What does it feel like to run 80km?

A couple of weeks ago, along with 3 others, I ran 80km! I’m not sure I can adequately describe the feelings experienced as Chris Tse, Andre Lessard, and I supported Sean Wingrave and his Really Long Run to End MS. Arriving in Camrose, 12 hours after leaving Nisku with 9 ½ hours of feet pounding pavement, was incredible! I will admit however there were times during the day that I wondered how I got myself into this. How far are you running?! How long will it take you? Why are you … [Read more...]

Baby Steps to Healthy Living

Dear Reader, Are you having troubles getting started with leading a healthy lifestyle? Are you finding it overwhelming to know where you should start? Keep reading. This blog is tailored to you, the beginner. We know that eating a healthy and well balanced diet paired with physical activity is what will classify us as leading a healthy life, however we often have a difficult time knowing where to begin. Changing everything about your routine at once may work for a few days however, we find … [Read more...]

Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise

It is well known that exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic illness whether you are pre-disposed to it or not. But, what many don’t realize is the positive effects that exercise can have on someone that is living with a chronic condition. Many people have adopted the idea that they should not exercise because of said condition fearing that exercise will make it worse or that they are not physically able. With the MS bike tour coming up soon, I want to give a brief breakdown of what … [Read more...]

2016 – Let’s Do This!

Ringing in the new year allows me to be both reflect and anticipate. As I reflect on 2015 I look back at the fitness goals that I set January 4, 2015 and published for you all to see: In 2015 I will… participate in a variety of activities to build strength, definition and endurance appreciate my body for its strength and endurance, and for what it allows me to accomplish daily (this will require great control of my self-talk and Rob’s patience) complete a second marathon … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing 101: Getting Started

I remember strapping on these flimsy-oversized-plastic-tennis-racket-looking-things to my knee high winter boots as an elementary child and absolutely hating snow shoeing. Waddling around hard packed snow-covered soccer field was my first experience with the sport and I really failed to give it a second chance till now. Snowshoes have changed a lot in the past decade. Gone are the waffled tan plastic one-size fits all shoes, they've been replaced with a high tech shoe made of ultra light … [Read more...]

Top Rope Climbing: Learning How to tie knots and fight fears.

Climbing sixty feet is high. Really high. I generally don't have a fear of heights, but when I'm suspended by a knot that I just learned how to tie less than an hour ago and I hear it creak - let's just say the palms get a little sweaty. I've wall climbed before but this was a little different; the high wall at the Wilson Climbing Centre maxes out at an astonishing sixty feet - look up, way up. Most of my experience has been in bouldering which is climbing a few feet high off the ground without … [Read more...]

Hidden running trails of Edmonton: Downtown Edition

I've said this countless times: I take mini vacations every time I run on trails. It's great to take time off and take a trip, but when the schedule is hectic  a quick dive in the woods to chill and relax is priceless. I have had a few requests for quick trail trips that are a few steps away from downtown so here it is. My two points of advice for running during this time of year: Gear Up: Some of these trails are a bit slick so make sure you tread lightly and grab a good set of trail shoes … [Read more...]

Strength Training for Cross Country Skiing

I love winter. I believe that Edmonton is one of the most fortunate cities to live in when it comes to winter. Yes it can last for many months, but the season brings countless sunny days and access to a totally different set of sports and activities. My intent this season is to learn how to, and take a deep dive into cross country skiing; many of our parks and running trails turn into cross country ski tracks in the winter so it's a great way to keep exploring! Cross country skiing is one of … [Read more...]

BALANCE IS A FARCE – GET OVER IT.

Is anyone else guilty of spending countless hours on the Harvard Business Review website? You know it always starts with one article and next thing you know, an hour has passed and a dozen articles have been scrolled through on your computer screen. You feel slightly more intelligent than before but know the real genius is the person who added the “what to read next” link in the top right corner. My most recent binge session was ironically about being busy - one click later I was learning how … [Read more...]

Get a grip: climbing gyms of Edmonton.

I remember when Vertically Inclined first opened up in Edmonton in the 90's and I begged my parents to go. To no avail it was too far away from so I didn't have a chance to scale those walls. Flash forward to six months ago and for some reason it finally dawned on me that I lived only a few blocks away from my childhood dream of ascending dizzying heights through clouds of chalk! Climbing has become one of my favourite sports. It forces me to unplug from everything and focus purely on technique … [Read more...]