The DNS Weekend

A few months ago I signed up for two running events.  At the time training had gone well until the events of May 9th.  I had to miss both events due to my back.  In running 'DNS' means 'Did Not Start'.  While I feel better enough to begin simple housework, I don't feel better enough … Continue reading The DNS Weekend

Trek for Tourette’s Race Recap

Let's begin with the end in mind. I crossed the finish line, let out a big whoop, and hugged a former clinic participant who crossed the line before me.  It was her first timed race, and her enthusiasm spread to me.  It's more than just a time.  I crossed that line and felt like I … Continue reading Trek for Tourette’s Race Recap

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Legs

On Sunday my group and I had beautiful weather, the sidewalks largely alright despite some icy patches. Monday brought snow courtesy of a front closing parts of Manitoba,Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  Environment Canada called it a 'heavy snow fall warning.' While the wind largely died down in the evening, the ice found itself covered in loosely … Continue reading Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Legs

Putting Goals into Play

I set up my 'Goals for 2013' page as a way to set some ideas down.  The next step is make them happen.  Over monthly brunch on Sunday, E remarked how she's tired of scarves, boots, and jackets.  She articulated what I felt lately.  My friend R smartly replied we just have to hang on … Continue reading Putting Goals into Play

Yes, I Ran. Yes, It Was Cold.

Seriously, the warm thought machine felt a little stuck.  Yesterday, I ran with the Learn to Run clinic participants, or those hardy souls willing to come out during -26 with windchill.  It felt colder than that, and I wore pretty good layers.   The edges of my hair turned frosty, and my glasses fogged up a few … Continue reading Yes, I Ran. Yes, It Was Cold.

A Holiday to Recover From My Holiday

My last day of work before Christmas break was December 21st.  I returned January 2.  In between family, friends, and holiday eating I felt like the 'break' was really a 'blink'.  (As in 'a blink of an eye.)  On Friday most people around the college remarked on feeling tired, while quite a few picked up … Continue reading A Holiday to Recover From My Holiday

The Journey of the Unlikely Clinic Instructor Continues

Last week I returned from my running clinic with a bounce in my step.  I put my key into the door and had an epiphany: My sense of fun started to come back. I met a lot of people fixated on speed.  One got on my case for running the same pace all the time.  … Continue reading The Journey of the Unlikely Clinic Instructor Continues

Getting The First Week Down

Last week I began the leading the Learn to Run clinic at The Running Room.  Like any new endeavour, I pretty much bounced off the wall until the first session, then settled down.  Today I took a small group out for the Sunday runs.  One set of members, a married couple, even brought a jogging … Continue reading Getting The First Week Down

The Unlikely Clinic Leader

One of my happy places, and I have a mental library full of them, comes from this photo: The woman who took the picture was from BC and simply turned around, whipped out her camera, and captured this moment.  The road to the life I live now started to fork in that moment.  A couple of … Continue reading The Unlikely Clinic Leader

A Loop, An Inner Dialogue, and a Song

I nearly didn't go out today.  My alarm went off, I got up, and made tea and toast for breakfast.  All the while my mind debated between the voice wanting a leisurely morning and the other wanting to do my 6 K long run.  Between the two yapping voices, while I enjoyed my toast with … Continue reading A Loop, An Inner Dialogue, and a Song