Archive for September, 2012

Re-finding the love of running

It’s been a tough year for me, running-wise. Which you may have noticed, by the lack of posts about running on this running blog. Winter is not the best time to get lots of running in – and then by March I was down with both sinusitis (which really sapped my energy) and Achilles tendinitis. Both lasted about 6 months (i.e. until August!) – and the only thing I can say is that I am glad that I at least had them both at the same time. It would have really sucked if I just got over one, and then the other started up!

So, this last month, it feels like I am almost starting at square one with my running. Almost. But, I’ve realized, the one important difference between a new runner Read the rest of this entry »

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Training for an ultramarathon: Preparing for a multi-day race (Part 1)

This article about ultramarathon training was originally published in my own blog on January 4, 2010. It’s one of my most popular blog posts ever. I’ll re-run Part 2 (ultramarathon foot care) in a few weeks.

There is a lot to do to prepare for a multi-day running race. There are so many articles out there about various training programs. But, when I headed out to attempt my first multi-day ultra in 2008, I felt that there was so much more that I needed to know beyond the training – and I had trouble finding it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Loire Valley cycling trip: Day 4, La Daguenière to Montjean

Slowly but surely, we are getting our posts and pix up about our cycling trip through France’s Loire Valley! It’s just pretty hard to sit down at the computer and sort through photos, look back at the maps, and write up the posts, when the summer weather has been so good! But we are almost there – here is Day 4 of our 5-day, 220 km trip.

Throughout our whole trip, the weather in France  (in Nice, riding to Monaco, and over the first few days of this trip) had been hot and muggy. But this morning, as we ate breakfast Read the rest of this entry »


Dave and Jackie eat!

I found this random photo of Jackie and I having dinner on top the CN tower after I returned from a trip to Chile for Lifesupport.


We jokingly thought that we should have a blog called ‘Dave and Jackie drinks!’

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Wild Pacific Trail Run, Ucluelet

On our way to Tofino for a paddle carving workshop, Jackie and I stopped to run Ucluelet’s world-class Wild Pacific Trail for a loop of about 15 km.

Wild Pacific Trail!

We got a late start out of Port Alberni which worked in our favour as the fog cleared just as we arrived. Read the rest of this entry »

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