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About The Blog

I am a long distance runner representing Saucony Canada and London Runner Distance Club. I started this blog while I was in university and used it for the most part to write race reports and share some of my training. Over the past few years I have become more involved in coaching, both with the Junior Program with London Runner, and online coaching with Endurance Odyssey. Through my involvement in distance running and training and training and racing at a high level for nearly a decade, as well as coaching runners of various ages and ability levels, I have learned quite a bit about the sport. I intend to use this blog to share my thoughts on distance writing, hence the new title, “thoughts on the run.”

I want to explore the how and why of what I do in this sport. Hopefully I can share some of my knowledge and experience or at least stimulate some discussion. These blogs will draw mainly on my own experience as an athlete and as a coach. For a more scientific-based approach to distance running there are other blogs you can follow, whereas my background is not in exercise physiology. However, I believe that distance running is a simple (but challenging!) sport and we can learn a lot by doing, so in that way I think I can have some helpful advice for other runners, whether they are trying to make it to the elite level or someone simply looking to challenge themselves and run personal bests.

 

About Me

Personal Bests
1500m: 4:26.60 (2012)
3000m: 9:28.95 (2012)
5000m: 16:05.84 (2014)
10000m: 33:14.91 (2014)
5k road: 16:14.6 (2013)
10k road: 33:17 (2016)
Half Marathon: 1:13:13 (2013)
Marathon: 2:33:23 (2015)

Career Highlights

  • 2018 Edmonton 10k and Spring Run-Off 8k Champion
  • 2017 Canadian Marathon Champion at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, ran 2:35:47 for 5th overall
  • 2017 Canadian Running Series Overall Female Winner
  • 2016 Vancouver Eastside 10k Champion (33:17)
  • Silver medallist at the 2015 Canadian Marathon Championships (2:33:23, 8th overall at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
  • Top-ten finishes at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015, with a 4th place finish in 2015
  • Represented Canada on four national teams (2014 NACAC Cross Country Championships, 2013 Chiba Ekiden International Road Relays, 2012 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge, 2008 World University Cross Country Championships)

1 Response to About

  1. Angie Roth says:

    Leslie!

    I heard your name called when I ran the try-a-tri at Guelph Lake II, on September 1st, and read in the London Free Press that you came 3rd this past weekend at OU’s. Congratulations! Looks like you are in your element, and I wish you the best of luck.

    BTW, I am on mat-leave with second kid (Luke, 9 months old) and will be going back to teaching next September. I just bought a used road bike and hope to do another try-a-tri in the spring, and then a sprint in the fall. Maybe I’ll see you around at a Subaru event…

    Sincerely,
    Angie Roth

    P.S. Did you know that Sue Senior used to be a teacher of mine? I think she knows your family.

    P.P.S. In the event that you don’t remember me, I used to teach at Markville (coached hockey that one crazy year) and moved to London about 4 years ago.

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