My vacation kept me from writing anything before the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. But now that it’s over, let’s learn about Plan B.
Brief Summary of Results for the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of the most important annual sporting events in this city. The 2014 Waterfront Marathon saw one record return to a Toronto resident; a pair of good efforts by other Canadians; wins by a Kenyan and an Ethiopian; five Guiness records; and nearly 4000 finishers in this 42.2 kilometre event.
Laban Korir of Kenya won in 2:08:15, beating Tariku Jufar by 21 seconds (or 1/2 second per kilometre) in the men’s division. Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia took the women’s division in 2:23:15 (15th place overall), beating Aliaksandra Duliba by 1:28.
Finishing between the men’s and women’s winners was Canada’s Eric Gillis, with a 2:11:21 personal best. He had hoped to beat the Canadian men’s record of 2:10:09, set by Jerome Drayton 39 years ago. Canadian Lanni Marchant finished in 2:31:06. Both Canadians qualified for the 2015 PanAm games, to be held in Toronto next summer.
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of the few Canadian events to rack up world records, even if they are not “fastest in the open division”. Across both the marathon and half-marathon disciplines, the 2014 Waterfront Marathon in Toronto set Guinness World Records for a woman wearing fire-fighting gear or as a zookeeper’s uniform; men wearing baseball gear or a superhero costume; and Michal Kapral, the Joggler, added the half-marathon to his previous marathon and 10Km records for juggling 3 balls while running.
I did not find Ed Whitlock or Fauja Singh in the marathon results; I’ve written about their world records for their age categories, set here in previous editions of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
The Fallback for Plan B
The Toronto Star states that Eric Gillis used his fallback plan during Sunday’s race. “Plan A” was to claim the $39,000 prize for breaking Drayton’s old record. When his legs became sore, he switched to “Plan B”, which was to beat a 2:11 time. With three kilometres to run, he fell back to “Plan C”: run a personal best.
That’s a strategy I recommend to runners whom I’ve trained through the Running Room program: set a range of goals. For many of us recreational runners, “just finishing” is a worthy goal as “Plan C”. Loftier goals may include a personal best time; qualifying for Boston; or beating either a friend or the pace from a recent training run. Having a fallback Plan B truly helps keep you going through adversity.
References for This Article on the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
My congratulations to the Toronto Star for covering the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon results, as well as profiling some of the competitors in recent days. This article used “Canadian record still standing after Toronto Waterfront marathon” and “5 weird Guinness records set at Toronto’s Waterfront Marathon“.
As well, the official Canada Running Series results are online.
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