marathon.
It is great to see the hard work finally begin to add up and make more sense. Prior to these back-to-back personal best runs, I had increased my weekly running volume to around 90-100 KM. In the months of June and July, I was averaging at least 10 miles per day. I still have a long way to go to qualify for the Boston Marathon. My personal best is presently 3:20 and I need a time of 3:05 for Boston. I am getting closer and it is going to require more more and consistency.
Daily Calm with Tamara Levitt -Love and Acceptance
Even though challenges are a part of life, it isn’t easy when we are in them. It is helpful to remember that: All challenges come and all challenges go.
Affirmations: May I be happy and learn and grow from all my challenges. May I accept myself just as I am. May I be kind to myself,
Daily Jay with Jay Shetty – Unlikely Teachers
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. – Khalil Gibran
We can’t control how other people behave; we are all on our own separate paths at different points on our journeys. Sometimes we are going to run into people whose behaviour we don’t like, it can be easy to let them bring you down, but with patience and intention, you can learn from them. Instead of letting your frustration overwhelm you, identify what actions or traits make you bristle, then engage in some self-reflection.
The GMS Queen City Marathon in Regina, Saskatchewan, was my sixth full marathon in 2023 as part of my ten Canadian Marathon Running Challenge. I reduced my personal best (3:44), which I ran at the Beneva Montreal Marathon in 2022, by 24 minutes to a time of 3:20. I ran my first sub-four-hour marathon at the 2022 Beneva Montreal Marathon and have since been running sub-four marathon times.
Running a personal best felt good as I have been putting in the hard work by increasing my mileage, averaging 100 KM per week in the past 6-8 weeks. My new personal best of 3:20 proves that hard work pays off. I am getting closer to some of my marathon running goals: Qualify for the 2025 Boston Marathon (3:05) and run a sub-3 hours times. I know how to achieve these goals; I need to trust the process and keep showing up daily.
The Emera Blue Nose Marathon was held on Sunday, May 21, 2023, and it was my third marathon of the year (my third Back to Back Marathon in May). I ran a time of 4 hours and 2 minutes for the full 42.2 KM Marathon. The Halifax Marathon is the toughest marathon I have run thus far, as the course was very hilly and windy.
I ran six full marathons (42.2 km) and three 10 KM races in 2022. I ran a personal best of 3 hours forty-four minutes at the Beneva Montreal Marathon in Montreal, Quebec, and I also ran two other sub-four hours marathons, taking the sub-4 times to three in 2022.
I participated in my fifth full marathon of the year (2022) at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I finished with a time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 14 seconds, making it my second sub-4 hours in 3 weeks. I had earlier ran a personal best and my first sub-4 marathon time at the 2022 Beneva Montreal Marathon on September 24, 2022.
I had a target of running a time of 3:30, but it was not meant to be. Like every marathon I participate in, there were lots of lessons learned and strategies that I hope to implement in my next marathon, such as experimenting with my running shoes and running without a running bag et al.
The 30th edition of the Montreal Marathon was held on the weekend of September 24 (10KM) and September 25 (21.1 KM & 42.2KM). The Beneva Montreal Marathon was my fourth full (42.2KM) Marathon in 2022 (Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton), and I ran a personal best of 3 hours 44 Minutes. I set a goal to break the fours time for a marathon in Montreal, and I achieved it. It was a tough process getting to the finish line as the picture below shows.
Over 10,000 runners participated in the 2022 Montreal Marathon with the start line at Espace 67 on Île Sainte-Hélène and the finish line at Olympic Stadium.