Category Archives: Injuries and Getting Older

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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Getting older: Crunch time

At first I was going to call this post “Getting Old,” but that was too blunt. I couldn’t accept it. Soon I will have another birthday and it will be #57. I’m sure that for a long time, I would … Continue reading

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Running with flair

  What do I mean by “running with flair”? I’m talking about what a runner in superb condition can do on a good day. I’m talking about the times when an athlete not only runs fast, but does so with … Continue reading

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Pretending to run like a kid on the soccer field

My arthritic knee was more cooperative than usual in September and October. I even managed to do two or three “real” workouts with my Phoenix club in Mundy Park. Those times are rare for me now; it’s a kind of ecstasy … Continue reading

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Getting rich from running again?

Encouraging words from a young barista This morning I walked into my neighbourhood Starbucks at 6:31 a.m. I was surely the first person there since they don’t open until 6:30 on Sundays. The baristas there all know me. I’m that skinny … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete part 3: Purging a super-sized burrito and an evil margarita

Road trip day: Heading south to Brooks HQ in Seattle On Friday I got to go on a road trip to Seattle with a group of my Running Room co-workers from several of the Vancouver-area stores. Our object: to visit … Continue reading

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20-minute cardio workouts on the soccer field

During this busy holiday season, I thought it was a perfect time to encourage people to keep up their workouts in spite of the multiple demands of work, family, shopping, decorating, and partying. Plus we all know that working out … Continue reading

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