Category Archives: Running

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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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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Memorabilia from the 1932 Olympics: Photo blog

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about keeping artifacts in a digital age. (Read here.) I thought about this because an old running friend of mine, Ross Patterson, recently mailed me three old documents from Toronto. His … 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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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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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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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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