As part of our coverage of the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) on Oct. 22, Canadian Running is profiling the top Canadian athletes set to compete at the Canadian Marathon Championships.
Name: Melanie Myrand
Hometown: Lachine, Que.
Current location: St Genvieve, Que.
Associated club/coach: Athletisme Ville Marie/John Lofranco
Previous marathons: 1
Marathon PB: 3:04 (2014)
I love race day. I love that the run community in Canada is tiny. I've spent significant enough time in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver this year to realize just how small it is. Everyone knows everyone else. It truly is a national community, and that's obvious post race in the finish corrals at the @calgarymarathon. @newbalancecanada runner @rachelhannahrd (ON) seen smiling above finished 1st with the two @sauconycanada runners finishing 2nd (@emilysetlack AB) and 3rd (@melmyrand QC) in the women's half marathon. . The first thing Emily says to me after taking a few moments to catch her breath once she crosses the line is that Rachel "ran a great race". I last saw the women at 13KM's and Emily was out front looking good, but evidently that didn't last. Within 3 minutes and 30 seconds of Melanie crossing the line in 3rd, the three top finishers are discussing the race. Sharing smiles. Sharing in the joy of a hot and hard Calgary race being behind them. Did I mention, I love race day. . 3/3 . #run #running #runner #runningcommunity #runningmotivation #runnersofinstagram #runnerscommunity #runforlife #runsinthefamily #runningbuddies #instarunners #racestory #runcalgary #morethanmiles #calgarymarathon
Describe yourself: I’m a nurse practitioner in primary care who decided to give this running thing a chance after a breakthrough in 2016. Currently, I am working part-time and running more. I started running competitively when I was 13 and have been running ever since, some years not competitive but always a runner.
Most notable running/racing experience: Probably the provincial 10K in Victoriaville in 2016. That was my breakthrough in the 10K, dipping below 35:00 on a tough course. I injured my toe that winter so I couldn’t run. That race really got me excited for the possibility of taking running a bit further.
How has training for STWM gone? It’s been a short build since I came back from the Ivory Coast for the Francophone Games in late July. Getting back into it was a bit rough at the start but training is going great now and I’m feeling fit.
Why STWM? I chose this race because it’s a flat marathon in late October so conditions should be good. Competition should be good as well seeing as there is a group of women aiming for sub-2:40.
Goals for the race? I’m hoping to run 2:40 or faster, and to first among Quebec women.
What gear will you be sporting? I’m wearing my Saucony kit and plan on racing in the Saucony Fastwitch.