Category Archives: Running

Marathon des Sables training

I’d felt intimidated by the thought of the day to day distances in the Marathon des Sables that I’ll face in 3 months time; I was certain I could handle them individually but back to back, day after day of marathons? I wasn’t sure how I’d hold out. I did 14 marathons in 14 cold Canadian days a couple of years ago and whilst I’d finished the task it had certainly taken its toll. I’d felt emotionally beat up by the end of it, I’d had a stress fracture in…

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…

10 Year Anniversary

In early 2006 I was offered a press trip to report on the Colombo Marathon in Sri Lanka. I’d never run a marathon before but I thought I was fit – I used to spend an hour a day in the gym and was a trim 200lbs so reckoned I could handle a marathon (wrong!) – and although I was a self taught journalist I knew enough to understand that you can’t write anything without first experiencing it on your own skin. So I said yes to the invite; Colombo…

An Unlikely Win in Athens

All photos have been kindly provided by George Spyros I went into the Eirindromia 10km race thinking I could maybe get a top 30 finish. It was going to be hot, though, about 25 degrees at 9am, and I could see there were  a good few athletes around me who looked very organised (warming up with purpose, in groups, in luminous running shoes). Then my friend Viktor, who knows many of the top local athletes, started to point to various people and say something like ‘Oh, he’s a strong runner,…

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….

The High Park Race

I woke early, sleep hadn’t been fulfilling and I was still tired. I sleep on a mattress on the floor and today, as on every other day, there were ants on my face, body, and mattress. I could of course just squash them and disinfect the room but when I look at them I see that spark of wonderful life that we all share and I see that for them climbing over my body must be a great endeavour, such an adventure; I am loath to end anything for them….

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…

The Toronto 50k+ – March 2016

Judging by the lack of emails or any other sign of interest that’d come my way last week I knew that attendance at this run was going to be low. It got me thinking as I was eating breakfast on the morning of the run; 50k is well within my ability so if I wasn’t going to be tearing around back and forth, trying to keep everybody together and on track, what could I do to get more out of the run on a personal level? I considered the idea…

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…

Stone Free

Today’s evening run was a fun time. If you’re feeling lucky and wanna run around, to recreate; First get yourself there, anyway you like. Play this on your headphones; Look at these; Nice.