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    Happy 2012, iRunNation!

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    691178_sparkler2012 promises to be an exciting year in the running world – hello, Olympic marathon! Okay, so I am biased to the marathon even though there will be Canadians in other events – but I am looking forward to actually having some Canadians to cheer for at one of my Olympic marathon parties (picture a Superbowl party, only with the time difference from London, it will be a brunch instead of an evening affair).

    But I digress. I know that some of you have had a tough year and are happy to see the end of it – I’m happy to cheer in a new beginning with you. However, I am one of the fortunate ones to be able to say that 2011 was a fantastic year for me, so I would be remiss in not tipping my hat to the outgoing year.

    When it comes to running, my overall mileage wasn’t as high as last year. However, I learned a lot. I got faster and more courageous, I raced smarter, and stayed injury-free. I visited places I have never been and talked to all sorts of interesting people. To each and every one of you who had any part in it, no matter how small it may seem to you, I say thank you – I couldn’t have done it without you.

    And to absolutely everyone, a Happy New Year! I wish you PBs and medals and t-shirts galore. May your miles be merry and plentiful. The world is at your feet – go run it!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!