Krista DuChene posted on Instagram today about wrapping up several months of training for her 17th marathon next month in Boston, and it’s not all massages and pancakes for the mother of three: DuChene’s next task after her 33K long run on Saturday was a trip to the grocery store.
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Saturday, March 23, 2019. 8th week of 180+ km/wk (in 6 days, 1 rest day) in this build for my 17th marathon. On my way out to get groceries after my morning long run. It’s never gotten easier but I know what to expect and how to pace myself, using my time and energy wisely. It’s my normal. Sometimes I feel like I’m just hanging on, training and competing at this level (and age). But I am. And I will. #aginggracefully #marathonmom #marathontraining #42.2yrs #42.2km #pursueyourthrill #rollriver
DuChene’s been putting in 180K-plus weeks for three months now, running six days a week and taking one day off every week. “Sometimes I feel like I’m just hanging on, training and competing at this level (and age). But I am. And I will,” she wrote on Instagram.
DuChene is 42. Last year she finished third at the Boston Marathon in appalling weather that didn’t feel all that unusual to her, accustomed as she is to braving the elements through Canadian winters to train for spring marathons. (Her time at Boston was 2:44:20.) DuChene also ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2018, finishing in 2:36:46.
DuChene’s kids, who are 13, 11 and 8, are involved in swimming and hockey.
DuChene will run Around the Bay on March 31 and the Boston Marathon on April 15. Her goal for Boston is to finish in the top 3 of the masters division, and hopefully among the top 15 women overall.