Category Archives: Psychology

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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Spiritual peace: December 2015

Why am I posting this article now? There was a week in early December when I experienced a rare inner peace. I was bursting to write about it, but the season’s general busyness prevented it. There was no big change in … Continue reading

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Personality types of elite (or fanatical) runners: Do you recognize yourself?

From my years of competing at a national and international level, I’ve concluded that elite runners usually possess one of a few distinct personality types. In addition, they have different motivations for training hard and making it to the top … Continue reading

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Accomplishments and regrets: a note to myself from 2004

An accidental discovery of a note to myself from 2004 A few days ago I was searching for an important piece of paper in a basket I keep in my study for all kinds of wordy scraps that I don’t … Continue reading

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Remembering George Gluppe: Thoughts on lifelong friendship

At this time of year I always think about my lifelong friend and coach, George Gluppe, who passed away on April 21, 2012. This year I am feeling the loss of him from my life more keenly than ever before: … Continue reading

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Focus on the finish line

To be a champion runner, you need two things: talent and focus. Talent is a matter of genetics. Focus is a three-pronged process: The long-term effort of focusing one’s life on the yearly training plan and the day-to-day workouts; The … Continue reading

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Have you found your heart’s desire?

What does this even mean? I remembered the expression “your heart’s desire” from my childhood reading, a book from C.S. Lewis’s beloved Narnia series. In the fifth book of the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the valiant talking mouse Reepicheep … Continue reading

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Bodily integrity, spiritual integrity

I’ve been thinking of what I wrote in a recent post about “my body’s integrity.” I defined this as “the basic confidence that everything is working, that all the parts and systems are functioning together as they should.” I also went … Continue reading

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Sleeping pills and personality change

I had some hesitation about writing a post about my use of sleeping pills; our society continues to stigmatize mental illness and psychological problems. Yet the ways drugs (both recreational and prescription) affect thinking, moods, and behaviour have always fascinated … Continue reading

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Cyclists and depression: Suze Clemitson’s Guardian article offers shocking, articulate insights

Last week I read an article posted in the Guardian blog’s 100Tours100Tales section entitled “Cycling’s longstanding, predictable and troubling relationship with depression”. This article, by Suze Climetson, is about doping and depression in professional cyclists. It focuses on former pro … Continue reading

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