September 29, 2014

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Training with “Love” – Jennifer Widerstrom

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I was watching the new season of The Biggest Loser (season 16) a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they’ve changed the trainers. Jillian Michaels is gone. Her demeanor on the show was usually mean or downright hurtful and hateful, so I’m glad to see her go (though, she can be quite insightful outside the show). There are two new trainers: Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom. I don’t know what to think about Jessie yet. He seems like a typical SoCal fitness junkie. But he said his family is in Toronto, which makes him cooler in my books!  [...continue reading]



September 26, 2014

Medical APC at the Ottawa Army Run expo. The image seemed appropriate

Ottawa Race Report Addendum

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I was in a pretty dark mood when I wrote most of my race report for the Ottawa Army Run Half-marathon. But I’m very moved and touched by the supportive comments on the blog post, and on the Facebook and Dailymile shares. I want to thank you for being such good friends.   Many of you reminded me that I didn’t really fail and I was being too hard on myself. It’s quite true! If my goal had been 2:20, I would have celebrated 2:17:54. The grind to the finish line would have been an epic, hard-fought success! Instead, I[...continue reading]



September 25, 2014

Old website layout. Goodbye "Fastfood" theme and diamond metal tile background

New Look!

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After almost 3 years, I’ve decided to give my Blog a little facelift. I have updated the theme, background, and structure, but the content will remain the same. I really liked the “Fastfood” theme by TwoBeers Crew. It looked quite sleek and technological. And I liked how it had dynamic windows and stuff that popped up. But a few people have complained that it was hard to navigate and write comments. So, I ┬átried A LOT of themes but came back to one by TwoBeers Crew. The new theme is called Wallow. It gives me all the features and layout[...continue reading]



September 24, 2014

Fall 2014 Training Plan

Fall 2014 Training Plan

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Who said training was over? Part of me wishes it was… It’s a good thing I wrote most of this before the Army Run! Just because I finished my goal race doesn’t mean training is done! Remember, training for the next race starts at the finish line of the last one! And I still have big plans: CN Tower Stair Climb Niagara Falls Half-Marathon (Pacer) Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon On Sunday, October 19, I’m climbing the CN Tower. This event is pretty personal for me. As might know from reading my About Me page or this post, a[...continue reading]



September 23, 2014

Obligatory patriotic selfie in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Army Run Race Report

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Last weekend I ran the Army Run half-marathon in Ottawa. This didn’t go as I’d planned. I’ve listed a lot of excuses at the end of this post, but the hard truth is that I didn’t before as well as I would have liked. My heart wasn’t in it. I know a lot of people wished me good luck, so I feel like I let a lot of you down. I apologize. I feel quite a bit of shame in my failure. Date Event Goal Time Chip Time Gun Time 2014/09/21 Ottawa Army Run 1:59:59 2:17:54.5 2:37:26.0 But, I want[...continue reading]