Running 3:25 per kilometer (5:28/mile) for 21K is no easy task, especially with a head-wind to battle. This is the feat Tecumseh, Ontario native Dayna Pidhoresky accomplished yesterday morning at the 2011 edition of the Niagara International Marathon-Half Marathon running 1:11:45.
The 24-old Canadian has taken several people by surprise over the past 12-months winning multiple titles over varying distances (see chart). Some have questioned the frequency by which she races; however, based on recent results Pidhoresky and her coach Josh Seifarth know exactly what works best for the young distance runner.
While others jibber-jabber about whether or not Pidhoresky broke Tara Quinn Smith’s Canadian Half Marathon record of 1:12:09 (Montreal, 2009), Runners Feed is taking a look back at Pidhoresky’s last year of accomplishments. If you understand distance running you will likely be impressed by how consistent and durable this young woman is.
According to Canadian Running Magazine, Athletics Canada is verifying the IAAF’s course guidelines for record-setting performances. From our understanding, the questionable factor regarding the Niagara Half Marathon course is whether or not the start line and finish were too far apart.
Under section 260.28 (b) of the IAAF Competition Rules it states:
“(b) The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.”
Record or no-record, according to Pidhoresky’s Coach, Josh Seifarth, “She is the fastest Canadian female over the half-marathon distance. I know it, she knows it, and anyone who follows running knows it!”.
Check back tomorrow for a Q&A with Pidhoresky’s coach, Josh Seifarth!
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.