All It Takes Is Pie

Today I headed to Cape Croker – just north of Wiarton, Ontario – with two undergraduate students, two graduate students, and one Post Doctoral Fellow. This band of misfits included 3 biology students (1 who is transitioning from biology to statistics), 1 computer science student, and 1 engineer. Oh, and me – a card-carrying PhD…

A Double Badge Of Honour

I’ve said this before, I’ll say it now, and I’m sure I’ll say it again – running, so not glamourous.  Before reading further let me warn you, what you are about to read may be nauseating. It may make you squirm. It may make you pale or perhaps, for those with extra weak constitutions, give you…

Equations And Sevens! Equations And Sevens For Sale! Fifty Percent Off.

Several months ago I received an email from Susan Bubak, a contributor to the University of Guelph alumni & friends magazine known simply as The Portico1. She wanted to know if she could come chat with me for a piece in the magazine. My first thoughts were Me? Seriously? You must have me mistaken with some other…

Hey Mama

In the event that you’ve somehow forgotten, today is Mother’s Day. For those of you that have forgotten and have a mom that should be called, I suggest that you get on the horn and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. You’ve got a few minutes left before you’re in the ‘bad’ or ‘neglectful child’…

The Wild Rumpus Never Ends

I found out yesterday that Maurice Sendak – author of the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are – died on Tuesday May 8, 2012. To say that Where the Wild Things Are was/is/will always be one of my favourite books would be an understatement. It would also be a disservice to the masterpiece that I discovered when…

I Wanna Run

The countdown to marathon number 2 for the year continues. As I write this, the challenge of running 42.2km through the streets of Ottawa is slightly more than 15 days away. On one hand this seems like a very short period of time. On the other, 15 days feel almost like an eternity. Weird. My…

Furniture For My Face

Almost a week ago I put forth a question to you, my dear readers, to garner your opinions on new peeper improvers (read glasses). The verdict – 33% of you decided that I should go with peeper improver number 4. Flash forward to a few days ago. At that point in time you would have found…

Running With My Tweeps

Okay, I know I write about running a lot, and at some point I’ll return to my other nerdier pursuits1, but I needed to write this particular post for several reasons. Reason the first: I wanted a place to keep all of the messages that I received during the Toronto Goodlife Marathon on Sunday (posted…

Oh Right, There’s Still That Thing That I Need To Do

Remember long ago when I ran a 3:48 marathon? Ya, that seems almost like yesterday – or perhaps the day before that. Anyway, because I had such an awesome time, and because I’m clearly a glutton for punishment, I can’t sit around and glow in the awesome-tastic results of Sunday’s marathon. Of course, that doesn’t…

So. Freaking. Amazing.

Yesterday was the big day – the Toronto Goodlife Marathon. For those of you who follow me on the Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know the results. For those of you that don’t, let me just put it this way: Can’t stop smiling. Honestly, that run went better than I had assumed it would. Far…

I’ve Got This

Today is the big day! Today I run 42.2 kilometres in the Toronto Goodlife Marathon. In fact, if it’s after 7:30am when you’re reading this, I’m already running. Eep! This marathon marks the first of three that I have planned to complete this year. To say that I’m nervous and excited and just a little bit…

I Don’t Actually Want To Take Over A Small Country…

I just want to feel as if I could. 🙂 I’m currently on the train headed to Toronto. For those who normally take the bus, let me just tell you that travelling by train is far more civilized. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive, but for the extra cost you get more leg room, free wifi,…

Suck It Up Princess

This week has been my taper week. By taper, I mean that I’ve reduced my physical activity to what seems to be nothing. I’ve walked, and bounced, and I’ve stretched, and stretched some more. But I have not run. I’ve wanted to. Oh how I’ve wanted to. Especially with the weather we’ve had. And seeing other people…

Short And Stout, Handle And Spout

Pssst. Hey you there, come here. Closer. Closer still. I have a secret to tell you. Shhhh – It’s just between you and me. Are you ready for it? Okay, here goes: I love Guelph. True story – I really do. And if you are fortunate enough to live here, you likely get it. Guelph…

Let’s Bounce!

Some of you on the Twitter or the Facebook will already be aware that I tried something new the other day. And amazingly, the new something wasn’t even something that I had listed on my Not-So-Bucket-List list1. I was, however, introduced to this new something by my friend Amanda. What was this new thing? In…