April 2015 & Visit Home

Written by Olivier

In April, I only one small race at the end of the month to kick off my running season and so I took some time to focus on my professional development. On occasion, I did sacrifice training sessions to study for the College of Ontario Kinesiologist Exam. This certification was important for me and since I’m not a professional athlete I have to make time to prioritize certain upcoming events. It took some time to receive news from the college but I am happy to say that I’m officially a Registered Kinesiologist J

The race took place in my home province of New Brunswick. The course was one loop of 15k along the water through the small village of Grande-Digue. I knew strong runners were going to be present and so I set a modest goal of finishing around 10th position in approx. 52 minutes. On the start line I spoke to a few old teammates and as the gun went off I took off with the leaders. The paced picked up quite fast already after 3k so I decided to let them go and focus on my own pace since I still had 12k to run haha.

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I didn’t pay too much attention to my watch and ran by feel (which is the best thing you can do if it’s early in the season) trying to catch the runners who were dropping the fast pace set by the lead pack (~3min10sec/k). I caught a few runners and closed with a time of 51:30 good enough for 11th position. This early in my season I was satisfied with my effort and was looking forward to the upcoming races already.

Grande-Digue is my father’s hometown so after the race we went to visit my grandmother for a warm meal 🙂 She is 94 years old and to my amazement is still physically active. She knows the importance of staying active and how it plays an important role for a higher quality of life and reduce her risk of overall health complications.


To this day, she joins a group 2x/week called “Grouille ou Rouille” or in English “Move or Rust” for light exercises at the local community center. I wish her the best and hope to see her again soon 🙂

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