Category Archives: Exercise

The Toronto Academy

I was talking about John Pilger being the only journalist worth anything in the world, with perhaps George Monibot as a distant second, and how there’s really nobody of any substance writing in the USA right now and hadn’t been for some years, all the time looking in on myself and disagreeing – one of the lessons that long distance running teaches one is to recognise the self as made up of several opposing points of view. My body is always telling me to stop, my mind is always urging…

Motivation, and The Playlist

On the loss of my best friend. On the discovery that I was never anything other than a magic doormat, something to wipe their frustrations out on whilst at the same time transporting them places they think they deserved to see. On the resolution to fool myself into thinking I am something other than their reflection of me. On thinking that running around in circles for 24 hours might do the trick… Wow, lucky, talented me. Still, one does what one can, right? Of course, winning the Canadian Championship was…

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my racing this year. The first 6 events, in wildly varying conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail race that I didn’t train for at all, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to set the scene. Firstly, 5km in March in 18:35, over 2…

Yoga in the Park

I really enjoyed our running/walking and yoga session today in High Park. My friend Tim knows the trails well, and afterwards we joined another friend, Pamela, for a yoga session in the water gardens. The gardens so reminded me of those in Moorish Andalucia, beautiful on the eye. It was so relaxing to do yoga there with the sound of the fountains and the occasional peacock calls rising up from the nearby zoo. I thought of doing this as it’s become so clear that I need to do serious work on myself….

If I run fast enough, fancy trying out being a Vegan?

Yesterday I made this social media post; “The weekend of June 11th, 2016 will be the 10 year anniversary of a very special experience for me. It was at that time, in 2006, that I caught a glimpse into the next world and came back determined to enjoy this one more, whilst it lasts. There are 2 things to say about this; firstly, I understand that some fear death but take heart, if my own experience is anything to go by, there is nothing to fear when your time comes….

Guide Running

Today I acted as a guide runner for a blind man, for the first time. I was introduced to the man by Achilles Canada, you can read about that organisation here. I have been feeling for some time that I wanted there to be more to my running than just me trying to run fast or far. So when I heard about this opportunity it sounded perfect. The guy who I was to be guiding, ‘G’, lives about 4km from me so it was an easy jog to his house…

No Work Day

I was running to work today when the phone went and there was a text. ‘No work today.’ An incoming call a few minutes later backed up the news. I felt a little sad first of all. It takes a big effort for me to run to work, in these sub zero conditions. I’d got all wrapped up and in the running mood. And now I had to turn around. Then there was the rejection issue. Work didn’t want me! And I thought of the money I’d loose. Damn. That…

Events in 2016

A shout out to Toronto based athletes. I get free team entries to many sporting events thanks to the Trek and Run website that I edit so I thought it would be good to invite others to take part with me in some races in 2016. My friends Trevor and Tim are already signed up with me, there’s space for others. I’d like for whoever joins us to be interesting and friendly, not just there for the sports but for friendship also. That means we run together outside of the races,…

Summing up the sporty side of Summer

I just finished my last race of the summer, here’s the film of it. It was a 24 hour race so the film is about 15 minutes long and, some might complain, boring in places. That’s intentional. If a film is to give you anything other than a superficial look at any given subject it has to capture something integral to that subject, and boredom is something that features in events like this a lot. Running for 24 hours around the same track, however lovely that track is, is boring!…

Nose Breathing, Pod Casts and Racing Weight

I am so fortunate to have people in my life who give me so much. First there’s my wife, Lamia. She gives me support in my running, and in my attempts to lead a decent life. You need great courage to even try to lead a decent life, and I’m not an island, I can’t do it on my own. She also gave me an MP3 player recently, and I started to use it whilst I run. This has bought about some significant change, due to what I listen to…