MARATHON BLOG: Working one’s way up to marathon distance

Black Press journalist Kendra Wong talks training for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Black Press staffer Kendra Wong is running her first half marathon next month.

This is the latest in a series of training blogs by Black Press reporter Kendra Wong, who will run the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon on Oct. 8.

We are now five weeks away from the annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and what makes the weeks of gruelling runs easier is knowing that I’m not alone in training mode.

My co-worker Michelle is also training for the run, but instead of completing the half, her goal is to finish the full marathon. While she’s completed two marathons in recent years, her goal is to finish in under four hours, improving on her time from the BMO Vancouver Marathon earlier this year.

And she’s been on track with her training. The longest run she completed was 32 kilometres on Sunday, when she started in downtown Victoria, continued along the breakwater and Dallas Road, towards Camosun College, onto Blenkinsop Road and back. She keeps herself active in other ways as well. Michelle also participates in yoga and CrossFit classes, or goes on a bike ride or hike.

Michelle started running a few years ago. Now 50, she’s completed a number of half and full marathons and encourages anyone who is thinking about signing up to challenge themselves with the GoodLife Marathon to do so.

“I never thought I’d be doing this. It’s one step at a time,” she said.

Do you have any running tips you’d like to share? Include them at the bottom of this story, or write them on the Facebook page of this newspaper.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Vancouver Island homeowners buy more earthquake insurance than the rest of B.C.

Insurance Bureau of Canada says that’s because the perception of risk is greater on the Island

District of Oak Bay issues notice to cease tent city

The notice is effective immediately

‘Leaning tower’ rental building proposed for downtown Victoria

The building would offer 93 residential units targeted at young professionals

Anxiety amongst voters on amalgamation referendum

Non-binding referendum asks Victoria and Saanich residents to endorse citizens’ assembly

Lisa Helps campaigners target downtown Victoria bikes for election ads

Flyers were hung off of parked bikes in the downtown area

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read