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"For the first time that I can remember, I do not want to do this.  I am scared of being here and of accomplishing my goal of running my first marathon. I am numb.

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04 Apr 2007
16:18:44

Linda, I met you at the Second Cup on Elgin Street a couple of weeks ago when you were with Cori. Thank you so much for mentioning this website! It is filled with some great stories!! I'm going to start running in addition to the grueling "hill intervals" that Tony Greco puts me through! Keep up the great work. Thanks again! Phil Kane, Ottawa, ON


14 Jul 2006
20:53:55

Linda, what an incredibly inspirational website...Chris was right...thank you so much...I will return to it over and over again during the course of the next 21 weeks as I make this journey to my very first marathon in Honolulu on December 10, 2006. Dominique Laundry, Fredericton, New Brunswick


11 Apr 2006
10:19:05

Interesting I was looking for some answer and you gave them to me


24 Jul 2005
04:48:24

Did you see the story of Angelo Talluto? You guys should read it, it's fascinating. Plus, I'm really proud of him because he's me teacher in Gr.4. But now, I'm in Gr.5 on September. Keep up the good work Mr.T!


18 Jul 2005
09:40:44

Thanks for the useful site. Keep up the good work. - John


30 May 2005
16:21:20

First Marathon:

Finish line... I fell down on my knees and wept


21 Feb 2005
10:42:12

Hi Cam, Thank you for your kind words, and for sending your contribution of a story way back when!! The dream is still to publish the best dozen or so stories, from across Canada, in both languages.....So please keep your stories coming, be a part of a body of work that might one day inspire others to have the courage to do the same. If it was easy, everyone would do it....! Cheers, Linda Wagar


18 Feb 2005
19:11:16

Great to see that your site is still rolling along at a fast clip, Linda. I had met your husband by chance at the chiropractor's office in Bells Corners back in 2003, when you were just getting your website going. After he heard that I had run a marathon, he and I chatted a bit about running, and then about your website in the works. I really enjoyed being among the first to contribute a marathon story to the site. Excellent work! Cam Wilson Ottawa ON


10 Jan 2005
10:31:08

I didn't start running until July, 2003. I weighed 217 pounds and my height is 5'10. Starting running for me felt very difficult because I was so heavy and unconditioned. I started running 4 miles every other day on a treadmill because I was so self conscious of how I looked. During spring of 2004, I broke from my shell. Winter 2003, I lost a total of 67 pounds. Today I weigh 150 pounds. To this day, I don't remember what it was that made me become a runner. I have always thought it was too difficult and never imagined running in a marathon. I met some really nice people from MNDRA (Minnesota Distance Running Association) and began going on long runs with them. During fall 2004, I ran the Twin Cities Marathon finishing it in 3:34. I can't believe how much running the marathon changed my life forever. It will be something I will always look back on as being one of the most positive (but difficult) experiences of my life. The preparation for the marathon was wonderful. There are so many talented runners - so many nice people. Hope to see you on the road sometime! Your fellow runner, Rob Hart


27 Dec 2004
21:44:03

Al: Mississauga is a fairly quick course, but the ending is a narrow out-and-back along some bike paths. Organizers said they would rectify this. Mississauga could be the next big thing in future years. -BK


20 Dec 2004
10:47:17

Merry Christmas to all you runners out there. Remember Running Rooms, Resolution Run on New Years Eve.


07 Dec 2004
06:51:50

Hi everyone, check out our website: http://www.trainingsmartonline.com There are great free articles there! regards, peter


17 Nov 2004

18:28:01

Maritime Marathon On Oct 24, 2004 the running of the first Kennebecasis Challenge Marathon was held. The race started in Hampton NB and wound its way through several communities. Quispamsis, Rothesay and into Saint John NB, ending at the Market Square complex. For the first event there was not a large crowd. Only 78 fellow runners but what a well organized and fun event. I would recommend to any one who wants to run a down home fun event with lots of fall foilage to plan tis one for next year. Check it out on the web site. John Parks, Saint John NB, Nov 2004


09 Nov 2004
10:40:52

Can anyone tell me what the mississauga marathon course is like. I want to pick a course to try and PR on. This one sounds OK but I'd like to hear from someone who has done it. Al


01 Nov 2004
15:43:21

What truly inspirational people you all are!


01 Nov 2004
13:36:16

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22 Oct 2004
22:41:39

Hello, tomorrow is the big day again. The first running of the Kennebecasis Challenge Marathon is on tomorrow. Should be a good run, hilly and challenging. Good luck to all. Run for fun.


06 Oct 2004
22:23:08

Thanks to a reader's suggestion, we have just made it possible for you to submit your comments at the end of the stories. If you were inspired, say so, leave your mark! Cheers, Linda Wagar


11 Sep 2004
13:05:30

Congratulations to John Parks! I have already made my comments regarding the lady from Mississauga who cheated at Boston - her story has been hashed around many running groups I am certain. I would hope that her name has been submitted to the BAA. I found her story a real let down afetr working very hard through Canadian winters and more to qualify - tryed two times as well! Unfortunately, as we all know, there are always people out there who feel that they are somehow better than the others ,and, do not have to follow rules. As "Real Boston Finishers", lets hope this person never sees another Boston finish line in her running career! You mentioned that you ran in the water before your marathon - I often stick in water running to break up the workouts - I recentlty heard of a man who is entered in the New York Marathon and has become injured. He is giving up! - I encouraged him too take his runs into the water and keep on track. Unfortunately, he was not convinced that he could maintain his level of fitness in the water - and hope to run a marathon at the end. - I read your posting and was wondering what you did. Can you help? Jill Neufeld Calgary
 


08 Sep 2004
12:14:26

Thank you Trish, and I see you crossing that finish line already! Cheers, Linda Wagar


 07 Sep 2004

 23:00:30

Hi Linda!

Thank you! Thank you! for taking the time to develop such an inspirational web site. I have taken the time to read many of the stories already, and feel inspired to write my own, upon my return from running my first marathon in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 25/04. If you would like to read a bit about my own experiences so far, I have a web site you can access. I have overcome many challenges to get to where I am today. On my web page there is a link to The Arthritis Society web page, which has 'my story'. If you get the chance, feel free.

Look forward to continuing to read about all these amazing people. Thank you again!

Trish Duncan
http://members.shaw.ca/trishduncan/
 


07 Sep 2004
22:46:52

WOW! Thank you Chris Fretwell for sharing this very inspirational link with me (us) her fellow JIM Team mates. I am in training for my FIRST marathon in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 25/04, as a Joints In Motion participant. I have been so inspired reading all the stories that you have all taken the time to share. And, Thank you, John Parks, for your motivational story, as I have injuried my knee and have been doing everything but 'running'(on land) right now, and loved reading your story...seeing how it can be possible to still run a marathon. I just recieved a VERY inspirational book from a good friend that is fitting for all of your (our) stories. It's by Dr. Suess called 'Oh, the places you'll go'. It's an easy read ;) and I am sure you will all find it as inspirational as I have. Thank you all again for sharing! You've made a difference! Trish Duncan Victoria, BC


23 Aug 2004
16:36:56

I ran the Boston in 2003 after training for 3-4years to qualify.  I worked very hard as most Marathonors know to reach this goal.  I had set the goal to celebrate my 50th birthday.  I did not achieve the time I was looking for as I injured my leg during the winter and ran in a swimming pool for 5 weeks.  It got me to the finish line and I achieved my goal.  I will run it again in 2005 having qualified again with a 3hr and 13min time in 2004.

John Parks
Saint John NB
 


17 Jul 2004
00:51:57

I must admit, I was led here by Google. However, I noticed a link to Don Mann, the Datsun Man of Ottawa and was reminded how he gave me my initiation into the automotive world back in '69. I was saddened to here of his recent passing, and sorry I couldn't be there for the celebration of his life. Don Little Parksville, BC


26 Jun 2004
22:30:13

I am proud of all of you .and very proud of my niece Chris Fretwell ,keep up the good work love and god bless all of you . aunt Bernice


25 Jun 2004
21:16:13

June 26,2004 What a great page and so many great stories. So many reasons for each and everyone of you to be proud and Chris you make me extra proud. Mom


23 Jun 2004
09:47:42

Wow, I was just reading all the comments posted..and saw that I posted one last year! "20 May 2003 12:00:44 I look forward to being able to submit my own story....next year! What a wonderful idea! -kiza" AND I DID IT! :) I POSTED ONE! I think when I wrote that last year, I really didn't believe that I would be posting one! Thanks for keeping this site going (to all people that have posted their stories, and to Linda for continuing the website!) cheers, Kiza


17 Jun 2004
14:17:53

This link has been down, and I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Should you experience difficulties, email us directly, and we can post your comments directly. Editor, Linda Wagar


15 Jun 2004
19:55:05

wow. this is a really great site. keep up the good work!


16 May 2004
19:24:50

Hello, I am a marathoner! I take great pride in saying that I am what so few are and have done what so few attempt. I want to thank you for this site, it truly is amazing reading about others who have gone and done what they have set out to do and to relate with them as they so eloquently relive their stories. I found myself remembering the excitment, nervousness, despair, relief and the "thank God I see the finish line" feelings as I read through these stories. I wanted to share with all and any that come across this site what I kept in my mind when I struggled to finish the most gruelling physical task of my life.

As I ran and as I trained this is what helped me stay focused, if there is anyone that can benefit from these words please take them and own them for yourself.

"When you feel lost and your muscles are sore. When you are tired and your mind can not focus. When your soul hurts and your legs can no longer carry you. Just believe in yourself and your heart will"

Peggy Kalinowski legs.kalinowski@shaw.ca


18 Feb 2004
13:14:36

Rome!!!I can see you dream big!! Your nervousness will cross you thru that finish!!! I look forward to reading your story! Stay healthy! Linda Wagar


16 Feb 2004
14:41:28

What a great website. I am currently training for my first marathon to be run in Rome Italy with Team Diabetes. I have lived with insulin dependent diabetes for 35 years and it has been a drean and goal to run a marathon. These stories have helped to keep my inspiration up on those down days. I am nervous but know I will finish. Thanks for the insight and I will contribute whan I return. Mary Helton davidhelton@shaw.ca


28 Jan 2004
00:47:18

Dear Chris:

THANK YOU for your comment, and I look forward to reading your story!! Enjoy your training for your upcoming 8th Marathon!!! May your training runs become your muse for publication...! Cheers, Linda Wagar


19 Jan 2004
16:18:48

I was delighted to stumbled onto your website. I had been searching for marathon stories as inspiration for my upcoming 8th marathon in May 2004 in London, Ontario (Forest City Marathon). If time allows, I will submit the story of my 7th (last) marathon. I am looking forward to reading stories from fellow Canadian marathoners. Thank you for hosting and providing such a website for Canadian marathoners everywhere.

Chris Frappier Fergus, Ontario


17 Dec 2003
13:47:04

What a great site for inspiration! These great stories represent some of the most courageous people on the planet!

Peter Barrett Association of Canadian Ultra Marathoners


26 Nov 2003
14:59:08

Beautiful website and very inspirational to the reader. Nice job. I am not a runner but I appreciate reading such nice material.

Yolande Donnelly Tarot Master, Ottawa


16 Oct 2003
19:28:59

Linda - your strength, conviction, determination and drive are amazing. The impossible dream - isn't. Thanks for being.

Cori


16 Oct 2003
19:26:41

Annie - Wonder Woman! You really are. Loved your story. You go, girl. Corinne. Ontario


16 Oct 2003
19:10:17

Linda - you are the best. What a wonderful, inspiring collection of works. It is almost enough to coerce another half - but still recovering from the last one you dragged me through. much love, Cori.


25 Sep 2003
21:04:03

BRAVO LINDA je suis fiere de toi une bonne partie de ma vie tu ma pousser et maintenant tu me donne une autre pousser je suis fiere que tu a quelque chose dans ta vie qui te laisse vivre!!!! gen


18 Sep 2003
23:09:18

Merci Philippe....peut-être un jour Paris....je peux rêver non?? Bonne course, et surtout, bonne santé!

Linda Wagar


07 Aug 2003
14:15:19

What an enspirering site! Keep up the good words. Tina Loval Toronto


07 Aug 2003
00:26:54

To Don Mann:

Thank you for your kind words, you are still my favourite "Datsun Man", so, don`t you think the Aztek does actually look like a running shoe... Keep doing what you do! Cheers, Linda Wagar


06 Aug 2003
23:43:50

I like the one about Wonder Woman! Erica. Edmonton, AB


06 Aug 2003
20:46:00

Bravo Linda. I wonder if you are considering half-marathon stories too.


31 Jul 2003
14:50:21

To Linda Wagar

Your story was inspiring. I wanted to find you and give you an advil.

From our time of working together, I knew you were dedicated and hard working, but this story is a clear indication of your commitment and your desire to succeed.

I printed your article for my wife to read, and have sent e-mails to our daughter and two daughter in laws, asking that they go into the web site and read your story, and I am proud to say to them that I once worked with this lady.

Don Mann


04 Jul 2003
16:45:09

athletics is thing very great


11 Jun 2003
22:51:15

Thank you Amelia, and I am glad the story you read was inspiring!! You are right, you can achieve whatever you set out to do, starts in the mind. Stay in touch. Linda Wagar


08 Jun 2003
20:58:43

hi...i'm a 12-year old girl who has been inspired by one of the stories i have read, it has really touched by heart and shown me i can achieve anything, no matter what situation i'm in. i'm just here to leave my mark and tell u about this. amelia fernandes


08 Jun 2003
14:35:50

Linda:

It was great to meet you this morning. The stories are all very inspiring and yours certainly brought back fond memories for me of running the New York City marathon last November which, on balance, was for me a wonderful experience.

Philippe Rabot, Ottawa


31 May 2003
23:04:58

Just thought I'd say job-well-done! Frank


21 May 2003
23:31:47

Thank you so much kiza!!! And I look forward to reading about it too!!! Do check from time to time, and read stories, and hopefully be inspired!!! I need more stories to READ!!!

Sincerely, Linda Wagar


20 May 2003
12:00:44

I look forward to being able to submit my own story....next year!

What a wonderful idea!

-kiza


09 Apr 2003
14:23:55

Congratulation on a very organized and professionally done web site. Nice to see you followed your dream. Good luck on your next marathon. John & Theresa


02 Apr 2003
11:09:07

This is a great site! Very inspirational. Katharine Ottawa


01 Apr 2003
 
07:53:08

Great site, Linda and Carl! And great project! Not being a marathoner (at least not RUNNING marathons), I have to experience them through you vicariously. Best of luck.

Further to someone's comment on a sponsor, have you thought of the charity to which you will donate your proceeds. Your charity might be willing to be a sponsor.

Allison


31 Mar 2003
 
15:22:33

Linda,

I have chills seeing this and reading about the dreams of others. Thank you for making this something everyone can share whether a marathon is a personal dream or not.

Bravo.

Susan Allan


31 Mar 2003
 
15:00:15

Well I just want to say congrat for all of you that are running for a very good cause...it must take alot of oumph to do this and determination, one day i hope that i can do something for other and using my body to show my love and whishes for other for now i will share my love and my best wishes for the runs that you all are going to do in the near future love and straight to all of you! Gen


31 Mar 2003
 
14:15:36

Congrats Linda! It is truly unbelievable the changes that have occurred in your life since running began to "fuel" you. I remember when you first discussed this endeavor with me & voila you have begun. I will not wish you luck because I know that it will only be accomplished through effort & stamina...both of which you are greatly blessed with. Deborah


24 Mar 2003
 
10:44:59

I also really like the little runner at the bottom corner -- such great form -- so consistent! B.C.


24 Mar 2003
 
10:42:12

This is a terrific idea, Linda! I have written up stories in my journal that runners have told me about their marathons, and I am always inspired by them, even if I won't run myself. It is an activity that goes beyond sense at times, but never beyond worth. I applaud anyone who achieves it and anyone who celebrates it like you are doing. Well done! Barbara Carlson


23 Mar 2003
 
08:15:44

Dear Linda, What a wonderful idea ! sharing your marathon stories. It will be an inspiration to all who will and have run a marathon.

good on you and if I can do anything to help Please let me know..

Have you thought about sponsorship of the site?

Wendall Hughes


21 Mar 2003
 
20:54:17

What a wonderful read! Though not a marathon runner, I was exhausted reading your story Linda. I was proud of you then ...and now. You've turned a personal event into a forum where others can share their success stories...Bravo, and good luck Alice...Sudbury


 
21 Mar 2003
 
20:49:17

Hi Linda, Great idea, great job. May the stories form a marathon. Keep your dreams alive. Laurene


21 Mar 2003
16:05:10

Bravo Linda!! Best of luck on your new site. And the dream continues. Your future waterboy.


19 Mar 2003
15:20:16

Welcome to our Guest Book. We hope you'll say hello to other marathoners on the site, offer suggestions and ultimately, submit your stories for publication on the web site and in the book.


 

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