Terry Goodenough Gallery

29 04 2010

Here are a couple of Terry’s photos , if anyone has more feel free to comment  with a link or email me them so I can put them up. Thanks.



Visitation & Funeral Information

28 04 2010

Funeral arrangements have been made for Terry and will appear in the Toronto Star and the Globe tomorrow.

The visition and funeral will be held at Turner and Porter.

Address is 1981 Dundas St W, Miss, Ont L5K 1R2 905-828-8000

Visitation will be Friday 2-4 and 6-9. Funeral will be Saturday at 11:00am.

The Passing of Coach & Friend Terry Goodenough

28 04 2010

Yesterday, between 5:25-5:30pm, Derek Nakluski (my training partner) and I had just returned to his house after our evening run. Not long after we arrived his phone rang. On the other line was our friend and training partner Steven Drew. Steve informed us that our coach of 10 years and close friend Terry Goodenough had passed away unexpectedly.

Derek had answered the phone and after a few moments I knew the news wasn’t good. Derek’s usually calm demeanor had changed  as his hand began to shake. Derek was then forced to break the news to me and his family. I felt as if I had been ran over by a train that used my heart as tracks. Terry had been emailing us for days after what was described by him as a minor surgery. Terry even sounded optimistic about  returning to practice on Thursday. I am not yet 100% certain of the circumstances which lead to Terry’s passing. It has been described as a blood clot as a result of the surgery. I am also not yet certain about the date of visitation and funeral service.

I feel even more lost knowing I will no longer have his guidance. I wonder what now? I took today to sit and reflect. It was not a good idea. When I heard about Terry’s passing the first thing I wanted to do was run and not stop for several hours, or until I felt better. (kinda like Forest Gump I suppose).  My heart goes out to Terry’s family, friends, and athletes at UofW.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

Thomas Campbell

Canadian Half Marathon Championships

21 04 2010

This weekend (April 18th) was the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Montreal, Quebec. The host race was the Banque Scotia 21k organized through the Canada Running Series.

I arrived in Montreal by train on Friday the 16th and stayed at the Delta hotel in Downtown Montreal. It had been 4 degrees and freezing rain when I had arrived.  I figured that at least the weather in Montreal was being upfront in telling the competitors that they were in for a tough one this weekend. My roommate was Rejean Chiasson. I had never met him before. When he strolled into our hotel room later that night I was watching the music video SheWolf by Shakira. He pretended not to notice, so I knew he was a good guy right away for not judging me haha.

The race started at 10am and by that time it had started raining. The rain got progressively harder as the km’s passed by. The course had mud patches from the rain, and it made the many sharp turns rather tricky. The course was flat and along the water(windy). Yet, I would say if it wasn’t  for the rain and it’s effect on the course, one could run decently fast.

Matt Loiselle went out like a man on a mission leaving his competitors as a distant memory. Ongari and Baghdad followed, but a few seconds behind. Perhaps lacking the necessary half marathon experience, I felt more comfortable tucking behind the womans champion Mary Davies for the first km haha. As I started to gain confidence and comfort I found myself in a pack with 3 other runners; two I recognized as Chiasson and Osaduik. I went to the front for several km’s trying to push our group closer to Baghdad. As I started to make a move our group was instructed to run in the wrong direction by a course volunteer.  Because I had just made a bit of a move before our wrong turn I found myself a good distance behind the group as we veered back on course.

Taking a wrong turn and falling behind the pack was a big mental and physical test. It had occurred around 8km in. Although there was lots of time to catch back up, I didn’t want to expend too much energy getting back with the group. I was pretty pissed off to. I forced myself to calm down and focus on slowly and methodically making my way back to the group. By 10km I had made my way back into the pack, but wasn’t sure how much energy I had expended to do so.

With  5 km’s left in the race the pace had once again quickened and the rain had really started to come down. This is when I noticed the toll of the earlier km’s. My last 5k  was ugly. None the less I ended up finishing as the 4th Canadian and 7th overall in a personal best time of 1:06.34.

The race and weekend was a lot of fun and an experience I would recommend to everyone. The Canadian Running Series certainly knows how to run a good race.  Although I was somewhat happy with my performance (considering the gauntlet of a race as my uncle put it) I think I am in shape to run much faster than the day had shown.

Not sure whats next, need some time to train (def more mileage) and recover, than perhaps the Ontario 10km Championships in London where I am hoping for a solid field.

Canadian Half Marathon Results


Banque Scotia 21k Website


Men Half Marathon:
1. Matt Loiselle, 1:05:07
2. Steve Osaduik, 1:06:05
3. Rejean Chiasson, 1:06:13
4. Adam Hortian, 1:06:34
5. Matt Clout, 1:08:29
Women Half Marathon:
1. EmilyTallen, 1:15:41
2. Krista DuChene, 1:15:55
3. Marilyn Arsenault, 1:16:37
4. Kristina Rody, 1:17:12
5. Chantelle Wilder, 1:18:41

London Downtown 5k & Harry’s Spring Runoff

21 04 2010

2 weeks ago I tried to pull off a weekend double of 5k & 8k. The attempt started in London at the Downtown 5k, and ended with an 8k at the Harry’s Spring Run Off in Toronto. The goal was to try to cruise the 5k on Friday and run quicker on Saturday.

Friday’s race went well in that I won the race in an effort that coincided with the plan. I ran 15:11, which was around the same time as last years winner. Next came the Harry’s Spring Run Off. When rising from bed that morning I felt wobbly and dizzy. I sat back down immediately and for a second thought “what the hell was with that!” It later occurred to me that it had been in the 20’s and sunny the day of the first race and I had spent a bit too much time in the sun. 20’s was amplified by the fact that it had snowed and been cold just days before.

Feeling a bit under the weather and lacking of energy I decided to get a coffee before the 8k. I am not a coffee drinker haha. For the first 2k of the race I felt like I had sniffed cocaine (super human energy haha), and my heart was racing, but then came 3k where I pulled aside and puked. It was fair to say I learned a lot this weekend from what can best be described as probably the dumbest series of actions I have ever attempted.

Looking back on Harry’s Spring I still wish I had got back into the mix and completed the race. I think that a lot can be gained by struggling through a race to a pride busting finish….like humility and greater motivation for future races. It is also easier to look yourself in the mirror when you know you committed to something and followed through on it.

London Downtown 5k Results


Harry’s Spring Run Off (Live)

1 04 2010

Looks like everyone can watch this weekends Harry’s Spring Run Off at the link below. The race is on Saturday at 10am, and will feature some of Canada’s top distance runners.

Watch my race live on Saturday at 10am. (Harry’s Spring Run Off)


* I will also be racing the 5k the day before. It’s going to be a rough, but fun weekend. The back to back hard races will help me practice running while tired and also toughen me up a wee bit mentally.

Below is also a list of Saturday’s field; you might recognize a couple of these names from…the Olympics and various World Championships! haha.

Race link: http://www.canadarunningseries.com/springrunoff/index.htm

Elite Start List

Bib #   Last Name    First Name      City (Country)
      1 Milne        Taylor          Guelph
      2 Ongeri       Josephat        Burlington
      3 Gillis       Eric            Guelph
      4 Loiselle     Matt            Toronto
      5 Rachem       Baghdad         Montreal
      6 Watson       Rob             Guelph
      7 Thorson      Cleve           Guelph
      8 Oukid        Fethi           Montreal
      9 Recioui      Tewfik          Verdun
     10 Dehbi        Amor            Montreal
     11 Genest       Alex            Guelph
     12 Karanja      David           Hamilton
     13 Nakluski     Derek           Kitchener
     14 Davila       Marco           PERU
     15 Quispe       Jhon William    PERU
     17 Essebaa      Kamel           Montreal
     18 Hortian      Adam            Waterloo
     25 Gehl         Terry           St Charles
     26 McDonell     Scott           Mississauga
     27 Boyd         Steve           Kingston
     28 Betchim      Nourddine       Montreal

     30 Njeri        Lucy            KENYA
     31 Harvey       Lisa            Calgary
     32 Aboungono    Josiane         Toronto
     33 Wiltse       Paula           Brockville
     34 Rollinson    Ayesha          Toronto
     36 Tallen       Emily           Kingston