Grit, Grace and Gratitude

Grace and gratitude. These are the two words that continue to come to mind when I think about this morning’s Boston Marathon. It’s equally important that I win with class and humility as I lose with respect and gratitude. At 42 years of age I’m not running to prove anything. I’m quite happy with what I’ve accomplished in my athletic …

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Before Boston, Inside My Head

What’s Inside My Head? “This may be your last opportunity to run a marathon.” This is the first statement I make in my upcoming episode of the CBC Gem Original Series, “Inside an Athlete’s Head”, which I described here. Season 2 premieres on Wed. April 10 on the free CBC Gem streaming service and you can go to Inside an Athlete’s …

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Sensible Lessons

Our family is back into the full swing of things with school, work, music, and sports, keeping me busy in the morning and evening. Fortunately the house is quiet for recovery in the early afternoon when I need it most after training. I’m pacing myself to get the necessary housework, groceries, and other tasks complete and am grateful for the …

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The Return of (Race Mode)

It’s been a wonderful summer, one of my favourites in fact, but eventually all good things must come to and end. September seemed like years ago but is now just around the corner. Sigh. You can read more about my summer cabin life here. It was absolutely everything I hoped it would be. Our family found a good balance between life at …

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Summer Times

  I remember my dad teaching me how to drive the tractor so that he and my siblings could stack the bales of straw on the wagon. It was a welcome change from the scratches you’d get on your forearms and legs from lifting, carrying and placing the heavy bales in the hot sun. At first it was a bit …

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New York Diary

Yesterday, Krista DuChene competed against 8,000 women in New York’s Central Park at the New York Road Runner’s #mini10K. What’s it like to spend a weekend in Krista’s Sauconys? We asked her to keep a diary, and she told us everything—except her finishing time and place, which was 35:50, eighteenth place, and less than 40 seconds behind Des Linden. DuChene …

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Green and Yellow, and a few words on Saskatchewan

Photograph by Bob Holtsman. It’s been a busy spring, emotionally and mentally. The kids had hockey tryouts, swimming, spring soccer, other usual extra curricular activities like music and school sports, and I accepted the position of head coach for my daughter’s rep hockey team. The interviews and podcasts to hear about my third place Boston Marathon finish continued to be, and …

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