October 15, 2014

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New Clinic Starts November 11

I’m eager and excited to announce that I’ll be leading another clinic at the Square One Running Room. It’s an 18 week half-marathon clinic with the Chilly Half-Marathon as its goal race.     Get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions and start training in November! A clinic is a great way to stay motivated, make new friends, learn about running and fitness, get healthy, and work towards a goal! This will be my 3rd time teaching this clinic. I’ve also taught 2 full-marathon clinics and another half-marathon clinic. I have been impressed by the training wisdom of Dr.[...continue reading]



October 24, 2014

DNS Niagara Half

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It is with regret that I have withdrawn from the Niagara Falls Half-Marathon. As I mentioned here and here, I was going to be the 2:30 pacer. Unfortunately, I’ve been hit hard with an illness since Wednesday and made the fateful decision to withdraw this morning. On Wednesday night I spiked a huge fever and had some severe digestive distress. I’m pretty sure it’s not ebola, but whatever bug I’ve caught is very uncomfortable. It’s been a miserable change of pace for me to be essentially bedridden (except for hourly runs to the bathroom).  I’ve been feeling dizzy, weak, and[...continue reading]



October 22, 2014

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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and a Photoshop Fail

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I recently ‘liked‘ Canadian CrossFit athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. You can ‘like‘ her too on facebook, follow her on twitter, see her videos on youtube, or read her BNS profile. Her fame recently exploded as she won the 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games and earned the title of “Fittest Woman in the World“. (I definitely put “Fittest” in quotes. She is incredibly fit, and I’m sure she deserves the title of greatest CrossFit athlete. But, I don’t agree that CrossFit’s definition the 10 elements or components of fitness. CrossFit makes you good at CrossFit, not necessarily other things. Actually, there are a lot of things I[...continue reading]



October 20, 2014

My collection of pacer signs

Niagara Half-Marathon Goals

Before anything else, I’d like to congratulate everyone that ran events as part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It’s a great big event, and so many of you were out there as a part of it! Congratulations!! I feel a little bittersweet about not running it this year. I  broke a streak! My first half-marathon was Scotia in 2010, then I ran the full in 2011, I paced the full in 2012, and I completed the set by running the 5k last year. This year, nothing! But, discretion was probably the better part of valor this year. On Sunday,[...continue reading]



October 17, 2014

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The Rebound

I came into this interseason period with a burning feeling of failure and anger. Time and reassuring words from many dear running friends has help soothe my sore feelings after the Ottawa Army Run didn’t go as well as planned. And a little reality check has helped me refocus. I’ve had a lot off time to think about what happened at Ottawa. I don’t think I was physically ready to do the half in under 2 hours, but I could have been closer than what happened. In addition to the plethora of excuses I laid bare in that post, I[...continue reading]