Category Archives: Racing

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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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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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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My luckiest week: cat barf, a disgusting Japanese toilet, and other stories

Last week I was very lucky. I narrowly escaped three disasters. The last one reminded me of something that happened to me once at an Ekiden race in Japan. It also reminded me that there are so many things we … Continue reading

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Summer fun Part 3: Summer 2014 photo blog

The summer of 2014 has been extraordinary. I don’t know if I can convey all the reasons—and not all of them will be exposed here—but with the help of many photos I will try! There were two overriding reasons why this summer … Continue reading

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Sport watches part II: Is there really a coach inside the watch?

I finally broke down and bought my first GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner 10, after 38 years of running successfully (for much of that time at an elite level) with nothing more sophisticated than a Timex chronograph watch. Recently I’ve … 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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Reasons you don’t want to be an elite runner

This post isn’t for everyone. It’s my reaction to what I see as an overly simplified worship of elite athletes in our society, and an obsession with fitness and appearance that goes beyond physical and mental health. I see people … Continue reading

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Running gear: when old and treasured is better than shiny and new

Recently, after another bike ride on the PoCo Trail, I looked at my Nike Air Max running shoes as I took them off and decided they had just taken their last ride. Not only were the “air bags” undoubtedly flat, … Continue reading

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