Good Habits Now, Good Habits Later

It’s nearing the end of October, and you just signed up for a spring marathon. Now what?

The Ottawa Marathon is 31 weeks away. That’s too early to start training, but it’s a great time to start building great habits that will serve you well come January.

Marathon training means running the schedule no matter what. Some days you’ll want to sit on the couch and watch TV, or sleep in an extra 30 minutes. If you want to be successful, you’ll need to get up and run that 6 or 8km training run or set your alarm for 5:30 A.M. to squeeze in a run before work.

Learn about yourself

Establishing those kinds of habits now will make the difference later. Set up an easy four or five runs per week schedule and stick to it. Work your running around your life and figure out how you can squeeze runs in when things get busy.

Learn what motivates you to get out and run, and also learn what leads to weakness in your willpower.

Come January and the start of the real training program, you’ll already be armed with a good work ethic and the experience you need to get out and get in your runs.

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Awarded IAAF Gold Label for 2016

Canada can now lay claim to having two of five International Associations of Athetics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label Marathons in North America.

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon was awarded Gold Label status today by the IAAF and joins the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as IAAF Gold Label races. The Toronto race earned IAAF Gold Label status last year.

RO_OM_16_Website_Golden_Homepage_250_ENThe Gold Label is awarded when a race meets a long list of criteria set out by the IAAF. Those criteria include things like the having a high quality course, live international TV or livestreamed video coverage of the race and also the quality of the elite field.

The Ottawa 10km was awarded IAAF Gold Label status starting with the 2015 race. The addition of an IAAF Gold Label for the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon this spring means that the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will have two Gold Label events. Only one other city in the world, Lisbon, has two IAAF Gold Label races on the same weekend.

Race Weekend is an Economic Boon for Ontario and Ottawa

Run Ottawa also revealed the the 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend generated $34.4 million in economic activity for the Province of Ontario. That figure includes $23.1 in economic activity for the City of Ottawa, including 198 jobs.

It’s expected that nearly 50,000 runners will participate in the 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend May 28-29, 2016.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Excites

What a great day at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon and 5km.

On the elite side, Canadian Eric Gillis ran a strong 2:11:31, easily qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016. He needed a 2:12:50 to secure a spot and will join marathoner Reid Coolsaet, who booked a ticket to Rio earlier this year.

Fellow Canadian Lanni Marchand also qualified for Rio 2016 with her 2:28:09. That was just nine seconds off her Canadian record time set at last year’s event. Krista Duchene, who co-hosted the STWM Livestream also qualified earlier this year for Canada.

Personal Bests

It was a great day for the Koole family too.

I paced our daughter Lindsey in the 5km to an impressive 30:15 today. That’s a new personal best for her in the 5km by 34 seconds. She also raised over $1,455 for the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada, a cause very near and dear to our hearts.

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Ginny bringing it home on Bay St.

In the half marathon, wife Ginny ran a great race, finishing with a personal best of 2:20:42 after a tough year of running through a heel injury she first picked up training for the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

Toronto Embraces its Gold Medal Race

It was also great to see the city further embracing its marathon. This was the first year the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon achieved IAAF Gold Label status, indicating that it is a world-class event in every regard.

Crowds were strong, and it seemed the usual complaints about traffic and other inconvenience was less noticable. The Toronto Star and CP24 still focused too much on a pair of medical indicents rather than the story of the two Canadians who qualified for Rio, but that might change next year when more Torontonians are introduced to some of our amazing Canadian marathoners during the Summer Olympics.

On the bright side, the 6pm evening newscasts devoted plenty of time to the many stories of the day, including the millions of dollars raised for various charities and the personal stories of some of the tens of thousands of runners who took part in the events today.

All in all, a fantastic day for running in Toronto. Congratulations to everyone who was out on course today!