Athlete Profile: Margreet Dietz

Margreet Running in the 2011 Bellingham Bay Marathon

We first met Margreet, through our involvement with the Squamish Titans Triathlon Club. She is a five-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, with a personal best of 11:12.  Since 2005 she has decided to focus on running and has been making steady progress from a first marathon time of  4:18 in 1999, she is now working towards her goal of running a sub-3:00 hr marathon at the BMO Vancouver marathon on May 6th, 2012.

More than how fast she runs, the most impressive qualities that Margreet has are her dedication, and obvious joy for running.  It’s inspiring.  Her training and progress are stunning examples of what can be achieved with goal setting and sticking to a plan.

So far this year’s training has led a few personal bests in her half-marathon times running an 86:54 in April.

“After it took me 4 years to improve on a 2008 PB of 88:13, I was absolutely stoked to run 87:27 in the First Half in February. And now, 7 weeks later, there’s another 33-second improvement, so I couldn’t be happier.”

Margreet finished the Vancouver Sun Run 10K last weekend in 39:38.8, another personal best.

Follow Margreet on her training journey at her website where she takes you through the rigours of marathon training.  Here’s hoping we see a “2” at the front of her marathon time at the BMO Vancouver marathon on May 6th.

“Margreet Dietz is the author of four non-fiction books, A Hundred Reasons to Run 100kmRunning Shoes Are a Girl’s Best Friend, Powered From Within: Stories About Running & Triathlon and A Work in Progress: Exercises in Writing.”    For a complete bio, please visit Margreet’s website.