Adventure Guide: Ottawa, Ontario

My Ottawa Experience Those that know me well may laugh that this city was chosen for my first featured adventure guide as we haven’t always had the friendliest of relationships; my time living in Ottawa was a true #faillaughlearn experience. And while we may not have been best friends with me as a resident, we... Continue Reading →

Race Review: Sulphur Springs Trail Race

Time and Place Sulphur Springs is organized by the Burlington Runners Club and is held late May in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Ancaster, Ontario. Distances Moderate to Ultramarathon: 10 km; 25 km; 50 km; 50 miles; 100 km; 100 miles; 100 mile relay Note: 2017 had a 200-mile option but was added specifically to commemorate its 25th anniversary. To my knowledge,... Continue Reading →

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Of Mountains and Mats: A Weekend at Wanderlust

Let’s try something. Just for a moment, picture your solace - the place you feel the most at peace. What does it look like? When I think of mine, it often features a faraway place, a trail, and perhaps some gentle clouds flitting across distant snow-covered mountains. Most often, it also features solitude. It was... Continue Reading →

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In Training: Woes of a Commitaphobe

When signing up for October’s ultramarathon, I quickly realized I had no idea how to train for such a thing. To attempt setting the stage for success, I signed myself up for a number of smaller races and challenges to help get me there. As part of this mini-goal series, this past weekend I participated... Continue Reading →

Adirondacks, Revisited

A number of years ago, as I drove back to Ottawa after an interview in Hamilton, I ducked across the border and into the Adirondacks. I was getting ready to say goodbye to life in the capital city (a place I’d called home for the past three years) and knew I couldn’t do so without... Continue Reading →

The Unforeseen Fortunes: Fondo Edition

I awoke at 6:45am this past Sunday in Killington, Vermont, on the morning of the 145 km Farm to Fork gran fondo. Groggy and sleep deprived, it took a moment to remember where I was and what had brought me there. After 15 blissful seconds of ignorance, the recognizable feeling of dread sank deeper into... Continue Reading →

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