Race reports from many years of running marathons, overnight relays and other races plus a few things I learned along the way.
I have to confess that I am kind of an old school runner. I don’t do colour runs, or foam runs or other strange runs. I like my runs correctly measured (5K is 5K not 4.8K or 5.1K), with accurate timing and a well-marked course. I have two sisters and they suggested doing the BougeContinue reading “2020 Bouge Bouge Ottawa Race Report”
This was the first year for the Marathon du P’tit Tran du Nord. They had a marathon and a half marathon distance both of which had relatively small field caps, 1200 for the marathon and 800 for the half. The races sold out very quickly. Both races are run completely on the P’tit tran duContinue reading “Marathon du P’tit Tran du Nord Race Report”
Boston 2 Big Sur race report – Its all James’ fault A few months ago, over a beer, after a workout, James pointed out that this year the Boston Marathon and the Big Sur Marathon are 13 days apart rather than 6. He suggested that based on that and the fact that we were runningContinue reading “Boston2Big Sur Marathon(s) Report”
The 2017 World Snowshoe Championships were held this weekend in Saranac Lake New York. I have been snowshoe running for a few years at Mad Trapper events but this was my first really big Snowshoe Running event. The race was originally supposed to start in downtown Saranac Lake right in front of the town hall.Continue reading “2017 World Snowshoe Championships Race Report”
I took a bunch of years off but I started my running journey as a high school cross country runner in New Brunswick many, many years ago. I actually ran at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Ottawa in 1977 (I think we ran on a golf course somewhere), Stanley Park, Vancouver in 1978 andContinue reading “2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships Race Report”
The short version: A well run event on a scenic course and we had great weather. This course has the potential to be a PB run but you need to train specifically for the downhill section. The long version: After doing IM Mont Tremblant in August a fall marathon was not really an ideal planContinue reading “Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon Race Report”
I would not call myself an expert but here are a few lessons learned from the Kentucky Bourbon Chase (200 miles with 9 runners race report here) and the Peak 2 Brew (236 miles with 12 runners race report here ). 1. Have a designated driver for each van. It’s not required by the racesContinue reading “Tips for Running an Overnight Relay Race”
Peak to Brew is a 238 mile (383km), 48 stage relay which starts at the top of Mount Whiteface just outside Lake Placid and ends at the Saranac Brewery in Utica New York. Teams can enter with 12 runners and two vans which leap frog each other or they can enter as an ultra teamContinue reading “2016 Peak to Brew Relay Race Report”
The short version: Great event, really hot day! The long version: It has been that kind of spring… a month ago Ottawa Race Weekend was so hot they had to change the start times and two weeks ago Rideau lakes Cycle Tour was so cold, windy and wet I rode in a raincoat, hat, fullContinue reading “Ironman 70.3 Mt. Tremblant 2016 Race Report”
The Race This race was named in memory of Émilie Mondor, the first Canadian woman to run a sub-15:00 5K and a member of Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics. Originally from Mascouche, Quebec, she was living in Ottawa training for the marathon when she died in a car accident in the fall of 2006.Continue reading “Emilie’s Run 2016 Race Report”
Thinking of running outdoors this winter? Here is some basic advice to help you stay as warm and comfortable as possible. What to wear? Layers, layers, layers… several thin layers are better than one thick one. NO COTTON – cotton clothing absorbs sweat so you get cold and damp from the inside out. High tech syntheticContinue reading “Winter Running Basics”
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