A Runners Best Friend

The Ravine, Me and Pre!

The Ravine, Me and Pre!

Canadian Running Magazine put a call out to runners whom enjoy running with their dogs. How could I resist when one of my best running buds is..well, Pre!

So here is the link to their opost. It’s part of a whole series and a well done one at that.

Runner’s Best Friend: Dave Emilio and Prefontaine

2 Weeks Later – Another Delayed Boston Race Report

Boston 2015 - the fabled stickered bib

Boston 2015 – the fabled stickered bib

Boston 2015 was a smashing success. Not time-wise, but definitely fun-wise. The atmosphere during this 2 year anniversary of the tragic events of the 117th Boston Marathon seemed to be more settled and jovial. Sad memories do linger and the devastation will never truly be forgotten, but people are moving on, including some of the victims that have gone though enough rehabilitation to actually run this year’s marathon.

This was year 6 for us and I went it to it quite under trained and still battling some long-lngering butt issues so I had no expectatios for the race or to be fast, but was hoping some good weather and sheer determination would get me to a 3:23, the magic number in my estimation to earn my right to return. Read more of this post

One Year Later – A Delayed Race Report

I haven’t blogged in well over a year, for reasons I may get into another time. But for now, here’s my 2014 Boston marathon Report.

This story is a big one. Not in the newsflash, stock market crash, another politician lies kind of trash. But big to me, and to the people who know myself or Danny. And it stems from such a small gesture, during a brief interaction which to me, is what makes it so big.


The must do for every year, pose by the expo entrance

The marathon is a beast in itself, anyone who has run one knows what I am saying. I’ve now run 36. The 36th time running a marathon may not seem like the beast that the first one is, but it’s still something big, and to me , each one has been significant. Boston 2014 was one for the books as it was the 1 year anniversary of the bombings and had a record number of participants. The city was unbelievably electric. The runners attending were wrought with emotions. Excited first timers, nervous and fretful runners who had been affected by the previous year’s tragic incidents, perhaps themselves having only barely avoided the bombs. And hundreds of thousands of spectators hoping to see a good, safe race. I, along with most, was as excited as ever.

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Hamilton Marathon – The Tale Of The Tape

hammerAfter a summer of more ‘relaxed’ training, where I hemmed and hawed about whether to skip a fall marathon and just run a few shorter races, I decided to give it a go after all. For more on my summer of relaxed training read this.

The best part about this race was how good I felt in the final few days before the race. I not only trained with far less mileage, max long runs of 30k, and far fewer speed-work sessions, I tapered with more vigor (less?) that usual. I was perhaps, even a bit stale. But it was nice to wake up on race day feeling really fresh. Read more of this post

Return To The Obsession

Well folks, I tried something new. I tried not to care too much about running. I stopped blogging, I stopped logging my runs and I ran all summer with no plan, no training regimen, and no balls.

That’s right. If I didn’t feel like running, I didn’t run. If I only felt like running easy on a hard day, I ran easy. If I felt like running hard, I ran hard. Only on the rare group runs, did I run harder (or easier) that I felt. And know what? I enjoyed the break. I enjoyed not always feeling beat up. I threw in some swimming, biking and a couple of Olympic distance triathlons (with a PB of 2:38:15). But there was something missing for a while, I missed the obsession. I missed the feeling like I was earning my way to a personal best marathon. I was devoid of the confidence that good workouts,  consistent training and a regulated routine of eating and sleeping well all give me. Mentally and physically, it was a good reset but now I feel it is time to move back into ‘Eye of the Tiger’ mode. Read more of this post

Boston and Toronto Marathons 2013

72865_10152744845070548_345528942_nThe events of Boston made my usual Race Reporting become less appealing to me, and I imagine others, as the importance of the events surrounding the Boston Bombings seemed far more relevant.Between the multitude of interviews I did about what transpired there, and how it affected me and the ones I was with, left me not wanting to write a blog post about it. At least not at the time. I was just so talked out about the whole ordeal. I ended up doing 1 national (CBC) radio interview, 3 National TV interviews (2 for the National, only one of which aired, and CBC Montreal), 3 print and online  interviews (National Post, Huffington Post, CBC online, Beach Metro News, and Globe and Mail) + I submitted my story to “The Shoes We Wore“. So I have said all I need to say about it. The Shoes we wore piece probably sums it up best.
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Boston 2013

The hay is in the barn!

The hay is in the barn!

Since I haven’t blogged in forever, I am feeling a little rusty. But not in the running department. I feel great and for the first time in a long time I am heading into the marathon weekend knowing I am ready.

The training cycle for Boston 2013 was a step up from last year with the addition of a coach. Hey, I never said I was an expert. I figured why not enlist someone who has progressed from where I am to a level I would like to be at. The schedule was fierce and relentless and having a coach checking up on me to ensure I was following the plan definitely helped. I stepped outside my comfort zone in a few areas that I usually don’t. Like running when tired for one. Sure, in the past I have put serious effort into the speed workouts but this time I persevered and ran many more miles. Some people may call them junk but we’ll see if they have in fact built endurance and the ability to fight hard right to the end of the race. Read more of this post

Movember 2012

With only a couple of days left, I thought I would break my no blogging streak and recap Movember so far.

I have been diligent with keeping my Mo-Space updated with some of my favourite and more famous Mo’s.

I did not (yet) reach my goal which was to beat last year’s fundraising of $3550.00. Not even close. Maybe the economy is down, or more Mo participants spreading out the funds across more people, or maybe I was less pesky! Anyway, I may hit $200 which is not too bad and should put me atop the Flight Centre Team.

To check out my Mo Space (and donate!) – click  here

Or just view my synopsis of my daily (almost) updates. If you were following along, i hope you enjoyed it. If you donated, know that I, and we, all, appreciate it! Thanks to all!

And here you go, my Mo’s of the day, in reverse order…
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No Fear Of The Dark

A short while ago I was privy to receive a kit from Energizer* that included a few treats to enjoy and review. It was in this post here, that I told you about one of 2 cool headlights I received and tested. I was impressed and looked forward to trying them out on some trails for real. The other headlight is not quite as powerful or feature rich, but is a fair bit lighter and less cumbersome without the external battery pack. Either one would be suitable for trail runner, night hiking, cycling etc.

The PRO 4 headlight is the other headlight I tried. So far, I have used it on one bike ride and it was quite bright and efficient. It fit over my helmet well and it is also comfortable worn straight on my head.



2 Light modes – night vision, spot
28 lumens

21 hours runtime

Pivoting headlight to point light where needed

Adjustable head strap

Push button switch

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Run For The Toad 50k Trail Race 2012

After a 5 week break from running, I got back out there and managed to get in 6 solid weeks of training. There was really no rush to get back to 1000% but I had been looking forward to ‘The Toad’ for the whole year and I also wanted a little redemption from my DNF at The Limberlost Challenge. So in that 6 week cycle, I got back  to 3 80k weeks and a few long-ish runs of 29, 36, 33 and went into race day far less fit than I would like to be, but confident that could get around the 12.5 k loop 4 times in about 5.5 hours. Read more of this post