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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…

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…

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…

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Founded in 2005 in Chicago, it has now expanded to include stops in Denver and Toronto. Carnival Rides, food vendors, sideshow performers and more add to the atmosphere of this independent music fest and we decided to check it out in Toronto last weekend. The plan was to arrive Saturday afternoon, pick up our wristbands that would be good for the whole weekend and then wander between the 4 stages catching up on acts we…

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…

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…