Category Archives: Injuries and Getting Older

The aging athlete: protests and silver linings

I have found that being an athlete over sixty means feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: gratitude, exhilaration, disgust, sadness, sometimes even despair. I wasn’t sure whether to write this post because in public we are always supposed to be … Continue reading

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Books for comfort: Duane’s Depressed, The Last Picture Show, and Machines Like Me

Note: I wrote this post over a month ago—before the time of coronavirus. Maybe it is even more relevant now. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post about books. Ironic, because in the past three months … Continue reading

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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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