Needle Phobia

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Needles....I hate them! I guess my needle phobia dates back to when I was a kid. I used to run around the farm a lot and remember stepping on a bone that our dog had been chewing. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but it wasn’t long after that I got a plantar wart on the bottom of my … [Read more...]

Top 10 Concerns about Ottawa 12/24hr Indoor Track Race

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Well, it’s been a couple of months since I injured my ankle. Things are certainly improving, however I still am not able to run on trails for very long before it starts barking again. With being at Haliburton this past weekend and seeing all the great races, I’ve been thinking a lot about … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of Adventure

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I’m very disappointed to admit it, but it looks like I won’t be running Haliburton this year. I had signed up for the 100 miler, but with my achilles injury, and more recently my ankle injury, it just doesn’t look like it will be possible. Both are improving slowly as I’m able to run on flat … [Read more...]

Depot Creek Nature Reserve

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Sometimes road running isn’t so bad. As a passionate trail runner, I can’t believe that I’m saying that, but sometimes good things do happen from running on the roads. This summer has been a real challenge for me with injury. First my achilles, and then a bad ankle sprain. I have been … [Read more...]

Wakely Dam Ultra – Race Report

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The Wakely Dam Ultra is a 55km point to point race that takes place on the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondacks. What makes this race so unique is that there are no crossroads or aid stations along the way. A true backcountry race that once you start on the trail, you essentially have no … [Read more...]

Injury Issues

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Injuries kind of suck! Ok, actually, for a runner who enjoys his daily jaunts through the trails, they really suck! I’ve run through a lot of nasty injuries to keep my daily running streak alive. In recent years the injury that keeps reminding me it’s there has been my right achilles tendon. … [Read more...]

Trails: Linda’s Loop

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Last week I heard about a new trail that really piqued my interest. I am a member of the Frontenac Trails Advisory Committee, and one of the members told me about a trail loop I’d never heard of near Coxvale called Linda’s Loop. Whenever I find out about a new trail, I get a little obsessed … [Read more...]

Race Updates

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The past month has been a good mix of some decent training and also my first race since Yukon Arctic Ultra. Race you say? Well, yeah sort of. Sara and I had heard about the Beachburg Spring Chicken 50km. The race was primarily a mountain bike race, but had opened it up to trail runners for the … [Read more...]

Spring in my step (or lack of)

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Spring is here, But it is clear, It’s still too soon, To run shirtless I fear! - A spring running poem by Derrick Spafford (ok, I never said I was a good poet!). From a guy who loves winter running and races, it feels a little strange to be admitting enjoying this recent stretch of … [Read more...]

Dion Snowshoe Fun!

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In case you're missing the snow already where you live, here's a fun video featuring Dion Snowshoes that the fine folks at Natural Fitness Labs put together. Enjoy! Can't wait for the snow to fly again! … [Read more...]