North Face Endurance Run 2015

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Location: Collingwood Ontario
Distance: Marathon [4 x 4 relay]
Register: https://www.thenorthface.com/en_ca/get-outdoors/endurance-challenge/ontario-canada.html

Well, it’s been a while since we ran this race. But it was quite the event and has not been forgotten. There is no doubt that this was not an event to be taken lightly. But we did. At least I did. You see, I love to run trails and despite the fact I do not race on trails that often, did not impede my expectation as to how well I would do. Boy was I in for a surprise! Read more of this post

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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.

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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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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

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Toronto Goodlife Marathon 2012 – 28th Time’s A Charm

Here’s how Marathon #28 went down…

Goodlife Toronto Marathon Home StretchThe Toronto Goodlife Marathon came only 3 weeks after a fairly disastrous Boston Marathon where we battled 90 degree temperatures. My decision during that race to slow down and save what I could for Goodlife actually paid off somewhat. Was it all worth it? I think so…

We all have our own reasons why our capabilities are not met in full for whatever reasons and instead of excusing myself for not realizing my top performance in the marathon, I will simply say, that on this day, I ran the best race I think I could have.

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Ottawa Race Weekend 2011

The Ottawa CrewAnd so you have it, the final marathon of the Spring. That brings me up to 5 for the year and 24 total. This one was neither the easiest nor hardest but it was interesting. Interesting in that it was a tell tale sign that I need to reassess my running goals. By the time I crossed the line, again as a Pace Bunny for the Running Room, I felt relief, for two reasons… Read more of this post

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Toronto Goodlife Marathon 2011 Pt 1

Ha, I didn’t even write part one. A new friend, JD did.

Since I haven’t had (made) the time to write about last Sunday (or 2 weeks ago – Sporting Life) JD’s report can tie you over.

Check it out, and the rest of his blog here

JD’s Ridiculous Endeavors

I’ll be back.

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I Beg Your Pardum – Boston 2011 Pt3

boston-marathon-celebration-jacket 2011The final word on Boston 2011 is wow. Yes, year 2 for me was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to do it again. Next year, we are talking about going to London to run the marathon which is on the same weekend so my return to Boston may have to wait until 2013.

No problem, that will actually give me time to qualify in a new age group, where I will still need to run 3h 25m (or faster to ensure entry) but if my training goes as planned I will be well under that mark when the time comes. Read more of this post

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Ed Whitlock – World Record Set for 80+

This man is extreme. Endurance is Ed. Ed is Canadian (London born)

While I procrastinate sitting in one place long enough to write a new blog post, I will share this link, so you can read about Ed’s recent achievement in Rotterdam. Read more of this post

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Let’s Dwell on Boston Shall We?

It’s the end of an era? Maybe. It will definitely be tough to re qualify for me and my running mates. Not impossible, but harder. Perhaps the challenge is what we need to step it up to the next level. Why do we need to? Because a ‘semi-unachievable’ goal is a great motivator. Why do we need to achieve this goal? Read more of this post

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Arizona Rock and Roll Marathon 2011

Phoenix Marathon ExpoRunning, Travel, Friendship, Family. Four of my favourite things. What a great weekend it is when we can combine these together. This past weekend was no let down and I wish it lasted longer. We headed to Phoenix, well, Scottsdale actually, and spent the weekend reminiscing, running, eating, and lounging. And we ate a bit more too. The goal while there was also to run a marathon, and half marathon for my wife and our host. Read more of this post

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