The slow spiral

September is gone and October is suddenly here. The days have gotten manifestly shorter and slightly cooler and I’ve been eyeing my winter running gear with a little suspicion and loathing, not looking forward to the day when donning and shucking the gear needed to run 5k takes longer than the run itself. Waking up…

Larger than Life

I wanted to take a photo of this statue, of Terry Fox, but struggled for a bit on finding a unique angle. Lots of folks have been to see it in recent weeks, since it was unveiled and getting an original take is a little tricky. In the end, I selected a fairly tame, yet…

Some mornings…

Some mornings you run because you feel guilty about what you ate yesterday or how your clothes fit this morning or because there’s a race coming up and you need to get the mileage in. Some mornings you run because you need to get away from something or because you’re counting calories. And some mornings…

Learning

It doesn’t happen all at once … You become. It takes a long time. – Margery Williams Patience does not come easily to me. I like to work in a flurry of activity and a flood of energy and then collapse into absolute lethargy after. I am not slow and steady by nature. One step…

On Self-pity and determination

I had planned to go on a long run this afternoon. When you have a child, you have to plan such things because if you do not, they will not happen. As the saying goes for diets, exercise and anything else that can be easily sublimated by the whims of others, failure to plan is…

One foot in front of the other

Over the past year or so, John and I have taken up running.  We started in September of 2008, taking a Learn to Run clinic at the Running Room. The clinic was great and the people even better, so we kept at it. I was sidelined for a few months, from November to March, with…