February 27, 2015

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Chilly Goals

On Sunday I will be running the Chilly Half-Marathon in Burlington as the 2:20 run-walk (r/w) pace bunny. This will be the 4th year in a row I’ve run this race, and my second time pacing it.   I volunteered to be a pacer at this race for a few reasons. My true goal for the season is the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. It’s the first serious full-marathon I’ve done in almost 3 years. Rather than risk going too hard and scuppering a month of training, I thought pacing at a challenging but comfortable range would be safer. I won’t[…continue reading]



February 23, 2015

Injury and Getting Old

I know it’s deeply ironic that I say I feel like I’m getting old, especially since I just turned 30 and I’m well aware that everyone who reads this site (except perhaps Lisa) is older than me. But, I can’t help but feel like I’ve gotten more fragile since that decade milestone.  At the end of 2014, I suffered a shoulder injury that made it hard to run or lift weights. In fact, everyday mundane tasks like driving and opening doors was rather painful for a few weeks.  Then, I got the calf injury in January which I wrote about[…continue reading]



February 16, 2015

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I get to…

I saw this on Tumblr the other day and I found it really profound. I thought it would be appropriate to share as a “Motivation Monday” post.                 A good friend of mine, Kat Von D, said this to me once. I was really tired – and this was in the last record cycle. And I was like “Man, I’ve got to get up and do three interviews today. I have to go do this performance on the BBC, and then I have to go do a show. ” And she goes, “Yeah,[…continue reading]



February 11, 2015

Ryad at the end of the Yukon Arctic Marathon (from his Facebook page) (used with permission)

Ryad Ali runs the Yukon Arctic Marathon!

It is my pleasure to share with you the story of my good running friend Ryad Ali. I met Ryad a little over a year ago at my local Running Room. He started in Learn To Run but has quickly improved to being a marathoner, having completed the Hamilton Marathon last fall. He has also lost over 115 pounds in less than a year! That alone shows incredible dedication and motivation!  Sometimes I worry that Ryad pushes too hard and too fast, but it’s hard to discourage someone with so much motivation. A few months ago, Ryad told us all about[…continue reading]



February 9, 2015

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Summer Bodies are made in the Winter

It has been a while since I published a Motivation Monday post. But, getting back into the gym has inspired me to want to get my body in shape. And, the cold, wind, ice, snow, and darkness that we’ve been enjoying this Canadian winter don’t exactly inspire. So, I remind myself of the cliché: Summer bodies are made in the winter! (though, some some may also say “Summer bodies are earned in the winter!“)   And the earworm you never knew you needed… And the first person to complain it’s too hot when summer comes buys ice cream!!