Running is as ancient as humanity. It’s more than simply a way to get around; it’s the great metaphor of life itself. It’s not just about the finish line. It’s about the journey. You can run to stay fit or to compete. Either way it’s all about what you learn, and the satisfaction and accomplishments along the way.
It’s a proven fact that running provides obvious cardiovascular and other health benefits. Beyond the physical benefits running provides an enhanced feeling of well being and happiness. It’s a great coping and balancing mechanism to help overcome the effects of stress in our lives.
My Active Lifetime features articles from runners, coaches and health professionals involved in running. We hope to help you get the most from running and from your life.
Sinister 7 – 100 miles/161 Kilometres – 19,000 feet/5,791 metres Vertical Climb – 30 hour time limit. In July 2016 after 2 failed attempts I finally finished this race which truly lives up to it’s Sinister name. More than just a race this was a 2 week trip of epic proportions with my friend Marc. It […]
The year 2016 threw a slight curve my way when the first weekend in May ended up being the 1st of May. A really excellent trail race I love to run called Pick your Poison which is usually a weekend before the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon ended up being the day before the marathon! This […]
The Big Idea A few weeks ago I was cheerfully enjoying the kind of easy running that comes after a long hard season in which I ran 6 ultra trail races. This restful time was soon shattered when my friend Noel Paine posted an idea on Facebook about doing something epic to celebrate his 40th […]
haliburton Forest Race Report The weather on Friday night was picture perfect for running. We pitched our tents taking care to kick the horse poop out of the way. It’s like a tradition and it’s bad luck to not play a little horse soccer. It was like visiting my long lost tribe. Those amazing people who run […]
Growing up in Collingwood, Ontario was like an amazing adventure with so many active things to do. With the ski hill formed by the Niagara Escarpment and it’s huge network of hiking trails, Georgian Bay and all the other opportunities for fitness it was and is a great place to live. So when the North Face […]
With the North Face Gore-tex 50 mile race looming 10 days out I’ve been peaking with my training and moved on to a gradual taper. It’s all about staying fresh and moving from now till the race. The buildup for a trail ultra works like the buildup for any other race except the quantity of […]
Winter running is absolutely essential if a runner has any intentions of competing in events during the spring season. Even if you are not competitive but want to stay fit over the winter with various outdoor activities including running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, you need the appropriate garments! You need to stay warm but not too warm because […]
TRAIL RUNNING DREAM and TRAIL RUNNING WIPPTAL CAMP has come to the end…It’s amazing how 6 days can be a formation of new made incredible friendships..and family…laughter and blazin good times…and memories and pictures to last ongoing…I am sad to leave this group as they all have been amazing and always when I think back to […]
Well I have to start talking about chicken soup because I’ve finally found this is the food I need to run long well. I’m not talking about the the boxed broth with no sodium added gluten free blah blah blah, I’m talking about the kind your granny made you boiling all the fat and marrow […]
The Dirty Girls 12 hour trail race is one of 3 events on the weekend of August 8, 9, 10, 2014, the other two being 24 and 48 hours! The race is located at Mansfield Ontario, Canada at an outdoor recreation centre that features an 8 kilometer forest loop trail with roots, rocks, sand and […]
I recently had the pleasure and honor to spend a full day as a running guide for the amazing blind trail runner Rhonda Marie Avery. If you thought you read that wrong I can assure you she really is a blind trail runner! Rhonda decided to tackle one of the toughest trails in Ontario Canada, […]
On July 5-6, 2014 I set out again to conquer the beast ultra marathon they call Sinister 7. With my successful failure due to hypothermia last year that landed me a medical DNF at 100 kilometers and nearly 14,000 feet vertical climb fresh in mind I approached the race with humility but determination. What I […]
Finished with a smile, and a fat plate of PAELLA!!! Flight back from La Palma..4 hours was a flash as I reminisced with Jan and Vanessa beside about the race we had and yes everything that goes with it.Another TRANSVULCANIA come and gone. I love to sit and feel what went on in a week…once […]
We all have goals and dreams in our lives that we hope to reach. Some of us are more successful at reaching them than others. What makes this so? How are some people able to consistently reach their goals and keep coming back to try again if they don’t? I believe the answer lies in […]
Toronto Marathon The Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon is the premier Toronto race in my books. The route, the organization, the spectators, the entertainment, basically everything is top notch. Of course I admit I’m biased based on the fact that I’m the race director of the Collingwood Half Marathon & 10K, a sister race of this […]
Saturday April 26th I had the pleasure and pain of participating in the Pick your Poison trail race. The race took place at the Heights of Horseshoe at Horseshoe Valley in Ontario, Canada. It’s aptly named Pick your Poison because you can pick 12.5km, 25km or 50km which equals 1, 2 or 4 times around […]
I recently had one of the most intensely difficult, painful, draining yet joyous, moving experiences of my life. On July 6th, 2013 I participated in the Sinister 7 Mountain Trail Race. (www.sinister7.com) It really is sinister and yes you really do feel all those sensations and emotions over it’s 148km distance. As if that distance […]
The Gore-Tex Trans-Alpine Run is an 8 day stage trail race in the Alps, beginning in Germany in Oberstdorf and making it’s way via via Austria into northern Italy. It’s punishing with 13,730 metres of vertical change and 293 km of distance. It is a 2 person team event. Day 1: Well, Team Livin Adventure […]
I had the unusual pleasure of running on thick ice for 12 kilometres on Georgian Bay several weeks ago! It’s normally one of my favorite kayak routes more suited to my 14 foot Necky kayak but lately with a record breaking 90% of the great lakes covered in ice it’s been trail running shoes. The […]
Running can be such sweet joy or agony if our feet are not in a happy place. Choosing the correct shoe for the type of running can be just as important as choosing the correct shoe for your particular physiology. There are millions of opinions about shoes. Currently we are seeing a trend towards minimal […]