Welcome to The Pacing Life!

I’m Jayme and this blog is where I share my love for running, and all things that go into becoming a faster and stronger marathoner. I’m originally from southern Ontario, but now live in Ottawa. I live here with my fiancé husband and our adopted cat, Saxby. There are so many great running routes around this city.

I wasn’t always a runner. No, in fact I grew up in ballet and never really participated in sports. After growing out of ballet, I tried a few activities, but never really found my groove. I went off to university and battled to keep weight off and stay in shape. My Mom, who is an avid runner herself, encouraged me to run. I finished my first half marathon in 2 hours and 45 minutes. It wasn’t pretty.

I did, however, finish. It sparked something inside of me. And while that spark was dim at first, over time I found myself running more. I ran my first marathon in 2008 in Calgary in 5 hours and 38 minutes.

Over the years, I’ve continued to run. I’ve completed 15 marathons and 15 half marathons, with multiple 30km races. I’ve learned a lot from running, and now take training quite seriously. Running is no longer just about staying in shape. I am motivated to run because running makes me strong mentally and physically. Running has changed my life for the better. 

I now run most mornings and have run 11 12 13 marathons since 2008. I finished my first marathon with a time of 5:40 and now I’m looking to beat my 4:02 3:57 3:55 3:44 PR and eventually qualify for Boston. I’ve completed many halfs along the way, with 1:43 1:41 currently my PR. I’m constantly looking to challenge myself and pursue life outside my comfort zone.

You can read more about Why I Run here and in Canadian Running Magazine.