Un-impossible

Remember back in the old-time-y days of May? You know – May; when the sky was blue, and the birds were chirping, and the sun was shining, and the days were long, and the air was warm, and I decided to add something crazy to my Not-So-Bucket-List list? Those were good days, no? Apparently this weekend…

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…

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…

Chasing Deliciousness

In case you were unaware – which I highly doubt given my penchant for talking about running ad nauseam – I’ve been training for a marathon. Specifically the Toronto Goodlife Marathon at the beginning of May. And the Ottawa Marathon at the end of May. And either the Chicago Marathon, or the Toronto Waterfront Marathon…

Because 42.3 Kilometers Would Be Crazy: One More Thing

I just posted a summary of my marathon (here), and almost forgot something of such importance, it would be criminal for me not to mention it. What is so important that it requires another post? you ask. Well, I’m not the only crazy person that decided to run an official race this weekend. And with…

Because 42.3 Kilometers Would Be Crazy

The title of this post is courtesy of some random sign that I saw as I ran the Ottawa Marathon on Sunday (which, by now I’m sure you know is 42.2 km). To be honest, I really wish I had the time to pull out my camera while I was running to take photos. I…