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Race Report: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2018

It’s been just over a week since #STWM. And I’ve had some good time to recover, regroup, and reflect. Leading up to my first marathon, many friends and peers told me once you finish line you will say one of two things to yourself “I’m never doing this again” or “I can’t wait to do another”. Mine was slightly different. As soon as I crossed that finish line I said to myself “I want a rematch”… “Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill.
First off, I have a brand new appreciation for marathon runners. It takes next level grit to pull this off. It was first time I didn’t hit my time goal in a race and finished with the most painful and humbling experience of my athletic career. The first half was pretty good. I was on par with my half-marathon. slightly slower as I was trying to converse energy. I actually bonked hard and hit the physical wall at 30KM. A special thanks goes out to my chiropractor Dr. Arnold and massage therapist Dr. Lipvanova for getting my left ankle tendons in as good a shape as possible in such a short amount of time. Without them, I probably might have not even finished.

You have good days and bad days. Getting good at the marathon that needs experience. And I feel like I had a good learning experience I hope to grow from. I had the most fun running through our beautiful city of Toronto.

So even though this isn’t the outcome I was hoping for in my marathon debut. I will NOT let this discourage me from running. On the bright side, I can now officially call myself a marathoner and have a new baseline of distance. I learned so much about myself and really appreciate all the support I received from my family, friends, volunteers, and spectators rooting me on.

This winter will be productive. First up is to recover and come back stronger. Got a few things on my mind already. My goal next year is to still run a sub-4 marathon (PS I had no idea I made this pose at the finish line until I saw the official photos) #nolimits#infinitepotential #runTO #tbt #stwm@runcrs

Food

Post-STWM Eats

Heavy on pain meds, legs stiff af, ankle a blazing. But eventually crawled my way out for a post-marathon refuel with @attherockshow. I had the “Jimmy Buffet” beef angus, with coconut shrimp and pineapple burger with poutine for me! @groundburgerbar really knows how to hit the spot ??? #bigdogeats #cheatmeal#iearnedit #keepitcarb #StayHungry#Offseason

 

Running

Marathoner

Sean Chin, Marathoner. Crossing the 42.2KM finish line for the first time is the best feeling ever!! ????? Official chip time: 05:17:52.6. Obviously not the result I wanted. The race itself was brutal after 30km. Aerobically I felt great, but my left ankle was in pain and then both my legs just totally gave out. The marathon exposes. But I learned so much. Thank you to all the volunteers, spectators, @runcrs organizers, and @scotiabank for making this a memorable day of achievement for everyone and I. More thoughts to come….but for now, I need a hot shower and an all-you-can-eat sushi bar #STWM #STWM2018 #RunTO#THISIS30 #InfinitePotential #NoLimits

 

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It’s been one year in the making. Last July, I took up running to enhance my level of fitness. I started at @runningroom_newmarket Learn to Run group. Then worked my way up to 5k, 10k, and then the Half-marathon distance. My goal has always been to compete a full marathon. Tomorrow is that day. I put as much physical and mental training effort in as I could. And while I didn’t get to have the entire block of speed work that I wanted near to the tapper due to my left foot extensor tendonitis, I still trust in everything I’ve done. Good luck to @attherockshow, @zuzieque, @blee3x, @shaneruns0630, & all 25,000 strong runners. All I can do now is make my way to the start line and have a beautiful race ????? #STWM #STWM2018 #InfinitePotential #NoLimits #HardworkPaysOff #MarathonTraining #JustDoIt #RunonClouds #RunwithRR

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