Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Skunk Run

I get up early on Saturday morning to get my long run in before Real Life™ kicks in.

I was running along a trail next to Coquitlam River and I saw this vague dark object moving ahead of me. The sun had not yet risen and I couldn't make out what this thing was.  I figured it might be a feral cat so I kept my distance.

I followed this mysterious creature for about a mile as it religiously kept to the trail.

We finally got to a foot bridge with a street lamp and I could finally make out what it was.  A skunk.  Yikes. I'm glad I kept my distance.

This was the first skunk I've ever seen in my life.  We don't have them in little ol' New Zealand.

I'm still waiting to see my first bear.

These blogs detail my journey to a 50 km ultra-marathon as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Long Run

“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” 
Dean Karnazes

The early hours of Saturday morning see me pull on my running shoes and head out the door for my long runs.

My most recent long run was a slow and steady 26.5 km run.  My peak long run will be about 42 km.

One of the best things I enjoy about my long runs is that I can pick a direction and just explore.  Sometimes I come across the bizarre (a topless women going for a walk about in high heels in Colony Farm), but more often than not it's the beautiful. Like the above wooden planks across a river.  Sometimes the weather itself dictates the beauty, like this frozen river I ran next to for several miles.

Running is freedom.  The freedom to explore.

These blogs detail my journey to a 50 km ultra-marathon as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Running an Ultra-marathon for the Environment

Time to bust out of the marathon limits and bust into the world of ultra-marathons.

I'm in training for the Elk/Beaver 50K Ultra-marathon on Vancouver Island as a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation.

You can donate to the cause here.

The David Suzuki Foundation is a science based organization that helps people live within the limits of nature.  The Foundation has been around for over 20 years and has had numerous victories but there is still so much more to do.

The future of the four wonderful foster children that are in my care scares me as we are losing the battle for the environment.  I don't want to have a conversation with them in 20 years time in a world much bleaker than this and have them ask me why I didn't do everything I possible could to mitigate the affects of climate change.

This run is one small step to make a better future for them.

I'll be updating this blog regularly with my progress.

Stay tuned!