Friday, August 22, 2014

Safety Tips for Women Runners; A Guest Blog by Cynthia Menzies

Cynthia Menzies; strong, focussed, brave.

Invincible?

Running during the summer months often means warmer weather, more daylight and more people out and about along your running route.  Running in the summer can create the feeling of safety especially if we run when it is light out. We feel invincible and take risks like: running alone, running with earphones, running without iPhones, and running on secluded trails. We often fool ourselves into taking fewer precautions because we are already ‘on the move’ and as a result we feel invincible. We might ask “what are the chances of an assailant going after a runner, anyway”?

I can write from personal experience that the chances are very good. Last month, after an attempted sexual assault while running on a very public trail in south St. Vital, I realized that I am not invincible. I also realized that as a woman I am even more at risk.

Morning Rain

It was a Sunday morning when I decided to finally head out for a run. I had postponed my start time because it was raining lightly. As I started out on my regular run route I determined that the light rain had a bit of a chill to it. As a result, I turned back and headed home for arm warmers. Finally on my way, I noticed that the public path was a little quieter than usual. There were not as many dog walkers, runners or cyclists. As a result I felt like I had a good feel for the environment around me. I rarely run distracted with the exception of my thoughts that often bounce about in my head stimulating new ideas. Admittedly, I am a day dreamer and now realize this can put me at risk.

Assailant

It was so unexpected and quick when the attempted assault happened. As I continued down the trail I noticed a man walking toward me. The man seemed to be hesitating and his gait was irregular. My inner radar was set off and inside my head I heard, “Be careful Cindy”. I debated how I was going to pass the man on the trail or even if I should.  I decided I would pass him.  I was a few running strides in front of him when he dropped his pants and exposed himself to me. I stopped running.

Not Cool

The first words that came out of my mouth were “not cool, I am calling the police”. Calling the police? I did not carry my iPhone on my run. How was I going to do this? I started to run toward a house nearby. As I did this the assailant started toward me. I rang the doorbell and no one came to the door. The assailant continued to approach me and I realized my strength would be found in my voice using simple commands. I told the assailant to “back off”. I said these two words three times. Each time my voice getting louder and stronger. On the third time, the assailant stopped coming toward me and started running away. I was lucky.

The Bigger Picture

What does this experience have to do with running? I want to share that assailants are not waiting for the night time to strike. They will surprise you in the early hours of the morning, during a midday trail run or abduct you from the streets of your own neighbourhood. Sound scary? It is. My assailant lived in my neighbourhood and was a high risk predator with a track record of sexually assaulting women. He was also living with a mental health condition and I hope to touch more on the complexity of this topic in the next issue.


Be Safe

I really want you to be safe. Below are some of the best tried and true safety tips from police officers, EMT’s and other safety experts taken from an online website called ACTIVE.

1) Do Not Run Alone
I know, it's so simple, but it works. Two people are harder to control than one, so attackers are less likely to strike and if they do, you've just doubled your chance of survival. If you don't have someone to run with, get a dog. Or borrow a dog.

2) Do Not Run With Earphones
Again, this isn't rocket science. When you have loud music blaring in your ears, you can't hear a potential attacker come up behind you and it also slows your reaction time.

3) Alter Your Route
When we run the same route, or the same two routes, day after day, it not only makes us easy targets for stalkers, we also have a tendency to zone out.

4) Run Against Traffic
It makes it harder for someone to abduct you in a vehicle if you see them coming, literally a mile away.  This also helps prevent traffic related accidents, especially if you like to run in the early morning or at dusk.

5) S-I-N-G
Anyone who saw the charming Sandra Bullock movie, "Miss Congeniality," will remember her demonstration of self-defense at the beauty pageant talent show. "Remember to sing," is her line and it stands for four vulnerable parts of a person: solar plexis, instep, nose, groin. 

If you are attacked from behind, self-defense experts tell you to elbow your attacker in the stomach, stomp on their instep, turn and shove the heel of your hand up their nose, then knee their groin. This often sounds easier than it is, so try to take a self-defense class about every five years to keep the concepts fresh and your reaction time quick (Hargrave, 2014).

Reflections

I often wonder what would have happened if I ran at my scheduled time or if I hadn’t turned back to get my arm warmers. Would I have crossed paths with the assailant?
In the end I was lucky. I also helped to identify an assailant who was wanted for similar attacks on women. The police surrounded the area moments after the attempted assault occurred and it was not long before the assailant was arrested. I decided to give a statement on camera after recognizing that other victims would not come forward.

Recovery

It hasn’t been easy. I have internalized a lot of the stress and trauma on a cellular level. I have been assaulted before and was unprepared at how the recent attempted assault would bring the trauma of my childhood to the surface. It was a double whammy to process. It is difficult to measure the impact of any attack and the best thing to do at the end of the day is be better prepared, talk about what happened and allow others to help you with recovery. I carry my iPhone now and wear an alarm that Victim Services provided me.

I also forgive my perpetrator.


Cynthia Menzies

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy, Meet Aldo Furlan

Aldo Furlan, Ted's Run for Literacy Board Member (Course Chair, Volunteer Chair, Site Chair)
The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to race day we will interview an individual whose contribution to TRL helps to define the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh.

Aldo Furlan’s dedication to Ted’s Run for Literacy and Start2Finish is matched only by his iPod’s playlist (see how he groans below when we ask him to pick ONLY five songs) . The TRL Board is very lucky to have Aldo as a volunteer coordinator, course coordinator, and site coordinator, but also as one of the run’s greatest promoters.

Ted’s Run for Literacy - How long have you been running, and why did you start?
Adlo Furlan - I originally started my interest in running when I was 12 (1976...yikes!). I ran a fun run at school and finished 11th out of 85 so that I guess is where the "spark" began. I ran all through Jr/Sr high school and recreationally in university. I never even dreamed of running for a club at that time as I never thought I was "good enough." I started doing longer runs in the late 1980s and I never really stopped.

TRL - You've been asking by a running gel company to develop a new flavour. What is it?
AF - A favourite flavour for a gel? Maple bacon....like the wings I had in St. Adolphe once..mmmm

TRL - If you only had room for five songs on your running playlist what would they be?

AF - Playlist...tough one....
“Frankenstien” by the Edgar Winter Group
“If I Should Fall From Grace with God” by the Pogues(or any other song)
“You Wreck Me” by Tom Petty(or any other song)
“The Pretender” by Foo Fighters(or any other song)
“Edicott” by Kid Creole and the Coconuts
That was a tough one. I could have put sooo much more.

TRl - Do you have a moment or an experience that stands out for you during your work with Strart2Finish?
AF - A moment that stands out for me working for Start2Finish was when one of the kids at my school mentioned that he ran all through recess to "get ready" for Running and Reading club after school. He was so dedicated to running that he wanted to put extra time to be sure he was ready for the run at the end of the year. ( He's a great kid by the way, well liked by everyone).

TRL - What does Ted's Run for Literacy mean to you?
AF - Ted's Run for Literacy means to me....it's a really personal thing for me as I see the result of its efforts first hand. When the kids in my school, some who I have taught years before, put on their brand new shoes we provide to them through Start2Finish, it's a pretty cool thing to see. I also see it when those same kids sit down to read with me in the gym during Run and Read Club. I sum it up when I describe the race to people and tell them what it's all about. "It's a race that supports Running and Reading programs across Canada, three in Manitoba, two in Winnipeg one of which is at my school". This statement helps to engage people and draw more interest and support.


It's a good day to be alive.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy, Meet Steve Wetton

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to race day we will interview an individual whose contribution to TRL helps to define the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh.
Steve Wetton, Ted's Run for Literacy Sponsor Chair
We are very happy to have Steve Wetton as the newest member of the Ted’s Run for Literacy committee. His knowledge, and fresh perspective brings great value to the team - we just won’t let him name any of our future races (see question #4’s answer).

Ted’s Run for Literacy - How long have you been running, and why did you start?

Steve Wetton - It's hard to remember exactly when I started calling myself a runner, but
I did technically join the cross country team in Grade 12. I think it wasn't until around 2005 when I did my first half marathon that I allowed myself the title of "runner" - until then I just considered it a hobby! There's a variety of reasons I started running, but mostly just because it felt good!
Soon I found myself racking up the distances and getting such a sense of euphoria and accomplishment that I was hooked!

TRL - Did Michael Bennett chase you down during a grueling Sunday long run to convince you to join the TRL committee? (Editor’s note: he does this to most unsuspecting TRL board members).

SW - I remember it being a blustery Sunday morning with a windchill of -40°C, or something just as bad. We were out for a trial run of the Hypothermic Half route and Michael came up alongside me. Maybe he just needed to thaw his face by moving his mouth, but we ended up having a chat about TRL and how there was a space on the committee that he thought I would be interested in. Between gusts of wind across the bare Fort Whyte Alive fields, I told him that I'd love to help out. Here I am today!

TRL - Road, trail, or treadmill - where do you like to run?

SW - Depends on the weather! I can be quite content anywhere if the conditions are right, but you'll most commonly find me pounding pavement somewhere between River Heights and Roblin.

TRL - If you could create your own race what would it be (creative name required).

SW - I already have one! It involves lots of biking, running, and perhaps some
dehydrators in the final mile! For alliteration's sake, perhaps I'll rename it to.... Steve's Super Series SoirĂ©e.... Probably won't be calling it that...

TRL - What does TRL mean to you?

SW - Growing up as a child, I definitely loved to read. My parents and school strongly encouraged it, and over the years I blasted through everything I could get my hands on. I know for a fact that my education has benefited greatly from this positive reinforcement! An area where I wasn't quite as strong with was physical activity. To see a program that pushes both items in tandem is so amazing to see and a great cause to support.

It's a good day to be alive.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy; Meet Caitlyn and Winston Yip

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to race day we will interview an individual whose contribution to TRL helps to define the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh.
Caitlyn and Winston Yip entering the finisher's chute.
A family that runs together has fun together. Two members of the Yip family, Winston (dad), and Caitlyn (age 10) chat about their reasons for running, and what their running inspired TV shows would be called.

TRL thanks the Yip family for the support, and we hope to see the whole family out on the course in October.

Ted’s Run for Literacy - How long have you both been running, and why did you start?

Caitlyn Yip – I started running two or three years ago at Whyteridge School. Run Club in the mornings and then Cross Country and Track & Field. First family run we ever did was Run at the Ridge.

Winston Yip – I used to run a lot when I was younger but then stopped in my late teens and 20s. I only started running again when I turned 30. I did the MB ½ marathon for two reasons: In tribute of my dad who passed away a year earlier and for my 30 bucket list. I have ran the half marathon every year since and one full marathon for my 40 bucket list.

TRL - What is your running relationship like? Do you have any friendly rivalries?

CY - We do not run together as a family and no one likes to run with me/dad when there is an invite.

WY - However, we have done two events in the past as a family and everyone has enjoyed these events. Run at the Ridge and Ted’s Run. We have been involved in Run at the Ridge three times and Ted’s Run twice. Caitlyn and I will run together since we are faster than mom and younger sister.

TRL - If each of you had a TV show named after your running style what would it be called? But answer for the other person.

CY - “The Butt Kick Winners”
WY - “Small Wonder”

TRL - If you needed a little boost of energy during a race, and you saw a big sign, what would it say to give you the energy you needed?

CY - “10 Free Trips to Anywhere in the World if you come 1st!
WY - COLD BEER & CRISPY BACON at the Finish Line!

TRL - What does Ted's Run mean to you guys?

CY & WY - For our family, it gives us an opportunity to spend the morning together and run as a family. The money raised is also for a good cause. And it also recognizes Ted’s passion for running, reading and physical activity.


It's a good day to be alive.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hugging The Red

Won't you hold my hands over my heart?
I want you to close my eyes when it gets dark.
We go over the mountains and under the stars.
We go over the mountains and under the stars.

Ruben and The Dark, Bow and Arrow, from the album Funeral Sky


Today I run 13 miles. I find myself hugging the curvy banks of the Red River for a couple of those 13 miles. The trail is single track, overgrown with jungle-like vegetation. The Scottish Thistle is tall, thick, and wet from the early morning shower. The burrs scratch my knees ever so lightly, just enough to remind me that I am alive and running.  I run blissfully along this ancient trail. Ghosts of civilizations past run through me. Dwarfed by deep emerald vegetation, dabs of magenta. A sliver of blue sky overhead. A glimpse of a winding red river. I am soaked from the waist down.

Breathless.

I am alone and I am in the moment. I am graciously thankful for this beauty, this opportunity, this run.

Alone and in the moment, it's a good day to be alive.

Mike

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Go Fast on Wellington

Have you ever had a run that is as perfect a run as a perfect run can be? A run that leaves you breathless and wanting more?  A run where the conversation is smart and rich. A run where the laughter flows freely and cracks like a whip? A run that is so intoxicating we become drunk with life and high with the oneness of the moment.

I happened upon Melissa, Christine, Tim, Scott, and Gary this morning as I trudged solo down Wellington Crescent. I'm currently training for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 5 and my schedule calls for 16 miles. This isn't a huge distance, but it's just long enough to register 'boring' on the fun-scale if running alone.

Like a sailor on a 24 hour furlow I was looking for a little fun and a little company to ease the tedium.

"Come join us" they yelled.

It was all the invitation this sailor needed.  I jumped into cue and the banter began... non-stop, relentlessly positive, full frontal, take no prisoners, laugh-a-minute, rich, unadulterated perfect chatter.

This group holds a healthy irreverence to the traditional running rules. They are renegades in their own right and I love them for their independent spirit. Allow me to stitch together some moments to explain.

We ran to McDonalds on Marion for a Coke and muffin ... what the heck?.. a Coke and muffin at McDonalds! This sailor held back and stuck to water and an extra-crappy GU ... after all, the day is still young and I'm wary of where this could go.  The muffin was devoured, the Coke chugged and the empty cup banged on the counter. With a sleeve-wipe to the mouth we were once again off and running.

Scott, aka The Cisco Truck, carries all sorts of treats in his extra buff fanny pack. He's a virtual mobile Pollock's Hardware, a Willy Wonka treat machine, a Hunter S. Thompson pharmacist,  and an all around cool guy.  He's the MacGyver of running. Legend has it he pulled a a flat of ice-cold Cokes out of his fanny pack on one particularly hot ultra-marathon.

Scott tells how 7-11 head office in Vancouver contacted him about his 7-11 race series and offered all sorts of incentive to grow this race.  Next year, says Scott, will be better and bigger than ever.  Mark your calendars 7-11-15 at 7-11 AM.  Stay tuned for details.

Christine becomes emotional with the talking garbage can at McDonalds.  She has four daughters and takes comfort in the programmed robotic "thank-you" from the garbage can.  She says it's the only thank-you she ever gets as she purposefully places another piece of garbage in the can., and another, and another, tears welling.

As a car approaches from the rear Melissa yells "SCATTER" and like sand-crabs we all scurry to different sections of the raodway.  The driver passes shaking his head.

We cross Main Street in the general vicinity of a crosswalk ... kinda-sorta.

Melissa leaves half a Coke hidden in the bushes in the Gates to be savoured on the return trip. As we approach an hour later only a sip remains.  Did someone help them self to Melissa's Coke?  Only Gary Morris knows for sure.

"Go fast on Wellington" yells Melissa as she scoots ahead at a 7:30 MM pace. We go fast. Tim and I stall out at an 8:30 pace. We catch our breath at the water fountain and then continue forward; forever forward, no looking back.

On Centennial at Kingsway we say "20% done", at Grosvenor "40% done", at Corydon "60% done" and then, at John Brebeuf, 80% done".

I finish strong, smiling, happy.

It was... it is... and will forever be... a good day to be alive.

Mike

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy; Meet Glenn Shultz

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to Race Day we will interview another individual whose contribution to TRL defines the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh. 

Glenn Schultz is the picture of determination - as you can see. After getting some not so good medical news he decided to take back his health and his life, and running has played a big part in doing that. 

Ted’s Run is proud to have been his first race (in both the 4 and 10km distance), and we applaud his efforts to continue his health and fitness goals while supporting others to do the same!

Ted’s Run for Literacy - How long have you been running? Why did you start?
Glenn Schultz - I started running June 2012. In February 2012, my doctor said I was pre-diabetic. I was 290 pounds. He said needed to change my lifestyle around. I started slowly to make changes with food and walking. Within 3 months I dropped 50 pounds and was no longer a diabetic. By October had lost 100 pounds! I then decided to do the 4 km run at Ted's Run for Literacy as a challenge and to help others.

In 2013, I did a 20 km walk for Cancer Care Manitoba in June. I ran on a relay team in the Manitoba Marathon. I pedaled my bike 760 kms in 6 days across Iowa in Ragbrai, the world’s biggest bike ride in July. I ran the 10 kms at Teds Run for Literacy in October.

In 2014, I ran my first Half Marathon at the Manitoba Marathon. I plan to do a triathlon in Pinawa in August and of course Ted’s in October. I also quit smoking now for over a year.

Where it all started for me? It’s all about challenges. I helped my self to better life now I want to help others who want a better life. Seventeen years ago I could barely walk with Psoriatic Arthritis. “Anything is possible” is my motto.

TRL - What's your "go to" post run snack/meal?
GS - My post race snack is bananas and chocolate milk.

TRL - When you are having a tough run what's the one thought, or piece of motivation that keeps you going?
GS - When I’m having a tough run I keep telling myself 5 more minutes, 5 more minutes. And that quitting is not a option.

TRL - What's the best sign you've ever seen on a race course, and how it make you feel?
GS - One of the signs I saw was in the Manitoba Marathon. It said Go Strangers Go. That got me laughing.

TRL - What does Ted's Run mean to you?
GS - Ted’s Run is 2 things: Its helping others and its helping me for a better life and longer life.


It's a good day to be alive.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy; Meet Jonathan Torchia

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to Race Day we will interview another individual whose contribution to TRL defines the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh. 
Jonathan Torchia ripping up the course.
You probably know Jonathan Torchia as the founder and race director for the wildly popular Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Half Marathon, but what you might not know is he’s only been running for four years, and apparently has a plan if a rabid dog (or bear) starts nipping at his heels.

We’ve been happy to have Jonathan support Ted’s Run by being a fan of TRL and helping to spread the word. This year he won’t be joining us - he’ll be running the Chicago Marathon chasing a “BQ.” We wish him nothing but luck.

Ted’s Run Literacy - How long have you been running, and what got you started?

Jonathan Torchia - Believe it or not I have only been running since 2010! Prior to 2010 I couldn’t run a mile to save my life, literally. I was a big boy ( 225lbs ) and played football my whole life and never ever ran. I knew some lifestyle changes had to be made after my amateur football career was over. So I took up running and changed my diet in 2009 making some big changes for the future, and have not looked back since.

In 2010 I signed for my first race ever - The Manitoba Half Marathon. I figured I would set the bar high and go for it, and go for it I did. My first half marathon ever was a 1:39:11 I will never forget that time, ha ha ). I knew I was HOOKED! Post running The Manitoba Half Marathon I got that great feeling that every runner gets of, “When is the next event I can do?” At this early time in my running career I didn’t know much about local events, and can recall I was flipping through my Runners World magazine at work and saw an advertisement for the Toronto Waterfront event in October and immediately thought to my self, “Yes, that’s the one!” So as soon as I could after returning home from work I registered for the event, booked my flight, and arranged to stay with my family. It has been full throttle since 2010 for me, now with running 27 half marathons, multiple 10 mile, 10k, 5k races, and getting the full marathon itch going after doing Twin Cities Marathon ( fantastic event ) in 2013.

I am currently training my guts out for the Chicago Marathon come this fall in October, and hoping for a BQ. One can dream and set the bar really high. A 3:05 Full Marathon time is a huge lofty goal, but like one of my favourite sayings go “a dream without a plan is only a wish”

TRL - While out running you find yourself suddenly being chased by a bear/cougar/scary animal of your choice. How do you get away?

JT - Ha ha, this is a tough one….I have imagined in the past being chased by a really aggressive dog while out for a run, and always think to myself “what would you do?” I have concluded that I would just give her like hell and hope to out run the dog which likely wouldn’t happen, or find a wall or fence that it can’t chase you up on. Thank god, we don’t have bears roaming around though, I would turtle and throw my bright coloured Asics at it.

TRL - You're back from defeating said animal and come home to find your fridge is only stocked with....?

JT - Hmmm, I have a pretty boring diet that consist of eggs, chicken breast, avocados, bananas, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, fish, quinoa and lots of fruits and vegetables. Now secretly what would I actually want to devour after that…..pizza, burgers, chips oh and a DQ Blizzard.

TRL - When you're on a tough run what's your go to mantra to pull through?
JT - My go to one would have to be “never give up, keep grinding.” While out on my runs as of late I keep muttering under my breath about my goals I have set out for the Chicago Marathon and if I cut my work out short, or didn’t finish the training session to its completion that I will be the only one to blame. And also saying these two letters a few times “BQ” “BQ” always seems to give me that extra little push, that extra little motivation.

TRL - As a race director yourself, what does it mean to you when someone decides to sign up for your race?

JT - I genuinely from the bottom of my heart cannot describe in words how thankful, how appreciative, how much it means to me when this happens. There are so many great running events out there to choose from, and for someone to cognitively say to them selves “Yes, I want to run this event “ is an amazing thing! I am unbelievably humbled and thankful to each and every single participant and volunteer of the WFPS Half Marathon. When I see people out in public wearing one of our event shirts, race hats, or any apparel for that matter, it gives me chills and the biggest smile ever. I could never have dreamt in my wildest dreams when we started out a few years back the event would be the size it is today!


It's a good day to be alive.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy, Meet Tyler Walsh

The People of Ted's Run for Literacy is a 'behind the scenes' look at the many individuals that make up Ted's Run for Literacy; from committee members, to runners, to volunteers, to sponsors.  Every week leading up to Race Day we will interview another individual whose contribution to TRL defines the heart and soul of this fine event. The People of TRL is the brainchild of our Social Media chair, Carly Walsh. 


Tyler Walsh receiving a 'high-five' from his wife Carly as he enters the finishers' chute!
After his wife forced him to get off the couch to join her in a mud run, Tyler Walsh just kept running. What keeps him going? Apparently it’s the fear of fictional Star Trek characters. 

Ted’s Run for Literacy - How long have you been running and why did you start?
Tyler Walsh - Just over a year. And because my wife made me. My wife wanted me to run the Dirty Donkey with her, so I thought I better train a bit so I wouldn’t pass out in the mud. After that I just continued to run and actually enjoy it.

TRL - What’s on your iPod when you run?
TW - I’m currently mid-way through Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy (Please don’t Mock-ingjay me). I can nail two birds with one stone - I can feel good about getting outside to exercise and enjoy a good “read” at the same time.

TRL - If a movie/TV villain was chasing you who would have you running at top speed?
TW - The Borg - no one wants to be assimilated.

TRL - What’s the best tip you learned after one year of running?
TW - I think having a goal race is something that helps you to stay on track and gives you something to look forward to. Races are fun.

TRL - What does Ted’s Run for Literacy mean to you?
TW - It was my first 10k race, so it was an achievement for me, but I think it’s supporting a race/organization that brings two key elements of life success - reading and physical activity - to kids that need it most.


It's a god day to be alive.

Monday, June 30, 2014

What's the best darn Energy Bar in the world?

Twelve very active friends have volunteered to participate in a 'blind poll' to definitively answer the ageless question that has plagued athletes since the dawn of time, or since last week when I first put the bug in their ears... 
What's the best darn Energy Bar in the world?

Yup, See Mike Run doesn't shy away from investigative journalism. Bring on the tough questions! 

Each of the participants will sample ten different Energy Bars that are identified by number only. While they munch on the samples they will answer a series of questions. The results will be published on SMR within a week (or so).

With thanks to....
Carly Walsh
Bob Nicol
David Fielder
Ainsley MacDougall
Fern Berard
Darcie Wadelius
Connie Lowe
Melissa Budd
Tim MacKay
Joanne Schiewe
Cynthia Menzies
Nadine Linder

Happy Canada Day everyone; it's a good day to be alive all full of energy and good health!

Mike