CanLit Poetry runhappiness

Textured Tuesday #85

“But when comes winter blank Ontario sorrow and heedless art class louts bump crowing glowing snowblind through all keen to paint chrome yellow with shadow their shade hits and this brash fruit sits disconsolate if it could think what’s good what’s true smeared sadly green with blue…” -Marianne Bluger  ‘After Stein’

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runhappiness Running

Run to grow

Seeds need light and water to grow into plants. My seedling thoughts need the time in my head afforded to me on the run to grow into good, fully developed, complete ideas. After that initial run to flesh the idea out, subsequent runs will allow the complete idea to branch out into new little saplings […]

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runhappiness Running

Not yet crushing it

This time last year while living on the eastern edge of the country cruising along the coastal roads, I was crushing my marathon training. Today, this year so far, I have been crushed by thought of the run. I need to flip it back the way it was. I should put the pedal to the […]

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health runhappiness Running

Shed the Un-run Blahs

For a wide variety of reasons I have not run in a few weeks. I’ve been active, but not running. It’s time to shed the un-run. I get so blah blah blah when I don’t have a good run routine going. Running has become an integral part of my healthfulness and I intend on keeping […]

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runhappiness Running

Run tunnel vision

Sometimes, when in the midst of a long run that winds here and weaves there and lifts you up and around the hills, you get so attuned to the body and breath that tunnel vision begins, you ignore the screaming calves and the thirst to see only your form, pace, and kilometres remaining. Sometimes, when […]

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runhappiness winter

Winter run alternative

Winter is like no other season in its menu of outdoor activities on offer. From snowshoeing to towing kids around on a toboggan to snowboarding and shovelling a ton, the last two weeks have given me a feast of things to keep me active. I need to run, but always love the variety this season […]

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fun runhappiness

Tag you’re it

I haven’t been running lately. I have been spending my usual run times shovelling or playing in the snow with my kids or snowboarding or having a glass of cab franc with my wife or working or parenting or whatever. The time to run has been overwhelmed by the time to “everything else”. So since […]

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motivation runhappiness Running

Tracking progress

If a run isn’t tracked or recorded or gps located does it still count toward your training schedule? If you can’t access split times, an interval repeat session’s average collective pace did the run actually happen? If elevation, gps coordinates, overall shoe mileage, and weather aren’t noted can it still be considered a run? Stats […]

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