Tag Archives: Canada

The Veils of Babel

Flowing shards of fake silk damask trapping insulating, alternating layers of ignorance and fear, enveloping the human world almost entirely. The Veils of Babel, as told of in The Book of Sand, a fluid, shape shifting book without end. A façade of prosperity and righteousness that can be lifted with only the most dedicated effort at intense thought and paradigm shifting (temporary, ever temporary) conclusions. Lush Cosmetics, the company I work for, has an admirable practice of financially supporting community groups and of sending us employees off on paid days…

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….

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…

Fourteen Marathons in fourteen Days

I finished my challenge, and I wrote a long article about it, so rather than repeat it all here, I hope you don’t mind me re-directing you to the article. Here you go - http://trekandrun.com/features/14%20marathon%20challenge.html And here’s a photo of me enjoying a celebratory beer after the 14th marathon.

The Toronto Green Living Show

I’ve been on a proper health kick the past few months. Last year my wife Lamia and I were working on The Photographers Guide so much – almost consistently from April 2014 to January 2015 – that I’d gotten seriously out of shape. It’s fun doing restaurant reviews every day but you do tend to pile on the pounds (unless you’ve a will of iron, which I don’t). When the waiter says, “Here’s another bottle of wine from the manager, he asks, would you mind testing out these 4 desserts please?” it’s…

The 2015 Achilles St Patrick’s Day 5km, Toronto, Canada

Trek and Run were supported during this event by the following; Helly Hansen Salba Chia  Gore Running Wear and Garmin Actions Cameras First of all, here’s a film that I made whilst running to give you an idea of both the course and the atmosphere. I’ve taken part in this 5km once before, in 2014, and had thought it once of the best events I’ve been involved with. The start point, under Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, is exciting, the route seemed to be quite fast and the after party, held in…

-28 zen running, or something like that

This week, my first full week of running in the cold, I’ve managed to get outside 6 days on the trot, and clocked up 60 cross country miles. That’s enough for me. I’ll have to up that, perhaps double it, if I want to do well in my spring and summer races but it’s a sound start. Especially as the weather has been so challenging for a soft Englishman like me. The week started off quite cold then got warmer, about -5 and snowy, but on Wednesday it got to -28…

Urban Herbivore Restaurant (College Street Location) Toronto

Urban Herbivore have three Vegan food outlets in downtown Toronto. We’d been interested in paying them a visit for a while as we were really impressed by their straight talking website (“We do not use food factories or commercial bakeries to prepare our food. We honour a whole-food philosophy so that you receive a quality product without any preservatives, additives, or ingredients you can’t pronounce…”) and by their menu, so last week we paid a visit to the branch at 967 College Street. It’s a large place but you have to…

Winter Running Kit Advice, for a -7 Kinda Day

I did my first gear test today for the running kit that Gore, Teko and Helly Hansen sent me to review for Trek and Run. The TV News Channel here had issued a severe weather warning and told people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, and I’m not usually so gung ho as to ignore such advice, at least not now I’m older, but I’d had it in my head that today was the day to run (I’ve been a little injured all week so I was looking forward to…

Fuel Plus, Toronto, Canada

     If I lived in Toronto and worked in the downtown area, I’d make Fuel Plus a regular brunch or lunch stop and if you’re in town for a short time and only have chance for one lunch stop this is the place to come. Their food is great, the staff are friendly, they source most of their food locally, they sell nutrition products geared towards runners such as myself as well as regular food and also there’s a superb lack of marketing nonsense in the air, which I personally…