We give a ship – Part II

Canada – The Winter Wonderland
Growing up in Eastern Canada means half the year is spent in cold and snowy conditions, making it challenging for those athletes who like to get outside. Luckily, Kat’s Scottish heritage has given her a genetic predisposition battling a damp climate, and Kev was raised by a father with a love of cross-country skiing – so being outdoors in winter has never been a deterrent for us.

kev_kat_winter_running2While running in Montreal in the winter does post some challenges, where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you have vacationed at the seaside from time to time, then running along the beach in ankle deep sand will give you a good idea of what our winter training challenges are like.

Faced with moderate temperatures ranging from -10C to 15C, layering our favourite lululemon gear and optimizing our Skechers shoe choice becomes key. Once kitted out appropriately, it’s just a matter of adapting to the conditions with a focus on keeping stride-length short and leg-turnover high. Having a goal of running two World Major Marathons just 6 days apart – Boston and London – has given us plenty of motivation to get us out the door to train every day.

Since we had raced in the Ultraman World Championships this past November, we had a solid endurance base to build upon, so we were able to turn our focus on speed and intensity. We even entered a local 5K race in February, just to get out and have some fun in a race setting with like-minded friends and fellow athletes. It was a great way to gauge fitness and build confidence towards the longer races coming up.

We also lead a RunClub for the lululemon Fairview store here in Montreal, so that’s a great motivator to get out and help others work on technique and prepare for the race season ahead. We love interacting and engaging with others at all levels and are planning to do shake-out runs with the lululemon stores in Boston and London before both marathons!

kev_kat_winter_runningAs our training gains momentum, we are looking forward to warmer temperatures and longer training days as winter gives way to spring. Meanwhile, we’ll try to keep the turnover of our feet speedy on the city streets of Montreal in anticipation of our marathon adventures – being sure to have a laugh or two along the way!

We are thrilled to be running the London Marathon on behalf of the Royal Museums Greenwich to help raise funds towards the restoration of the Cutty Sark. If you would like to support our efforts, please visit our JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Kev-Kat/ – Thank you!

We give a ship!

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Running the ‘double’ for Cutty Sark – Boston & London 2016

This April, we will be taking on the challenge of running the Boston and London Marathons back to back – just 6 days apart, so we wanted to do something special to mark this occasion.

Giving back to the community has always been important to us, and the Royal Museums of Greenwich in London is giving us an opportunity to put our energy towards something tangible that has stood the test of time. Enter Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark was built in Scotland in 1869 and is the world’s only surviving extreme clipper. In her time, she was an important lifeline for transporting goods between the major ports of call. Her travels have taken her from London to Shanghai, carrying large amounts of wine, spirits and beer, with the return voyages bringing back million pounds of tea. Over time, she also carried coal, jute and castor oil from Calcutta to Melbourne, and wool from Australia to England. She now resides in Greenwich London under the care of the Royal Museums Greenwich, as a memorial to the Merchant Navy and reminder of our past.

We ‘give a ship’!

We were intrigued by the rich history of this magnificent ship, and when we learned of the ongoing preservation effort, we wanted to jump-on-board and support this project. It’s a tangible artifact that we can see and touch, and the funds we help raise will be going towards restoring the ships lifeboats, navigation lamps, Captain’s gig, and chicken coops, as well as varnishing the ships original wooden structure.

Our Boston-London Marathon adventure will surely test our strength and resilience, but we’ll channel the immense energy of Cutty Sark to propel us on our journey and hope to give something back to her in exchange! We hope you will support our effort to help preserve this landmark for the future generations by donating to our Just Giving page at : https://www.justgiving.com/Kev-Kat