1 Oct 2014

Summer round-up

Posted by divamar

Spring and summer have absolutely whipped by! In my previous post, I talked about the races leading into my goal event in June—the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon. At the end of April, I ran 36 minutes flat at the TC10K and followed it up with events staggered a few weeks apart: an 8km, a half-marathon, and a 10km on the track that revealed my progressive fitness gains. In Vancouver, I hit a time of 1:16:50; this was the same pacing I held in the TC10K (less than half the distance) two months earlier. It’s clear great coaching and consistent training work. To me, the art of coaching is facilitating an athlete’s cumulative fitness to peak for goal races and keep injury at bay. Once again, I have Coach Trent to thank for the solid insight and planning.

Last push with Anthony Skuce

Last push with Anthony Skuce

I resumed my training after a short break, but without a fall marathon to prep for, I also managed to squeeze in some summer adventures. I spent lovely social time with friends and family, threw in some great hikes and kayaking excursions, and took up paddleboarding. With all of the stellar weather we’ve had in Victoria, there’s never been more incentive to spend time outside.

MEC on the trails in Strathcona Park

MEC on the trails in Strathcona Park

Cream Lake, Strathcona Park

Cream Lake, Strathcona Park

Bedwell Lakes Hike

Bedwell Lakes Hike

Our morning view at Bedwell lake

Our morning view at Bedwell lake

It has also meant a lot to offer additional time and guidance to the private athletes I train. I’ve really enjoyed watching this group grow and make significant progress. I learn more everyday about coaching and training and am inspired by dedicated athletes who aren’t afraid to work hard to get where they want to go.

My keen training team

My keen training team

Mindful Strides is ramping up once again. A recent visit from the CTV-Vancouver Island crew to a beginner clinic was a blast. I think the June 23 broadcast segment does a great job of describing what Mindful Strides is all about. If you missed it, check it out right here!

I hope the summer has treated everyone well. I look forward to seeing you as we head into the fall season.

'Bouquet of smiles'  last summer class for the advanced Mindful Strides participants

‘Bouquet of smiles’ last summer class for the advanced Mindful Strides participants

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