iRun because I cannot say no to a second slice of chocolate cakeEmily Shandruk , Vancouver, BC

iRun to stay fit and release those running endorphinsLiliana Plava , Calgary, AB

iRun because I want to qualify for Boston and raise money for charities near and dear to my heartChristine Gracel , Calgary, AB

iRun because it makes me feel good, allows me to spend time with my friends and gives me a feeling of accomplishmentHelen Kolodziejzyk , Calgary, AB

iRun but not enoughMichael Shaw , New Westminister, BC

iRun because I never thought I would be able toGary Morris , Winnipeg, MB

iRun to challenge myself, physically and mentallyKathleen Keenan , Brampton, ON

iRun because people around me inspire mePina Bevilacqua , Caledon, ON

iRun therefore I amDuncan Walsh , Nottingham, UK

iRun because I liveGeorges Schneller , Laval, QC

iRun to be free and enjoy our beautiful countryCheryl Carter , Clearwater , BC

iRun for overall wellbeingTrish McCourt , Halifax, NS

iRun because it makes me a better person, a better wife, a better mother and a better friendNathalie Joncas-Caissie , St-Antoine, NB

iRun because it makes me feel powerfulCarlene Paquette , Carp, ON

iRun because pecan pie, french fries and beer are chasing meTeresa Sterling , Ottawa , ON

iRun because it’s in meMichael Foley , Stittsville, ON

iRun because it reminds me that I am capable of so much more than I have doneJames Sauve , Ottawa, ON

iRun for meKiza Francis , Ottawa,ON

iRun to prove to myself I canLesley McGougan , Brampton, ON

iRun because all the ladies are chasing my sexy runner’s bodyChris Baker , Etobicoke, ON

iRun because I can and I’m gratefulTerry SanCartier , Gatineau, QC

iRun because when I run I feel most aliveMeghan Lynch , Ottawa, ON

iRun to unleash my inner athleteAdelle Densham , Avonmore, ON

iRun because it cleans up my life, because I drink more water, sleep better and eat healthier foodsRobin McIntyre , Ottawa, ON

iRun because of the peace and strength it brings meMichelle Jordan , Ottawa, ON

iRun because I need it to soothe the soul, keep me in shape and for overall wellbeingBeth Neil , Lombardy, ON

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou , British Columbia

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sonsKeith Bradbury , Newfoundland

iRun because endorphins are freeCassandra Chouinard , Ontario

iRun because somebody once told me I couldn’t Heidi Abbey-Der , Saskatchewan

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew , Ontario

iRun because it’s cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter , Alberta

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie , Ontario

iRun slowly!Jason Hoffman , Manitoba

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brainMarie-Claude Gregoire , Nova Scotia

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every kmSteph Mansell , Quebec

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe , British Columbia

iRun and run, and run, and run, and nobody can stop me Andrei Lucaciu , Ontario

iRun because the wall is meant to be broken Jonathan Bird , Ontario

iRun because it has saved my life John Marshall , Alberta

iRun for the challenge to go faster and farther Steven Matejka , Alberta

iRun to my happy place and some days it’s very Doreen May , Alberta

iRun because food tastes better afterwards Patrick Houston , Alberta

iRun because I can’t dance Mario Javier , Ontario

iRun so I don’t say never ever again Linda Klaric , Manitoba

iRun because it makes me whole Denis Ladouceur , Quebec

iRun because it gets my husband out there Tricia LaLonde , Alberta

iRun away from the negative and towards the positive Teri Lepard , Alberta

iRun because running is like breathing to Stephanie McEvoy , Ontario

iRun because I love the solitude Janene Tailleur , British Columbia

iRun for the moment when both feet are off the ground Catherine Anderson , British Columbia

iRun to someday win the race Lindy Dunlop , Yukon

iRun to stay ahead of the weight gainMyra Abstreiter , Alberta

iRun because otherwise I’m grumpy Alexandre Charest , Quebec

iRun because I get foot rubs afterward Kate Howerton , British Columbia

iRun because iLoves my man Beverly Huang , Alberta

iRun because not everyone can Olivia Harvey , New Brunswick

iRun to get to know myself, my strength and my spirit Lisa Groulx , Ontario

iRun whenever I feel the need to escape Iona Hillis , Ontario

iRun because it’s like flying, only lower Glenn Johnson , Ontario

iRun because it makes me feel powerful Sarah Kallaghan , Alberta

iRun because I’ve lost 80 lbs and running has become fun Cheryl Kelly , Ontario

iRun because there is no finish line Claire Kilgour , Ontario

iRun so my daughters know that they can, too Shelley Kirkpatrick , New Brunswick

iRun because it reminds me of how strong I can be Monique Lavoie , Ontario

iRun because it’s a great way to see the world Sherry Mahoney , British Columbia

iRun because my heart tells me to William Martin , Manitoba

iRun to prove to them that iCan Catherine Smith , Manitoba

iRun because it’s fun when it’s done Sue Matte , Ontario

iRun because I am not as clumsy I thought I was Hanna Baer , Quebec

iRun see where my feet will take me todayMegan Dolinskas , New York

iRun for the cool t-shirts! Pina Bevilacqua , Ontario

iRun because I want to be a role model for our six kids Catherine Empey , British Columbia

iRun to inspire my kids to tryGlen Johnston , Nunavut

iRun so I can eat ice cream Sandy Bolan , Ontario

iRun because I want to live to be 100! Colette DeJean , Ontario

iRun for health, i Run for life Pat Cheung , British Columbia

iRun because it gives my day a boost of energy Sara Campbell , Nova Scotia

iRun because it’s better than almost everything else Nathan Carey , Ontario

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldn’t Peter Cicalo , Ontario

iRun because it's better than almost everything else Nathan Carey , Ontario

iRun at 50 years old because at 43 I couldn't Peter Cicalo , Ontario

iRun because it is my tonic and my salvation Georgia Ioannou , British Columbia

iRun for relaxation and to motivate my two sons Keith Bradbury , Newfoundland

iRun because endorphins are free Cassandra Chouinard , Ontario

iRun because somebody once told me I couldn't Heidi Abbey-Der , Saskatchewan

iRun because couch potatoes die young Cathy Andrew , Ontario

iRun because it's cheaper than therapy Leah Boulter , Alberta

iRun because I like buying running clothes Pamela Blaikie , Ontario

iRun slowly! Jason Hoffman , Manitoba

iRun because it gives me freedom to relax my brain Marie-Claude Gregoire , Nova Scotia

iRun because I learn more about who I am with every km Steph Mansell , Quebec

iRun because iEat Sherry Maligaspe , British Columbia

iRun for my heart, so it runs for me! Cathy Brzoza , British Columbia

iRun to inspire my children! Wendy Bowen , Manitoba

iRun because it sure beats the bus Robin Robbins , Alberta

iRun for the challenge and to remember to fully live Pascale Synnott , Québec

iRun to kickstart my day Sharon Strueby , Saskatchewan

iRun for me! Judi Wearing , Saskatchewan

iRun because it's a great stress release Brooke McKenzie , Yukon

iRun because i love to Mirella Petriello , Ontario

iRun because it helps me see things more clearly Jennifer Pitts , Ontario

iRun to eat Maureen Tritscher , Alberta

iRun to correct years of sedentary living! Mike Scott , Ontario

iRun away from the abyss Charlene Thomas , Ontario

iRun all the livelong day Pierre Saint-Laurent , Québec

iRun to challenge my perceived limitations Cassandra Williams , Ontario

iRun to maintain a strong physical and mental state Tammy Rainville , Ontario

iRun so that I can live longer and stronger Derek MacPhail , Ontario

iRun to feel great Kathryn Rachar , Saskatchewan

iRun because I like to be healthy Melanie Oickle , New Brunswick

iRun to eat more, especially sweet potatoe fries Joanna Skomra , Ontario

iRun for the fresh air and adrenalin Charlyn McGregor , Saskatchewan

iRun for the individual pursuit Robert Pelletier , New Brunswick

iRun to satisfy the irresistible urge Tim Nixon , British Columbia

iRun because I love the sense of accomplishment Amber Moase , Nova Scotia

iRun to challenge my mind, body and soul Sonia Mendes , Ontario

iRun because walking is too slow Barry Knapp , Ontario


Planes, Trails and Priorities!


Looking back at Lake Annecy from Mt Veyrier for the second time in 2hrs - No better way to explore the French Alps!

Now where was I…?

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks since DV50 – Time flies when you’re having fun (or travelling too much!). I suppose that having been away 12 out of the past 21 days doesn’t help either. So much for having a quiet spring…

Training for Death Race has been going relatively well, despite all the travel that is. Either way, it’s definitely time to crank it up a level – More volume and more intensities are on the menu!  But, the reality of the situation is that as much as I would like to put training at the top of my list, like you, life and work commitments often take over as priorities – that’s just the way it is…so we deal as best we can.

(Instead of coming up with excuses as to why I haven’t posted more regurlarly), I thought it might be interesting to give you an inside glimpse at my training log over the past 12 days, to see how I’ve adapted my training while on the road (for work)…It may not always be pretty, but I’ve tried my best to get the job (training) done, in and around my hectic travel schedule. Hold on tight…here I go!

Phil’s Training Log: April 21-May 1, 2010

Wed April 21st: 2hr road run including 8X3min @ threshold
Location: Canmore (home)
Notes: Hooked up with a few of the Bow Valley Harrier Crew after work for a great interval session. Picked a fast/flat section on the Bow River path and pushed the body every more and more so I would max out on the 7th and 8th interval. Long warmdown helped pad the volume.

Thur April 22nd: 1.5hr mtn bike ride
Location: Canmore
Notes: Legs still feeling heavy from yesterday’s interval workout so I decided to hit the mountain bike to switch it up, plus it will give me a bit of a rest for tomorrow’s travel day. Unfortunately, it started raining immediately upon starting – and poured the entire time. Ugh…that was a wet one.

Fri April 23rd: Travel to Toronto + 45min night trail run
Location: Canmore – YYC – YYZ – Hamilton, ON
Notes: Picked up my rental car at YYZ and drove to Dundas Valley Conservation Area (just outside Hamilton) to check out the 5 Peaks course. The sun had long ago set below the horizon so I cracked out my trusty AY-UP headlamp and cruised the trails amidst the critters starring back at me. Made for an interesting loop!

Sat April 24th: 1.5hr trail run (w/ 12.3km Race) + 1.5hr easy run
Location: Dundas Valley 5 Peaks
Notes: Up early AM to help the S-Crew setup the expo. Look at all those shinny new demo trail runners! After a quick warmup, I was waiting for the Sport (5km) waves to start and my attention was steered away by the RedBull girls who were giving away samplers of their new drink. In the middle of a requested photo op, I realized that the Enduro (12km) elite wave was starting…s#%t! I blasted out of the start and ran through the field moving up within grasp of 2nd place, but lost energy in the final kms…finished 3rd. Good thing there was chip timing to keep track of my late start! With lots of action around the Salomon booth, I didn’t get much of a warmdown, but I did get to chat live on iRun’s The Running Show for a little shop talk! 

PM workout: Drove up ‘North’ to Bolton, ON to stay with friends for the night – took the legs out for another spin around Humber Valley trails to build volume – Amazing singletrack out there!

Sun April 25th: 3.5hrs trail run downtown Toronto
Location: Downtown Toronto (Crothers Woods)
Notes: Who knew you could run in downtown Toronto for this long – all on some sweet singletrack! Ran around a 10.5km loop with Flight Crew member Ryan Barrett who guided me around his hometown trails – Feeling a bit sluggish from yesterday’s race, but happy to be out exploring new terrain in such an urban setting!

Mon April 26th: Day off – Travel to Geneva – Annecy, France
Location: Markham, ON – Salomon meetings
Notes: No time to train today due to a crammed schedule and meetings all day – Late afternoon departure for Nordic/Trail running meetings in France.

Tues April 27th: 1hr road run
Location:  Arrival in Annecy, France
Notes: More flight delays…arrived late in Geneva – Quick transit to Annecy for late afternoon meetings, then a short run to get rid of long travel day in the legs. A beautiful evening to run along Lake Annecy.  Lots of prep work to finalize before tomorrow’s meetings.  Very tired…

Wed April 28th: 2hrsw mtn run (w/ 750m elev gain)
Location: Annecy – Mt Veyrier
Notes: 11hrs stuck in a meeting room!! Exhausted. Back at the hotel at 7:30pm…hungry. Recruited the Austrian and German Product managers to come running with me after work as I needed the extra motivation to get out. Ditched them at the end to add a 750m hillclimb up Mt Veyrier, which helped make the time fly by – Found myself racing back down the mountain to beat the darkness that was quickly engulfing the forest. Deadlines back home in Canada forced another late night of work…caught myself nodding off in front of laptop. Need sleep…

Thur April 29th: 1hr Orienteering Session (group activity) + 1hr trail run
Location: Annecy – Mt Semnoz
Notes: Another 10hrs in meetings. Having a hard time to focus…Need a coffee IV. Jumped in a fun orienteering race organized by HQ – fun to do something different. Added a bit more running at the end as we waited for all the teams to come in.


La vieille ville - Vieux Annecy, on a grey and wet morning. From here, you can access the Semnoz trails within 500m from your hotel! Not too many places in this world where you can access the mountains from such a big urban center!

Fri April 30th: 2.5hrs mtn run ( w/1,500m elev gain)
Location: Annecy – Mt Veyrier and Mt Baron
Notes: Wrapped up the meetings with an 8hr day on my butt. So happy to be done…Made a date with the Global Sports Marketing Manager to head out for a hard mtn run after work. Struggled to keep up as he hammered up the first big climb, and danced down the backside. Felt better after 2hrs of running (just warming up!) just as he was fading 😉  Great day with a solid 1,500m of climbing – Amazing views!

Sat May 1st: 4.25hrs mtn run (w/ 1,500m elev gain)
Location: Annecy – Semnoz
Notes: Feeling great after much needed long sleep-in. One last long run for the books…It rained the entire time, but the new trails/terrain were spectacular. My route left Le Vieux Annecy, and climbed steady for 2.5hrs to the summit of Semnoz (1699m). A quick bite and turnaround back down the track to town for pizza and beer! Looking forward to going home tomorrow.

Sun May 2nd: Day Off – Travel back to Canmore, AB
Location: Annecy – Geneva – Montreal – Canmore
Notes: Home sweet home…

From one side of the Atlantic to the other – and back…One of the biggest challenges I have with training is getting out the door when I’m tired. But once I’m out there, I’m always so glad I ‘forced’ myself to get out!  Sure you may feel sluggy, heavy, tired or even lazy after a hard day’s work, this is completely normal! The key is to understand how your body/mind works when you’re tired – This is as important as the training plan itself.

So I ask you now…How are you feeling?  Is it a ‘good’ tired, or a ‘bad’ tired?  Learn to tell the difference!

That said, I fully admit that I’ve been burning the candle at both ends – So it’s time for me to rest!

Thanks for reading!


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May 5th, 2010

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