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A Passion for Running

Welcome to the home of Mark aka The Running Blogfather - a 40 year-old dad, husband and marathon runner who's beaten injury and is on the comeback trail!

Published: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:45:07 +0000


random ruminations

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:32:02 +0000

So, since I’m into my fourth consecutive week’s worth of running, last night I thought it might be fun to take along my Garmin (gps speed+distance+googlemap device). Here is what I learned: I will not be setting any world records in the mile or marathon anytime soon. I now have a brand new benchmark for [...]

runner is running

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:22:32 +0000

Long story, short: I’ve got three weeks under my belt, am running every second day and am now up to 60 minute continuous running. I’ll likely step things up to daily running within a week – alternating between 30 and 60 minute runs. Feeling good… and I hope you are too.

One Hour

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:34:24 +0000

The weather broke today. For the first time in two weeks, no snow and no -20 celsius. So I got out and ran – for 64 minutes. Nice and easy. All is good!

Still going…

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 04:11:33 +0000

I got a very nice, encouraging comment from Bruce, who wondered where I’ve been the past week. Well, Bruce - I’m here! I haven’t run the past two days because we’re absolutely BURIED in snow here in Edmonton (we’ve gotten about two feet in the last 10 days). However, I’ve been doing at least an hour’s [...]

It seems to be coming back to me…

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:26:40 +0000

Tonight was my best run yet. I headed out expecting to have to plough through a couple of miles of snow like I did yesterday – and yesterday was a tough two miles. But, tonight, I only had to plough through about 400 meters of heavy snow. The rest wasn’t too bad. Tonight was also [...]

Insert Creative Blog Post Title About Running Here

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 04:17:48 +0000

My consecutive days of exercise streak is now at six days, with five out of six of those days having been runs. In other news, I finally mustered the courage to stand on Lori’s scale and found that the news wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I thought I’d be between 215 [...]

What’s this… a blog post?

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 02:20:45 +0000

I’m alive. And have begun running again. And this time, I will not stop. I really want to run again. I’m horribly out of shape. I mean horribly out of shape. Like, really, really horribly. But I don’t care. I’ve run three times in three days. Each one 22 to 23 minutes long. Each one [...]

looks like i get to call myself a runner again

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:48:20 +0000

I got the “you can try it out” from my therapist on Monday so, today, I tried it out. No shoulder pain. No …other bad stuff. Just 30 minutes of good, non-stop running. Not so much as a tweak or an ache. It all felt good. I’m going to give credit to years of running [...]

making some excellent progress

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 03:03:01 +0000

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what’s been wrong with me. In doing so, the Doc eliminated some very bad stuff (MS, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes etc). While that was going on, I began taking copious amounts of supplementation – especially magnesium and calcium (LOTS). After only a couple of weeks doing that, [...]

Not All Pain is the Same

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:33:01 +0000

Thanks for the nice encouragement Deene, Mike, Karen, Darrell, Biz Runner, Andrew, Jon and Chris. It’s great to know that, after all this time, people like you are out there listening and rooting me on. I don’t think I’ll quite be ‘kicking butt’ – as Jon so eloquently put it – any time soon, but [...]