The Blog and Me
'Do Things Always' came from Scott Jurek. Stop questioning everything, stop analyzing - just do it. To quote Ray Bradbury and my friend Greg "doing is being".
I blog because I have to be occupied/obsessed with something, a high maintenance project and a focus, something hard work and rewarding. I have to be doing. Running/blogging gives me all that and keeps me fit and healthy. I started running for my physical health and now I run for my mental health. This blog also provides a convenient repository for all my race reports.
Chances are I'm trying to lose weight whenever you stop by. This is something I've struggled with over the years and I'm still looking for balance. I have yet to find a healthy relationship with food.
I started running in 2011 after watching people do it on TV at the gym. It was SLOW and damn hard. Sometimes, often, it still is. After I ran my first 5k race I figured that was it. But then there was a 10k...then a Half...then a Marathon. Since then I have completed a bunch of other distances, all of which come with different challenges. Some days even putting on shoes is a challenge.
Here's where I'm originally from in Scotland (Leven, Fife) as painted by Jack Vettriano. They have knocked the power station down now.
We emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 2002, and lived in Whitby, ON then Windsor, ON before moving to Calgary, AB in 2006. We have mountains!
Four little rescued furballs came to live with us in 2010/11, then another one, Miss Sia Fierce in 2016 (she is no longer with us but forever in our hearts). They fill the house with love, happiness and hair. Quite a lot of hair. Jack (ginger, part Maine Coon) was the only boy and everyone loved him, we lost him in 2022. Our hearts are still broken.
We spend a great deal of time using running as an excuse for vacations.