Injury & Year End Reflection


The final month of 2014 didn’t exactly end the way that I wanted it to, but there have been encouraging signs over the past week. My calf injury is now five weeks old and counting. The first few weeks included a bit of denial with thinking that I could turn it around with previous tricks of the … [Read more...]

Injury Woes


Seems as though I can’t catch a break these days. After cracking my nose up pretty good last month, I’ve managed to continue with the injury bug with a messed up calf recently. Training for Arrowhead 135 had actually gone well right up to until a little over a week ago. I’d had some plenty … [Read more...]

Snowshoe Running Tips


Joanne Richard of iRun Magazine interviewed me for her article A New Movement: Snowshoe Running. I also included some tips to help you get ready for the snowshoe running season. You can check out the article here. … [Read more...]

Fallen Leaves, Busted Nose and Porcupine Selfie


Life has been quite busy lately. I just finished a pretty busy period of coaching with many of my clients finishing up their seasons with amazing performances in their goal races; and now rightly taking some down time for a bit. Did I mention how amazing everyone did? Awesome! I also helped to … [Read more...]

Sydenham Fall Trail Run – Results, Photos & Video


Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Sydenham Fall Trail Run today! Conditions were practically perfect for racing. 209 runners completed the course with many running personal best times over the beautiful 8 km route on the Cataraqui Trail. A new course record was established in … [Read more...]

Algonquin Provincial Park Sampler


Algonquin Province Park is an area that Sara and I haven't really explored much for one reason or another. It has the reputation as being one of Ontario's true wilderness treasures, but we haven't spent much time running there. Whenever we are looking to go away for a trail running weekend to run … [Read more...]

Respect Recovery

Derrick Spafford

Rest and recovery is one of the biggest factors overlooked by many ultra runners. By nature we want to put in regular long runs on a daily basis and race crazy distances. The temptation is great to keep pushing, and what sometimes can help us excel by preparing us for races can also lead to injury, … [Read more...]

Reflections on Trans Gaspesia Stage Race


Sometimes races don’t go exactly as you had hoped, but they still end up being pretty damn great experiences. That seemed to be the case with the Trans Gaspesia 7 Day Stage race. I didn’t have a lot of time to train specifically for this race, as it was a fairly last minute opportunity to … [Read more...]

Wakely Dam Ultra

Wakely Dam

The Wakely Dam Ultra is a great race. It’s everything that I like in a summer ultra... a beautiful, technical, point to point, self supported (no aid) 52km run in the Adirondacks. It's a race where once you start, you have to finish as there is no other way to get off the course. This was mine and … [Read more...]

Swiftwick Socks Contest Winner

Swiftwick Toes

Great job by everyone who took part in the Spafford Health and Adventure Swiftwick Socks Contest! We had some amazing photos posted and emailed to us including the following for your viewing pleasure. You'll have to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the winning entry... While all the … [Read more...]