Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Invitation to Peta Gay Nash's book launch

This is a special post from my friend, fellow runner and associate Diane Ellis.  Her niece is launching her first book at an event in Streetsville, October 3 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Her book is titled, 'I too hear the drums'.  It is a collection of short storeys exploring the tensions of personal relations and racial identity set in dual, conflicting worlds of North America and the Caribbean.  Something I have personally dealt with.

The location is the Masonic Lodge in Streetsville.  Admission is free.  Contact inourwords@bell.net or 905 486 0059 for more info and to RSVP.

Until next time...
that running guy 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Who is the new guy on the Reggae Marathon blog?

That picture was taken around the 12 mile mark of the Reggae Marathon last December.  I was still gloriously naive about what was ahead.  Thankfully with the help and advice from Sally, the Wasaga Beach Road Runners and the Jamdammers of Jamaica, I made it through in relatively good shape.

Sally and I are looking forward to our trip to Negril this December.  She knows what to expect for the weather and the driving!  I'm looking forward to the marathon event and have been training hard:  lots of hill and speed work to build up strength.  And again this year, I'm running in the Toronto Goodlife marathon  in October.  The only thing missing will be the heat.

Look out for blog posts from the Reggae Marathon blog (true confession:  I'm the 'new guy', the official Reggae Marathon blogger) and visit the 'new and improved' Reggae Marathon web site.  See you in Negril this December.

Until next time...
that running guy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reggae Marathon and other running news

We have a lot of running news to share;  its been a busy couple of months running, training and getting ready for the Reggae Marathon in Negril, December 4.

First of all, if you are in the Greater Toronto Area September 24 or 25, stop by the Reggae Marathon booth at the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon Expo.  We'll be there flying the Jamaican colours.  And not just casually, but as the official Blogger for the Reggae Marathon blog.  Look out for news later this week ... and blog posts about the fantastic Negril experience in store for you this December!

That leads to the next big news:  the all new and improved Reggae Marathon web site and blog launches this week.  I'll be blogging and sharing pictures from the Scotiabank Marathon Expo on the weekend and posting stories each week.  I look forward to your comments.

And finally, Sally and I are now booked for our trip to Negril in December!  We can't wait to get back to Negril.  We hope to see you there.

Until next time...
that running guy

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Why Social Media Is a Game-Changer for Causes

The results of utilizing social media for your cause can be significant.

Why Social Media Is a Game-Changer for Causes

How we spent Terry Fox Sunday

We had a great day today.  We got up early to help out at the Terry Fox Run in Wasaga Beach and followed that up with the celebration of the completion of Sally's 'Quilt for Heart'.  Feels good!

Here are some pictures.

The start of the event...a perfect day on Wasaga Beach

That's the way to run...just have fun!

Our better halves...or the ladies who put up with our early morning runs and our aches & pains

And to top it off, here is Sally's completed 'Quilt for Heart'.  Finished and looking great.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Why do I run?

I get a lot of questions from friends and strangers asking me why I run.

It started with the motivation to loose weight and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and the other 'bad' illnesses bedevilled my family.  Over the years I have raced in multiple running events and triathlons. I have run in every city I have travelled in.  That by itself doesn't explain why.

To try and do that I have given long, rambling answers.  And yes I have seen the polite response.  My wife Sally has learned to give me "the look".

I stumbled across this video recently and it gives the best answer:  running gives me the opportunity to do my absolute best for a cause.  Check out the video for the rest of the story:

Until next time...
that running guy