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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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

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Training & Racing Update – It’s Taper Time!

Only 2 weeks until Boston! there’s time for a few more hard workouts, but mainly, it’s time to get some rest and some energy stored up in these tired legs. Actually, I don’t even feel that tired. But I will do it because I know I need it to perform my best in Boston.

I topped out with an almost 130km week (129!) My highest week ever. My average weekly mileage for the past 2 months has been a little over 100km with highest weeks of 129, 120, 118, 114, 114, 112 and down weeks of 90-105. Read more of this post

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Is There a Road to Hope – Marathon Report

I kind of get quiet when life as a runner is not going well.  So it takes a while to gather up the motivation to put into words what is happening. But here it is.

I trained hard this Summer. I pushed myself, ran about the same mileage as my previous highest mileage period where I ran my PB of 3:18:20. I ate well, not perfect, but well. I cross trained, but not that often. I got more sleep than usual. I cut out alcohol, but not as much as I did when I ran my 2 PBs.

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Limberlost Challenge Trail Race

I meant to write about this sooner. I really did. But then I wrote about it in my weekly Globe And Mail Diary and I put it behind me.

[you can view that article here]

But there’s much more to tell about this great day and a what fabulous event it was. First off, it is not too far from our cottage so it just made sense to try to fit it in to our weekend. Anita and I were planning to do long training runs anyway so when we cleared it with the powers that be (our sons and their grandparents) to be away from them for a bit longer than usual on a training day, we drove there and registered on Race Day morning.

The location is just west of Algonquin Park in the Limberlost Forest. The start area is a nice open area with tents for sun protection and the start line heads from there out to about 500m of dirt road and then you dip into the tree covered forest. Check out the video below for a nice view of the whole shebang, start, trails, scenery. Just lovely.

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A Midsummer Night’s Run

Midsummer Nights Run Pacer SignWe’re less than 3 weeks away from Toronto’s most interesting event of the Summer.  It’s not the premiere event; that would go to the Acura 10 Miler I’d think, but it certainly is the most fun. And it servers as a great tune-up leading to a fall marathon. Many runners use this race and a prep for the Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon which is what I plan to do. Read more of this post

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6 races in 6 weeks

Niagara Ultra Marathon, Half and 120k startIt’s no real feat to knock off 6 races in 6 weeks so I won’t go on too long on about them. They’re all just a part of my Fall Marathon preparation. I have been doing them as training runs, no rest preparation etc, just throwing them into the mix as Tempo runs. I did 4 x 10km road races and last weekend tackled a 28km trail race as a long run. That race was one that requires a bit more discussion as they is just so many interesting things about it that although it wasn’t a planned goal race, it sure felt like it by the time I was done. Read more of this post

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Niagara Ultra 2011

Beaches RunnersAs much as I would have loved to run the 50k Ultra Marathon in Niagara again this year, I had to say no. Well, nobody made me say no, I didn’t have to, but I felt it was a good decision as I need more short distance speed training and less body breaking long runs. This is of course if I want to improve my marathon performances, in particular, this Fall at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM). So we opted for the 10k, and in the end, I ran it alongside Cam not wanting to pass up the opportunity to accompany him on his quest for a sub 50 minute 10k. Read more of this post

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4th Anniversary of Marathoning

goodlife pace bunnyThis Sunday, I will run the marathon in Ottawa. My 24th marathon (2 of them 50k ultra-marathons)

I will be the 4 hour Pace Bunny and plan on enjoying the anniversary. Ottawa was my first Marathon (3:56) in 2007. I plan on doing many more still but would like to take this time to announce that somehow, I am crazy enough to have racked up over 80 races in the last 4 years.

Here they are: my the numbers followed by my Personal Best time for each distance … 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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