Well, now that I have new shoes and it’s warm out, I’m all about the running. It probably helps that I’ve also signed up for two races in February: The Brain Freeze (a 10-km) and The Hypothermic Half (half marathon, 21-km). Both of them are in February and it is likely that they will be COLD, hence the names. While the idea of getting hypothermia doesn’t particularly excite me, it’s a good way to keep motivated through the winter! This morning I went out with my dog and had a really nice run. It was a balmy -8C and some … Keep reading

Happy New Year to all!

Right. So it’s been a while since I’ve updated. It’s also been a while since I have trained. My two weeks “off” for the holidays turned into four. This was mostly due to my health being very poor. Not my physical health, my mental health. Usually I can work through one of my “downs” quickly and with the help of exercise. However, with the weather being utterly miserable, my schedule being out of wack, and my motivation being at zero, I just couldn’t do it. I could barely get myself out of bed, let alone to the pool for a … Keep reading

The “Farmer’s Snot”

While commuting to work by bicycle, it occurred to me that I have accumulated a skill I never even thought about as an actual skill before: the “farmer’s snot.” Apparently, in some places they call it the farmer’s blow, but it all means the same thing: A farmer’s snot is blowing one’s nose onto the ground by plugging one nostril and blowing the other one as hard as you can; then one repeats this with the other nostril. The result is barely any snot left at all – just enough to wipe on the back of one’s hand/bike glove (in … Keep reading

In like a Lion

We say here that if March comes in like Lion, it goes out like a lamb. According to the Weather Guys at this is the origin: <i>The phrase apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month</i> If this phrase is true, then March came in like a lion. Yesterday we held a “Snowbowl” mountain bike race where we biked and ran our bikes through the snow. It was a … Keep reading