Where do I begin?
My journey began back in 2009. I had a pair of ugly, cheap Adidas running shoes hanging in my basement. At a really low point in my life, and weighing in at 215 pounds, I decided to put the shoes on and run. I ran as long as I could that day. I kept running, and over time, was able to increase my distance. In December of 2009, I registered for the 2010 Ottawa Marathon. Yes, what was I thinking? I had never run a race in my life, not even a 5k. Why not run a Marathon? Well...I survived...finishing with a time of 4:44:38. The next day I said I would never run again. That turned out to be a lie. I started back running again and registered for the 2011 Toronto Marathon. I ended up finishing that marathon in 4:27:42. Still not a great time, but that didn't stop me. I'm now 50 pounds lighter and this spring I ran the Cleveland Marathon in 3:19:34. Training as a triathlete has not been easy. Juggling a career as a teacher/performer, and a family requires extreme discipline. I train approx 12 hours a week (3 hours of swimming, 2-4 hours of spinning/cycling and 6 hours of running). It's a very fine balance, and I am ever so grateful that I have a supportive family that believes in me. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Anything is possible when you put your mind to it, and persevere.
In 2012, I started training seriously as competitive runner with a running coach and running club. I have had the honor of running alongside and training with some of the best athletes out there. With only 5 years of competitive running under my belt, I'm proud to say that I have now completed 12 marathons, 14 half marathons, a 150k Grand Fondo bike race, numerous 5k and 10k races, a 237 mile relay race, 2 Ironman 70.3 distance triathlons, and a 55k ultra marathon distance Movember Challenge. In October 2017, I ran the P'tit train du nord Marathon in St-Jerome Quebec in 3:15:26 and I qualified for the Boston Marathon 2019. Most recently, I ran the Cornwall Run to End MS Marathon in 3:10:20. This is now my fastest marathon and I qualified for Boston 2019 again. This marathon was also an hour and thirty five minutes faster than my first marathon in 2010. I've raced in Ottawa, Mont-Tremblant, Toronto, Hamilton, Cornwall, Sudbury, Syracuse, Vermont, Philadelphia, Albany, Maine, and Cleveland, just to name a few places.
In 2016, I decided to embark on the triathlon route as well as competitive running. In August of 2016, with no swimming or cycling experience, I competed in my first Olympic Triathlon in Cornwall, ON. In June 2017 I completed my first Ironman 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, PQ. It was such a humbling experience. It wasn't until September, 2017 that I started training in swimming and cycling with a coach. I just completed my 2nd Ironman 70.3 in Syracuse in June 2018. I currently train in Barrhaven with K2J Fitness and Nepean Masters Swimming.