32, has won three of the last four Around
the Bay races, the iconic relay, 5K and 30K
race taking place this Sunday. The race has
been held since 1894, and it’s special
to runners around the world. Whether you’re
lacing up this weekend in Hamilton or preparing
for something in your own neck of the woods,
these tips from a 2020 Olympic hopeful are
sure to help you achieve your goals. She’s
also running Race Roster Spring Run Off, Ottawa
Marathon and Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Marathon so, without further ado: The Pidhoresky
Keys for Success.
1 Arrive early
so you can find a parking spot, stand in that
last minute bathroom line, and arrange yourself
in your corral without breaking a sweat that
you’ll miss the start.
2 Have a pace plan that is realistic.
3 Dress accordingly. It’s spring in
Onterrible Ontario so expect blustery, frigid
conditions and be pleasantly surprised if
4 On that same note, don’t wear your
favourite gloves if you plan on tossing them
at some point mid-race when you finally warm
5 Fuel! Plan to use the on-course aid stations
and/or pack some gels or chews to take in
6 Do not litter said gel packet.
7 When the gun goes off remember that it’s
a marathon (almost) not a sprint (see #2)
8 In the first
couple kilometres aim to find a rhythm, feel
out your legs, and warm up to your planned
9 Lots of spectators are out to see the race
off so enjoy this support.
11 It can be helpful to find a pack once the
runners around you have settled in to their
paces. Misery loves company, don’t ya
12 The segment from 3-10K really highlights
Hamilton’s ‘Steel City’
nickname. Breathe in those noxious fumes as
you work hard through this industrial district.
It won’t last forever.
13 Also, based on past trends, this section
of the race will include a strong headwind.
14 Find a wind block and run behind them (ideally
a person larger than you).
15 Tell them you will return the favour at
10K (there probably won’t be a headwind
16 As you turn onto Beach Boulevard soak up
the crowd support along the way — you’re
back in civilization.
17 Mind your footing on the drawbridge but
know you are past halfway at this point so
have a mini-celebration.
18 The rollers of North Shore Boulevard West
begin at about 18K — the following techniques
can help:Increase your cadence on the uphills.
Use your arms.
19 Try to find a rhythm — get a song
in your head.
20 Enjoy the glorious scenery (think back
to #12, add in #10).
21 You’re approaching the final climb
at Valley Inn Hill — this is a good
thing!!!! It’s your final hill of the
race! Don't forget to HIGH FIVE Stan on
the hill's approach
22 Use #19-21 to conquer this 400m climb.
Also, revisit #10 because, pics.
23 It’s all downhill from here. Literally.
24 The grim reaper, who hangs out in front
of the cemetery on the final stretch, is full
of lies. He’ll tell you you suck, you’re
slow, you’re not going to make it .
. . Well, maybe all these things are true
at this point but nonetheless, don’t
25 Give him a
thumbs up and keep working towards the finish
line. You have less than 3K to go!
26 When you head into FirstOntario arena take
off those sunnies as you round the corners
to the finish line (and #10)!
27 Savour that unique finish area, catch your
breath, and then eat ALL the snacks!
28 Exchange war stories with your fellow competitors,
friends and family.
29 Sign up for next year’s 126th Around
the Bay 30K.