Rest In Peace – Our Clan Mother

Edwina Alfred Abraira July 29, 1933 – May 6, 2016 Well, it is Mother’s Day and I am sad to announce that my Mom has passed away, just two days ago.  I created this blog to share stories about running and how it has inspired me along the way, so it is actually a good day to tell everyone the story of my Mother, as she and my Dad always served as a big inspiration for my running. My Mom was quite the runner, taking up the sport as she approached her 50th birthday in the early 1980’s as running Read More …

Review and Renewal

So as we know, at 11:49 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 21st, those of us up here in the Northern Hemisphere felt our place here on Mother Earth start tilting back towards the sun – Happy New Year!  Here we are ten days later and we are still spinning so why not celebrate again, as we will in several hours from now. 2015 was a good year for running, I managed a total of 25 running events, some old standards, some new races, some hilly courses, some flat, some cold mornings, some hot, and a few wet spots. As Read More …

Double Time

Definition: A military term (US Army) meaning a fast march of 180 paces to the minute, or a slow running pace, keeping in step. Well, the truth of the matter is that we all would like to run a little bit faster every time we step up to the starting line. So “hop to it”, on the double, double time! Photo: Kahnawake Youth Center Unfortunately, I won’t be setting any personal best (PB) times, or “PRs” as I always called them, a Personal Record time. Or for that matter, I won’t be running a “BQ” any time soon either.  I Read More …

Into October We Go

How fast it is the fall is upon us, and voila the best season for running is here and going in full speed. How lucky the many young runners are who can represent their schools in the most glorious of seasons, cross country! Good luck to my former team – University at Buffalo – as they progress through the their season. Here we are, into October already.  But first, September is also back to school for me, and the beginning of the busy season. Looking back, I did manage to get one race in during September – La Grande Vadrouille Read More …

Circuit Augustus – Run For Jon

For some reason I still greatly enjoy running the races that are part of our local circuit up here in the Montreal region. This harks back to memories of my competitive days in the 1980s when times and scoring points were really important to me. The origins of the circuit was what was then referred to as The West Island Running Circuit but has now expanded to the Greater Montreal Running Circuit. Hopefully, you have found your own local circuit, or Grand Prix series, or championship series as they exist in most every city or region. They usually comprise of Read More …

Beam Me Up The Escarpment

My last road trip for July involved a lot of standing, a lot of walking, and a little bit of running; and of course, plenty of wine along the way. What better way to finish a 5k race that with a free glass of wine? I have made it down to the Niagara peninsula many times over the course of my 35+ years of running, as family lives nearby and I spent my best running days living and attending school in Western New York. The gang at the Subaru of Hamilton Niagara Running Series organize a good set of races Read More …

Rock and Roll – Road Trip

July is a time for a little less running and a little more relaxing, and taking a few road trips. The weather can be a bit hot and humid, and with school out for the summer, it is a good time to hit the road. I actually find it easier to run in the cold of winter (and believe me, it gets cold up here) than in the extreme heat and humidity of summer. But before we hit the road I welcomed in July with a June 30 night race in nearby Parc de la Cite – Longueuil. The organizers Read More …

Trail of the Tour

Let’s talk about mud, and plenty of it! The last few years have brought about plenty of new themes in running, and mud certainly seems to be popular in many of these new races. But, why not go old school with a race with a long tradition? The Tour de Lac Brome-Merrell has been on the calendar in these parts for 37 years now, yet this was only my second run at, the mid-June date always filled with some other activity. About 10 years back I remember doing this pleasant run along the mildly rolling hills in Knowlton with not Read More …

By The Way – Colonel By

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and hosts what is probably the country’s top race weekend of the year in late May. I have managed to run in the 5km, 10km, and half-marathon over the years but haven’t made it there in more recent times. The race weekend has gotten so big (nearly 48,000 runners) that it has become near impossible to get a hotel room for the weekend. Back in 2005 my parents Edwina and Bob made the National Capital Marathon their last run at the full marathon distance, although they actually walked it. My Mom finished in 6h06, and Read More …

Second Wind

The “2e Souffle” or 2nd Wind was actually the 10th race of my running adventures, held back on May 23, 1982 in Chateauguay, Quebec. I competed in the 10km that day, finished in 37:11; fast enough for second place overall. I can’t remember too much else about it, except for one important point; that race was the very first running race my parents Edwina and Bob ever competed in; they did the 3km race. Starting to run on a consistent basis was in many ways the key activity that gave me a second wind in life at a time when Read More …