I'm a runner who has progressed from wondering who all those idiots are jogging along the road to completing eight half-marathons and embracing chocolate milk as a recovery drink. I'm a middle-of-the-packer who shares info about running in Victoria, and beyond.
There are three types of recreational runners. Well, may be four. The first is what I call the serious speedsters. Not just fast or seriously fast, but very serious about their running and training.. . .
At Kilometer 39, the Neil Diamond song Cracklin’ Rosie filled my ears. I glanced down at my left forearm where the words Strong Momma were written just above my watch that was displaying my pace and. . .
If you are a runner, you’ve thought about pain. Experienced pain. And medicated pain (Vitamin I anyone? Or do you prefer wine?) The longer I run, and the longer my runs, I'm trying to think of pain . . .
I lift my chin up to catch the lightly falling rain fully on my face as I jog the last 50 metres to my house, throwing my arms high and wide in an exclamation of sorts. It’s the cusp of September, . . .
Two and a half weeks into the marathon training clinic and I already have a nugget of wisdom. This is hard work. And the hard work hasn’t even started yet. Dozens of people cram into the Vancouver . . .
Can anyone run a marathon? You might be surprised at the variety of shapes, sizes and ages of people who cross the finish line. Since the sport of distance running half and full marathons took off . . .
Wasn’t that a party! The TC 10K weekend has wrapped up for another year. The clinics and training, either official or half-hearted, led thousands of people to the start line of the 10K downtown or . . .
To those of you in awe of anyone who trains for and completes a marathon without ending up in a medical tent, let me set you straight – any race is worthy of respect. Many people train damn hard to . . .
How can a person go from marathon to slothdom so quickly? You won’t find slothdom in a dictionary, although it should be. It’s rich in imagery – a comfortable couch, white wine and scotch, homemade . . .
What are the best books on running? Lord knows I’ve read a few. I’ll review some of my favourites and tell you if they helped my running, or not, and why. Running books? Oh, I've read a few.... ---. . .
Early into my novice marathon training, I’ve already broken a fundamental rule: Don’t attempt a marathon if you’ve been recently injured. Well, duh. Of course I’m injured. I’m a runner. You know –. . .
How can I learn to run happy, even faster, and for many, many more years? Apparently, be like a cool baboon. This might seem like an odd mantra to adopt for marathon training, but if it works for a . . .
A middleaged, busy mom's attempt to run her first marathon in New York in November. I have found two sisters - twins Madge and Mary - who coach runners online. Being mortal and needing all the help. . .
Five top reasons to sign up for the Victoria Goddess Run. With only one month until the Victoria Goddess weekend of events, it’s time to put down that glass of wine (temporarily) and consider why . . .
The TC 10K wouldn’t be what it is without the thousands who become a jostling mass of humanity – people all sizes, shapes, ages and abilities who race, jog, walk and limp through Victoria’s streets.. . .
It has been 32 years since an over-weight, chain-smoking office dweller would run before dawn because he was too embarrassed to be seen huffing and puffing around the neighbourhood. Today that same . . .
To the uninitiated, the thousands who attempt the Goodlife Fitness Victoria marathon or half marathon must seem crazy, perhaps unhinged by the months of training and too-tight lycra. But for every . . .
How do you train for a marathon if you can't run? Funny that you should ask. Welcome to my roller coaster of optimism and anguish. After publicly committing to running my first marathon in New York . . .
Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone. Especially don’t tell my legs. I’ve signed up for my first marathon, in fact one of the most famous marathons in the world – the New York City marathon in November. I’m . . .
I’m a sinner, I’ll admit it. I’ve shown up for the Victoria Goddess Run half-marathon having violated the golden rules for success. Well-rested? Nope, a week of insomnia. Well-trained? Negative – a . . .
Have you ever noticed that it seems to take longer the first time you travel somewhere, but the same route home seems shorter. That, and the fact I don’t want any ugly surprises, means I drove out . . .
I was so prepared for the longest run of the training clinic – 21K – that I was actually looking forward to it. I went through my get-ready list in my head. Plot a route. Check. Carbo-load on Girl . . .
The day after we arrived in Honolulu, my husband spied in the newspaper a local 10K race. With him being a cyclist, the fact that the event also featured 35K, 75K and 100K bike rides made us both . . .