April 1, 2017

Training with the Ben N. Jerry’s How To Run!

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In 2014, I trained using a program developed by Dr. Jack Daniels. I was quite happy with the progress of that program and I have a number of posts tagged that indicate how much I enjoyed it. Some of my friends have also started incorporating parts of the Jack Daniel’s program into their speed training.   So, this year, I’m experimenting with a training program from another famous author: Ben N. Jerry’s How To Run.   I haven’t finished reading this yet, but I think it’s a very promising approach. It’s a radically different than anything I’ve ready before on[…continue reading]



March 31, 2017

Around The Bay 5k Race Report

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I’ve finally finished the set: Now that I’ve run the Around The Bay 30k (four times), 2-person relay, 3-person relay, and the 5k, I’ve officially done all of the Around The Bay events! As I mentioned in the Chilly Half-Marathon race report from a few weeks ago, I didn’t have the best training season. And after Chilly I had some minor surgery, then a not-so-minor flu. So, I got very little running done between these races. Last year’s ATB was really cold. The forecast was for rain and a -4 windchill, so I worried it would be really cold again. I was[…continue reading]



March 17, 2017

There’s No Such Thing As “Fit”

You’ll have to excuse the inflammatory title. It’s meant to be eye-catching, but not entirely misleading. I’ve been on an interesting journey this winter: I have been exceptionally busy, and with limited time (and lousy weather) I didn’t run as much as I have in previous years. As a result, my running fitness is pretty poor by comparison (see my time from the recent Chilly Half-Marathon). And I’m heavier than I’ve been in a long time. But, does that mean I’m currently “un-fit”? I am winding up a person training contract that had me going to the gym 3-times a week. If[…continue reading]



March 13, 2017

Chilly Half-Marathon 2017 Race Report

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It’s been a very quiet few months on my blog. I’m hoping this post is the start of a turnaround and revival! The training season leading up to this race has been one of my worst. I declined to be an instructor leading to this clinic because I suspected I’d need time flexibility with everything else going on in my life. I really needed that flexibility because I was even busier than I expected! I missed a lot of runs because of work and other commitments. And I even missed some runs because I felt too tired, or the weather[…continue reading]



December 31, 2016

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon 2016 Race Report

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This race report may be over two months late, but better late than never! I mentioned in my October Review that I successfully paced the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon. It was quite a relief that it went successfully because I would have felt bad letting down the people who were relying on me to pace. As has been discussed in several monthly updates this summer, I did not have a great training season: I had a number of injuries including my knee, back, and ankle. The ankle injury was particularly debilitating. I guess I was also not quite so motivated. I’m[…continue reading]