Category Archives: Personal stories

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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Loving our bodies: imperfect, good enough, wonderful!

Our bodies, ourselves One of the mysteries of consciousness is the way we perceive ourselves to be the “same” person throughout our lives, despite all the changes that age and experience bring. There is a core “sense of self” that … 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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Eleanor Marjorie Rooks (Blanchard) 1934–2017: from her daughter

My mother passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, after years of struggling with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I’ve included the paragraph below as something of an introduction to my mother. My father and brothers chose not to include … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s collective depression and another hypothermic bike ride

I woke up this morning a little before 6:00, and registered some good things about the day. First, it was already starting to get light out. Secondly, it was a holiday—that meant no traffic noise. Instead, all I could hear … 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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December darkness and a bright New Year 2017

December is over and all the hopes and plans for new beginnings are upon us. For me, December is a time for reflection, and I’ll share some of my thoughts before moving on to January—a time for action! What is … Continue reading

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Summer Nostalgia Part II: too late?

Summer nostalgia in a time of falling leaves In August, Vancouver’s hot sunny days finally came, but I never got around to writing my Summer Nostalgia Part II post. What happened? Well—editing work inconveniently interfered with my play time. I … Continue reading

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Cycling on Doug’s mountain: Athletic camaraderie and mad dogs

  My friend and long-time running partner Doug Alward has a sprawling property on Mount Thom above Chilliwack. A couple of weeks ago, he invited me to come and watch the Olympics with him. (Warning: This is a long post. … Continue reading

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