Category Archives: Injuries and Getting Older

Sixty! Running, struggling, & striving

Completing another decade of my life is sobering! It seems natural to look back on the past ten years and take a reckoning. At fifty I went through a dramatic midlife crisis where too many changes happened at once (but … Continue reading

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The euphoria of evening races: from fleet to faltering

The euphoria of evening races: from the fleet to the faltering Pacific Distance Carnival: June 13, 2019 Last Thursday I celebrated my birthday by going to watch some of the races held at the newly-minted Pacific Distance Carnival at Swanguard … Continue reading

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Burnaby Lake 10K: connecting with the runner I used to be

Labour Day run at Burnaby Lake Summer is the season I love the most, the time I thrive like the roses that are my favourite flowers. In Vancouver the season has changed, and our summer of unprecedented heat and smoke … Continue reading

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Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon 2018

In 2013 I wrote here about my plan to do my own personal mini-triathlon, with a bike  start/finish near my apartment building in downtown Port Moody and the run/swim sections at Sasamat Lake. Since then, I’ve completed this mini-triathlon at … Continue reading

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Still friends, but not neighbours: saying goodbye to Doug Alward

I recently had to say goodbye to one of my close friends. Doug has been a challenging training partner and a loyal friend to me for over 20 years. He has moved to Penticton where his father and many other … Continue reading

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Imagining the future: growing into old age

  I hesitated and actually cringed before typing the words “old age.” There is a big part of me that rebels against even thinking about “the dying of the light.” (This is from Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle … Continue reading

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An anti-inspirational running post

  So much of what we see online is an unrelenting positivity. I like to focus on the positive, too, but sometimes all that cheerleading can be intimidating in the face of life’s more mundane or difficult days. People know … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete on the Buntzen Lake loop

On Victoria Day I met with some of my Phoenix Running Club teammates to run the loop around Buntzen Lake. We gathered in the parking lot at 8:30 on a perfect morning. It was still cool but  the sun promised … Continue reading

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I’ll always be a runner: the quest for self-identity

  Throughout childhood and adolescence we try to figure out “Who am I?” and we answer that question partly by attaching labels to ourselves. Before I became a runner, I identified myself as a bookworm, a writer, an actress, a … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete: bliss on a precipice

In middle age, those of us who still love to run—if we’re blessed with good health and body parts that are holding together—know that we’re not too old to experience physical bliss. I thought of calling it “physical perfection” but … Continue reading

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