Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Video

This vid of The North Face’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is breathtaking!

A Story of Broken Dreams…and TOES!

A bit melodramatic on the title, I know, but what can you do?

I promised to post up details of my injury, so here’s the nitty gritty:

Sunday Aug. 14 I kicked a tricycle, hard, and in the process I broke my big toe and can no longer run. Undisplaced fracture of the Distal Phalanx (that’s probably a mis-quote on my part) is the official diagnosis, but the doctor was nice enough to dumb it down for me and let me know that my big piggy was busted.

Was it a stupid thing to do?  OF COURSE!
Should I have done it?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Do I regret it?   OF COURSE!
Will I do it again?  …probably not…
Have I completely buggered my fall racing plans?  OF COURSE!
Am I surprised?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!

For the voyeurs in the crowd, here are the X-Rays

As a public service announcement, I’d like to advise you all “Breaking your big toe 6 weeks out from your first 50km trail race is a BAD idea”.

My Dr. assured me that I’d be lucky to run part of the Run For the Toad 50km at all, let alone the full 50km, and that I should “consider” adjusting my plans.  She also threatened to beat me about the head and shoulders with a 2×4 if I ever did it again, but I think that was mostly frustration from losing me as her speedwork/training partner talking…maybe.

After a depressing week of hobbling a around like troll, I started to think practically about my race.  “If I followed the Doc’s rehab advice and had a quick recovery I could be back running…maybe…2 weeks out from Race Day?  Maybe I could adjust my registration from the 50km to the 25km race?  I can finish 25km off the couch, maybe not set a PR but still finish it without feeling like I’d been beaten with a 2×4…yes, that sounds like a plan, let’s do it!”  Things were looking up, “I might be able to salvage something out of this mess after all” I told myself…that was until I read this:

August 14, 2011

No More Requests, Please

Dear Runners & Walkers:

Well, it finally happened. We are swamped with requests for race changes and more people wanting to get into the race long after the registration closing. Due to the implementing of the immense planning effort and logistic timeline needs we are unable to take any further event change requests.

Thank you for understanding,

And that my friends is payment for actions rendered…

On that note I leave you this this:

You do it to yourself, you do
And that’s what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you and no one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself…

More News…

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been AWOL for a while.  The past few weeks have been a combination of waning motivation, the busyness of work/family obligations, and obviously from the last post; injury.  I know I promised “more details to follow” and they will, but right now I need to talk about something much less narcissistic.

This past Sunday afternoon my hometown was ground zero for an F2-3 tornado.  Essentially, a storm crossed Lake Huron, waltzed up the beach in Goderich Ontario, and decided to take a stroll into the town square.  I’ll leave the detailed reporting to the pros, however I will touch on a few points; Although the town is devastated, the casualties and injuries seem to be at a minimum, considering it occurred at 4:00 on a Sunday afternoon 37 injuries, and 1 fatality for a crowded summer afternoon is remarkable.  My family and their neighbours came out of the event relatively unscathed which puts my mind at ease, however the town is months away from putting the pieces back together.  My heart goes out to them, and I’m currently investigating how I can aide in the relief efforts.

Thanks for reading, I’ve attached a video of the aerial survey completed after the storm which tells the story better than I ever could.

Be safe kids…

Broken Big Toe…Awesome…



Broke my big toe Sunday night, no running for me for a while….I’ll post more details soon.

Do You Jog or Run?

Adam’s at it again…

Best Running Song Ever?

I had to keep myself from dancing when hearing this during the Twenty Valley half Marathon

More Summertime Fun


Be back soon kids, have a good one.