19 Oct 2013

The waiting game

Posted by divamar

I’ve been in Ontario for a little more than a week. I loved getting in a quick visit with my family in Stratford, especially during my taper when I had more time to hang out with them. I arrived at the hotel in Toronto on Thursday, and since then, have been relaxing and preparing for race day. It’s nice getting some zip back in my legs and recovering my physical and mental energy after a few months ‘in the twilight zone.’ It’s also been great rooming with Canadian champion Krista Duchene. We have similar pre-race routines and a nice balance of yakking and quiet time.



Our technical meeting was held late this afternoon to go over Sunday’s schedule and to hand over our hydration/nutrition bottles.

Room full of anxious runners

Room full of anxious runners

Everyone has a personal concoction that they know works to help fuel them to the finish line. I had dinner with Trent and Hilary; a tenderloin steak with fries (yup, fries) and will have my usual pre-marathon breakfast of toast with almond butter/honey, a banana and a bar.

Breakfast en route

Breakfast en route

Trent and I went over my race plan and the good news is, it looks like we’ll have ideal conditions for Sunday; cool, dry and (hopefully) light winds)!


So, tonight it will be early to bed. I feel pretty relaxed, prepared and fit. It’s now up to me to execute the strategy: keep my wits about me at the start, maintain my rhythm and focus through the middle, and stay tough to the finish.

I want to thank everyone for all the kind messages over the past few days. I really appreciate the support! Thank you to sponsors Saucony Canada, MEC and Rumble for helping me along the way!

Good luck to everyone running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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2 Responses to “The waiting game”

  1. Marylin: I know I speak for many in wishing you the marathon of a lifetime. We have all seen your dedication to detail, commitment to the training and always maintaining a smile for everyone. Do yourself and the Island proud. Knock’em dead Marylin and show them what runners from the rock are all about.
    Cheers, Dale


    Dale Gladman

  2. Thank you so much Dale for the kind message! I hope you are doing well and that we see you out to a Mindful Strides clinic again soon!




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