July 29, 2015

Back of my Ji Hong Tai Chi t-shirt with a figure doing "Snake Creeps Down"

In Praise of Tai Chi

I’ve been learning Tai Chi for just over a year now and I’m really enjoying it. I’m training at Ji Hong Tai Chi‘s Mississauga location. They have a much larger location in Markham, but the Mississauga location is growing quickly. Tai Chi always seemed to have a mystical mystique to it. It’s something ancient, yet meditative and modern. Yoga has a similar appeal, but are very different in practice. The original Chen-Style was actually a way to teach Wu Shu (Kung Fu) Martial Arts technique. Yang style is a derivative and less combat-application specific, but still considered a martial art by many.  There is[…continue reading]



July 27, 2015

"Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room." - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

July 2015 Motivation Board

I haven’t done one of these motivation board type posts in a while. But this set felt kind of important so I thought I’d share it. In particular, I think I’ve finally gotten over complaining about exercising. I have to keep trying hard and and embrace that this grueling schedule is good for me and I have to trust that it will result in successes. Reflecting this, I have a number of new quotes on my motivation board this month: The first is from Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson, WWE wrestler and actor. He’s also a fitness freak. And some of[…continue reading]



July 24, 2015

Climbing a hill covered in mud at the Toronto Sprint Spartan Race

Toronto Sprint Spartan Race Report

On Saturday, July 18 I ran SURVIVED my first OCR (obstacle course race), the Toronto Sprint Spartan Race. Like the Colour Run last summer, this was a very new experience which I’m glad to write about it in a “Race Report.” I tried getting as much of this down as possible right after the race to preserve the detail for this report, but I apologize if some details are out of order. So, put your feet up, maybe have a mud bath and enjoy this rather lengthy post. I used to swear I was never going to do a “mud” run. Then I won[…continue reading]



July 13, 2015

Runrise over Mississauga as seen during a #5amRunClub run

Early Morning Workouts: An Ode to #5amRunClub

I’ve been running at least once a week in the VERY early morning this season for at least 6 weeks now. I’ve done it before, but I think is the first time I’ve consistently kept renewing my membership in the #5amRunClub. I love these early morning runs and there are a lot of benefits, but there are also a ton of challenges and tricks I need to do to get going.   EARLY MORNING BENEFITS Why in the world would you want to get out of bed that early? Isn’t it crazy? Well, it feels like it sometimes, but it’d definitely worth[…continue reading]



July 1, 2015

Back of my Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon  medal with the iTab showing my disappointing time

June Review

by pyrad
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This was a month of transformation. The first full month of this training season and high hopes for it all. I suppose the first big thing was that I’ve really, REALLY, taken a hard look at my nutrition. Tracking my food on June 2 was really sobering. It was pretty hard to see that I’d really need to cut back on food, especially foods I loved, to meet my weight loss goal. But, I’m reading a lot of labels and starting to try to find balance. I even still enjoy a few treats. I had chicken wings earlier this month.[…continue reading]