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’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,…

Take Two Starts Now

Hey Ottawa, it’s on. That’s right folks, the Ottawa Marathon starts right now. For those of you who might want to follow my progress, you can do so via the super-duper extra-awesome live feed via RunKeeper. If you’re following along, I’ll be the small dot that sort of looks like me. And hopefully if you’re following…

Carbo-Loaded

Today I boarded the train and made my way to Ottawa1 – day one of my Ottawa Marathon weekend. The train ride was great2. I spent the bulk of it working – reviewing and commenting on a report, and prepping notes for a course that I’ll be helping to teach in June – the week…

A Potential Derailing

Today was one of those super fun work days despite also being a holy shit I almost forgot to get lunch because I’m running around doing so many things crazy kind of days1. Fortunately I didn’t forget my lunch. Unfortunately I had to stuff it down my gullet in 15 minutes2. Afterwards, I found myself in…

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…

The Cost Of Running

I’ve often heard that running is one of the cheapest sports because you really only need a pair of good running shoes (~$200 every 500-700 kilometres or so), and that’s about it. Of course, being the nerdy fellow that I am, it got me thinking Is that really all I spend my money on when it…

I’ve Got That Throw-Uppy Feeling Again

You may recall that yesterday I mentioned I’d almost forgotten to register for the Run for Retina Research half marathon. Shocking, I know. Well not to worry folks – I managed to get myself registered between some of the many meetings I had today. As of this very moment, my official list of races includes the Chocolate…

84.4 Is Going To Be Awesome

So today it is official. Today marked the day that I officially registered to run in the Toronto Goodlife Marathon, which is scheduled to start Sunday May 6th at 7:30am. Holy crapshite! That’s just over 60 days away. Yikes! This will be my first marathon of the year. You may recall that one of my…