Trail Ultra Debut

54 km. 5 hr 4 min. 1,224 m Elev. Gain. Pic: Jodi Gallo. After only a few specific workouts in August followed by decent back to back Time Trials, a 36:08 10 km Sept 12 and a 17:10 5 km Sept 19, it was time to shift gears and get on the trails to prepare for my first ultra. The …

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Running with the Boys, and other Wins from a Lifetime of Firsts

Endurance Tap fuels me

Mike Gill pacing me in our 10 km Time Trial. Picture: Reid Coolsaet. Do you know what I loved doing as a child? Competing. Competing with the boys. Competing with the boys because I could.  I still remember the day my dad asked my sister and I if we wanted to play hockey like our three older brothers. I was …

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Back to School

August 18, 2020 We’re 5 months into this ugly covid19 pandemic and getting a little (or a lot) weary, anxious, tired, bored, discouraged, depressed, sad, …you name it. There are no big races on the calendar, the zooming is getting old but here to stay, and we’re done with the jokes and conversations about sourdough bread, toilet paper, haircuts, hand …

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Krista DuChene on a New Way to Train

I’ve incorporated water activity in my marathon training for nearly as long as I’ve been racing marathons. The first time I went to our local Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre to use the pool was in 2004 when I had my first injury. I had debuted in Niagara Falls in 2002 in 3:28 and completed my second marathon in Ottawa in …

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Gratitude, Admiration and Heroes, by Krista DuChene

May 22, 2020 Gratitude. It helps us through trying times when we can pause and think about how our needs are being met over our wants. We are better when we choose to appreciate all that we do have and that which we are just fine to live without. At the beginning of the pandemic, I posted a daily story …

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Why Milk Stays in the Picture for Krista DuChene

Like millions in Canada, my family and I are now learning how we can make the most of a reduced income because of the pandemic. During these times, it is beneficial to know how wholesome foods like eggs, butter, and milk help us get the most from our nutrient dollar when adhering to a budget. In our home, milk is …

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A Day in the Life

Let me start by saying how different my day must look compared to those of our front-line workers who are bravely and selflessly protecting and helping our community amidst this battle. To the grocery store employees, health care professionals and staff, first responders, delivery drivers, and everyone else who is doing their part to get us through this pandemic, we …

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Adjusting to the New Normal: Life Under COVID-19

Homeschooling So after the “COVID-19 Daily Schedules” came the links to websites and apps for homeschooling. I didn’t have big expectations, but did want the kids to spend some time doing some sort of learning. After lunch we’d sit at our island in the kitchen with our iPad and two laptops, ready to do something productive. But much of our …

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Adjusting to Life at Home with the Kids

Ok, for those of us with kids at home, let’s be honest. Those “COVID-19 Daily Schedules” with perfectly planned stay-at-home activities were never going to work. I’m not saying it wasn’t worth the attempt, but it was never realistic. My youngest and oldest are 5 years apart. My 9-year-old daughter loved the idea, but once my 14-year-old son saw a …

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