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The Reluctant Runner
A reluctant runner who has (begrudgingly) come to love the sport.
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“Feet on ground. Heart in hands."-- Jann Arden When the song "Good Mother" popped up on my iPod, somewhere around kilometre 12 of my 23K run this morning, it got me thinking about my own mother. Though she is not... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at Just One Marathon
I’m a good wife. So when The Runner I Married settled down in front of the television recently to watch his beloved Toronto Blue Jays trounce the Boston Red Sox (he only likes to watch if they win), I joined... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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“My work self is suffocating my life me.”—Liz Lemon to hallucinatory Oprah on 30 Rock You’re just going to have to trust me when I tell you that I have composed some incredible blogs in the past couple of months.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Just One Marathon
I’m a bit run down, but I’m okay. I just feel like calling it a day. But you send me back to the start. You drive a hard bargain. -- Ron Sexsmith, Hard Bargain. For almost a year now, I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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Sometimes I really question my decision-making skills. Like today, I was trying to decide whether to run at lunch. In my head, I made a list of “reasons to run” and “reasons not to run”. It went something like this.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Just One Marathon
And although there's pain in my chest I still wish you the best with a... Forget you! Since the Boston Athletic Association announced its new qualifying rules and times a couple of weeks ago*, I’ve felt a few different emotions,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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When I first had kids, I thought my primary job would be to guide and shape my children’s character so that I could send them out into the world as happy, productive and caring individuals. Hah. Both my boys were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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Looking back on this blog, I notice that every January or February, I write a post about how sick and tired I am of winter running. Some people might call that repetitive. I call it a tradition. Here is this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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I’m not afraid to say it: lately, I hate my Garmin. Blame poor design, a failing battery or cold-weather limitations, but when you really come down to it, my Garmin has been letting me down. And I’ve been making excuses.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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If you’ve seen me on my long runs recently, you might have a hard time believing I ran a marathon just three and a half months ago. Afterwards, I slacked off in a major way, often running only once or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Just One Marathon
I’ve made it my goal to run to work once a week, as I prepare for Around the Bay. While I can’t say that I’m overjoyed at the idea of waking up early in the dead of winter and dragging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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A few years back, I was doing an evening run with a local group. Shortly after we started, one of my running buddies glanced at a group who had surged quickly ahead. She said contemptuously, “I thought this was supposed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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Two days. Two good runs. Two demoralizing experiences. Here’s how it all went down. Tuesday: Are You Talkin' to Me? I decided to check out an indoor track near our house. It’s a 400 metre track inside one of those... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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So I’m explaining to my teen-aged boys that I’ve listed the highlights (and possibly the low points) of my running year on my blog. I mention that running the half-marathon with my 16-year old was one of the high points.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Just One Marathon
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First of all, the hiatus (or sabbatical?) is over. I’ve registered for the Around the Bay 30K race in Hamilton on March 27th. And that’s got me running again, inspired by that great, tried-and-true motivator – fear. Second, I’m not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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… and also running. In real life, I haven’t written a post since recounting my tale of woe from the Wineglass Marathon in October. Since then, I’ve stopped sighing. Mostly. Unfortunately, I’ve also stopped running for the last three weeks.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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Bonk: The feeling of weakness caused in a drop in blood sugar during extended physical activity. Also know as 'the sags', 'the knock' and “hitting the wall'. Executive Summary Trained smart, ran dumb, finished in 4:17. Never want to run... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Just One Marathon
Twelve hours from now, I’ll know what kind of marathon I’m going to run. It’ll be approximately 90 minutes after the start of the race, and by then I’ll be learning if I was right or wrong to try to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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“…the taper may seem to bring on injuries. You may develop all kinds of minor aches and pains, or feel sluggish and irritable as the race approaches. You train less but worry more.” -- The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, Bob Glover... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies …” High Flight, John Gillespie Magee Jr. Every time I stand at the start line of a race, I feel the same way: grateful. Surrounded by other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., I’ll be at the start line for the Canada Army Run here in Ottawa – one last 5K speed-test before the marathon. I’m not sure what to expect. On Canada Day, I completed a 5K... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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“We will remember this moment.” That’s what I told my sister on Sunday morning, at the three-quarter mark of a 33K training run along the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario. The run had started almost 3 hours earlier, at my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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Headline: “Beijing has been on a manners kick for the last few years, but on the hottest summer days, there is no stopping men of all ages and shapes from rolling up their shirts and exposing their tummies.” What do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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This Labour Day weekend, I’ll be in Toronto for a wedding, a bar mitzvah and, possibly, a 32K run. On Sunday, it will be four weeks until race weekend – the ideal time to peak in mileage during this marathon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Just One Marathon
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Since I started training for the marathon last May, it’s safe to say that things have gone from bad to worse. My pace has been slower for each run, and even more significantly, I’ve been feeling just terrible. That’s pretty... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Just One Marathon