When Jerome Tuesday passed the 10th mile of his 13.1 mile half-marathon at the Manitoba Marathon on Sunday, he realized he made a crucial error earlier on—even before the race started.
He ate an apple.
Usually in his training sessions, the 22-year-old will eat a banana to help fuel him through his running. But in the minutes leading up to the first half-marathon of his life, he decided to finish off an apple in hopes of boosting him to his goal of a top-150 finish.
“I figured I had it a little too late,” Tuesday remarked. “I had it about half-an-hour before the race and usually that is fine.
“I thought I would have a little extra for the distance I was going,” he added. “But when I hit the 10th mile, I [could] feel the apple and banana in my stomach and they weren’t digesting yet.
“It wasn’t a good feeling,” he admitted. “But I toughed it out as hard as I could.”
Tuesday toughed it out all right. In his first half-marathon since training in running, the general arts student at Fanshawe College came in with a time of 1:39:22—good enough for 185th place out of more than 3,800 runners.
“I was hoping for top-150 but it was tough,” he noted.
“I kind of underestimated the race a bit,” he added. “The atmosphere, I didn’t expect it to be so intense.”
But after completing the gruelling endurance test, he now knows it was worth it.
“I feel good,” he remarked. “I know I can do it now, and I definitely want to do a full marathon eventually.”
After he finished 74th at the 10-mile road race in Thunder Bay last May, Tuesday decided to start training for a half-marathon.
He’s been running through Fort Frances five or six days a week, each time finishing at least 10 km.
“I never thought I would be competing. I would always run for the health benefits,” he explained.
“It was also about the pride factor,” he admitted. “I just wanted to prove myself that I’m actually starting to be a good runner.
“I never thought I would compete, but one day I signed up for a race to see how I [would do].
“I just surprised myself and said to myself, ‘I’m actually starting to be a good runner. I should probably take this a little more seriously.’
“I started running five days a week and it’s addicting,” Tuesday said. “Some days that I don’t run, I feel like I didn’t accomplish something.
“It helps me feel better, there’s just something to it, a whole psychological aspect to it,” he reasoned.
“But it’s good feeling.”
Tuesday said the moment he crossed the finish line at
University Stadium, where the University of Manitoba Bisons football team plays its home games, was one he would never forget.
“It was fun, I didn’t expect thousands and thousands of people to be there,” he recalled. “The biggest race I’ve ever been in so far.
“Coming to the finish line was probably the best feeling ever.
“The place was just packed full of people,” he added. “It was awesome just running it and seeing everyone cheer.”
When he finally crossed the line, almost 100 minutes into his journey, the thought going through his head was “what a relief.”
“I had a smile on my face and just glad I did it,” Tuesday declared. “Early in the week, I wasn’t going to do it, I wasn’t feeling too good.
“I signed up on the last day.
“I figured if I did it sick, it would only make me that much stronger,” he reasoned.
This won’t be the last race for Tuesday this year as he hopes to get in two more marathons—and said a triathlon would not be out of the picture.
Rainy River District was well-represented among the 3,800-plus runners in the half-marathon in Winnipeg.
A truly heart-warming story came out from the Manitoba Marathon thanks to the Loney brothers from Emo.
While their dad, Dan, was completing the half-marathon, David, 16, and Andrew, 11, were preparing for the 2.6-mile “Super Run.”
A women, Norina Supchuk, was participating in her first half-marathon but found herself without a bib number or timing chip.
While a race volunteer hand-wrote her bib number, Andrew gave up his timing chip to the women.
In the record books, it will go down as Andrew finishing in 2 hours, 18 minutes, although he actually beat his older brother’s time of 26:51.
Loney, meanwhile, along with Dennis Ogilvie of Emo, were the next fastest in the half-marathon, covering the distance in 1:40:53 and 1:43:30, respectively.
Christopher Legg, 18, from Fort Frances was the youngest finisher from the district, coming in at 1:48:18.
The top two local female runners were Ashleigh Dutton (Fort Frances) and Heidi Friesen (Emo), who both came in at just over the two-hour mark.
Other district finishers in the half-marathon included George Halverson, Cindy McKinnon, Melissa Belluz, and Johanne Alderson (Fort Frances), Kelly Olson (Stratton), and Julie Ferguson, Christine Evans-Duquette, Karen Gannon, and Patricia Dunnet (Atikokan).
No local runners took part in the full 26.2-mile marathon this year.