Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 1

When I look back on 2016, my surprise trip to Russia will always put a huge badass smile on my face. As my 54th birthday is just hours away and 2016 is coming to a close, I couldn’t think of any better way to celebrate than reliving and documenting my amazing Russian adventure. What a […]

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The Most Negative Word in the World

I have taken a break for the last month, partly because my body was rebelling, partly because I needed one and mostly because I’ve been telling myself for quite a while that I wanted one. For 4+ years straight I’ve gone from one increasingly challenging goal to the next. The break wasn’t everything I thought […]

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Running for Cystic Fibrosis

I recently pinged off a bunch of challenges over 10 weeks; Ottawa Marathon, my very 1st Ultra Marathon in Niagara then, I surprisingly went to Russia to climb Mt Elbrus. Honestly, for 2016, I had one challenge goal and that was to finish my unfinished business at the Ottawa Marathon; the other 2 challenges were […]

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Ottawa Marathon – PB’s Get Air!

Driving back from the Kawartha’s a week before the Ottawa Marathon I made a mistake, I talked to my phone, “weather in Ottawa this Sunday” phone thinking “Sunday’s forecast in Ottawa is 29 with scattered thunderstorms”. What! I knew it could get hot in Ottawa the end of May and I truly love running in rain […]

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Taper Time

What is it about marathoners? We fantasize most of our training season about getting to taper phase then, once it gets here, we hate it. Today, I completed my last real long run before my goal race, the Ottawa Marathon, May 29th. That gives me 2 weeks to recover, prepare mentally and get my body […]

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Running on Empty

Have you ever considered taking your car out for a long drive without a tank of gas? Neither have I. In fact I think it could result in a lot of pushing and shoving. Let’s talk about the pushing part first. I have this coach, let’s call him Stan, who uses himself as a guinea […]

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The ‘C’ Word

I guess I’m good at distractions! As you know there are a whole bunch of reasons I’m training for the Ottawa Marathon May 29th as explained in Unfinished Business. Well, I haven’t really explained quite ALL of my reasons just yet. Let me explain. The day I returned to Canada after climbing Mt Baker in […]

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Don’t BE Injured

We’ve all seen the cartoons about runners who keep running when injured. A couple of years ago I had no understanding of why anyone in their right mind would keep running when they had a perfectly good excuse to stop. Any excuse would’ve been a good one for me! In my short running career I’ve […]

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Unfinished Business

Call it the eternal optimist in me but I never look at an incomplete personal goal as a fail. Never! If I’m not able to follow through, I take stock of what sidelined me and move the goal to the ranks of ‘Unfinished Business’. I stay positive because I know accomplishing anything requires belief in myself, I recognize my progress and […]

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