New Year New Goals

If you’ve been reading along over the past week or so, you’re probably not going to find the topic of today’s post all that shocking. It’s time to set some goals for the new year; specifically some fitness goals1. First and foremost I have to get back to my regular running self. I miss running….

Taking A Break

So apparently I’ve been working steady since about 7:30 this morning. How it’s now after 11 pm is beyond me. I remember getting home around 5:30, having some food, rubbing Elliot’s belly, and then plopping myself in front of my trusty laptop to continue working on a grant application1, and one of three other draft…

Suck It Up Buttercup

Several months ago, after thinking about how much running I had been doing this year, and after sitting down and tabulating all of the running that I had been doing this year, I came up with the idea that I should be doing even more running this year. Profound, no? Anyway, way back in the…

Why I Should Always Ignore The Voice In My Head

Today I woke up very, very dehydrated. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the beer I had last night. I’m sure it also had nothing to do with the scotch I had before bed. As I said, I woke up very dehydrated. I also woke up knowing that I had to go for…

Why Talk To Action Makes Me Throw-Uppy

I think I might throw up. But in a good way. I just did something really, really, really awesome. Or perhaps really, really, really stupid. Only time will tell. What have you done now, Gillis? Well, dear readers, I’ve gone and registered myself for the Goofy Marathon and a Half – scheduled for the weekend…

I’m Considering Something Stupid

Or Goofy. Either way, I’m sure it’s a bad idea. Or the most amazing idea in the history of ideas. But I’m getting ahead of myself. A while back – perhaps some time last year – I was introduced to the Goofy Race at Disney World in Florida by my friend Carolyn. The idea –…

I’ve Got The Runs

If you’ve been following this blog you’ll already know that I am a runner of sorts. You’ll also know that I like to give myself rather crazy challenges. For example, I decided that this year I needed to enter and run in 12 different races. I also decided that I needed to run 2 marathons in a…

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

And just like that, I’m on the train heading back to Guelph. The weekend was a giant big ole bag of amazing. I love Ottawa and I’m definitely going to miss it (as I always do whenever I leave). I’m also going to miss hanging out with Mark, my friend and fellow marathoner1. Without him,…

A New Goal

Yesterday while running something crossed my mind. Specifically, I thought wow, I’ve run a lot of half marathons this year. And then I wondered how many half marathons have I run? More specifically, how many runs have I completed that are longer than 21.1 kilometers? After that, of course, I wondered would I be able…

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…

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…

Feeling Pumped Up And Throw-Uppy – Is That Legal?

During a short break between crossing off items 18 and 19 on my list of things to do today1, I decided to book my hotel for my first marathon of the season2. This just so happened to be item 20 on my list3. However, before I booked I wanted to check to see if there…

A Surprising Number Of Nice Bums

And just like that, race 2 of the 5 races I had registered to run between March and May is over. W00t! Today’s run, as most of you are likely aware1, was the Run for Retina Research Half Marathon in London, Ontario. A huge thank you to all of those who donated. You helped me raise…