This year has been amazing training with Lisa Leskien as my coach. Lisa has officially delivered on the end goal we made earlier this year, for a sub 4hr marathon. She created an individualized training plan that has led me to PB at every single race this year, including a Dion Snowshoe AG win, Phlox run AG win, AG bronze at the Run Waterloo Classics & AG Silver at the Run Waterloo Fall Classic. I bested my time at the 8k Mill Race by over 6 minutes, earned 5 & 10k PBs, half marathon personal best almost 8 minutes, and my marathon personal best by a whopping 44 minutes.
It wasn’t always easy, I struggled at times, but Lisa was positive and encouraging. Instead of quitting I drove harder, instead of failing I communicated my health issues better, listened to my body more. Adding rest days when everyone else was adding mileage made me nervous but Lisa believed in me, and I was doing the best I could.
I missed the opportunity to race a half marathon earlier in year due to a severe iron deficiency, but in perhaps in my hardest effort to date, I fought to check the last box on my list of 2018 goals for a sub 1:50 half marathon. I spent the whole race focusing on the finish I deserved, reflecting back through an incredible year, knowing I had what it takes, knowing I wasn’t going to settle for anything less, knowing I could do it. I finished in 1:48:51.