Monday, November 20, 2017

How to tie the Swiss Knot a trail runners go to shoe knot

With winter coming on and shoe laces will get frozen and will not come undone, or they just will not stayed tied.
This is the only knot you will use after you try it out on your trail shoes.

Please!!! Some one tell me to just shut up and run!

The only time I ever get injured (other than the time Doris tripped me and I broke my ribs) is when I talk to other runners on the trail while running.
So this past Saturday we had the pleasure of 6 new runners who came out to be a soiled sport, for the first time.
With just over a kilometer in on the run, I was chatting to one of the newbies and on what was a not very technical or rough part of the trail, I managed to roll my ankle.
I walked it off a bit then commenced to finish the run.
(besides one of our group is a Doctor at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Injury Clinic, granted he would have finished the run and been half way home by the time I finish.)
So, everything was not so bad, till I took the shoe off.
It just started to swell and then started to get colourful.
A did as our trail group swears by for all injuries, put a cold beer against it and when it is empty, just repeat till the swelling goes down or the six pack is gone.
So, when I get back to running, and you see my lips moving, tell me to shut up and just run.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Remembrance Day Trail Run

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

We have the privilege of running on trails in a country that we rally do take for granted. 
On one day of the year, November 11th, we are reminded to give tribute to those who put there lives in harms way to keep our country and way of life safe.
One of our regular trail runners, Barb N., a few years ago recited 'In Flanders Fields' after a run on a November 11th morning. 
A small thing that made me, and I am sure the others present, a reminder to be proud of what we have everyday in Canada, freedom of choice, expression and a constitution that is for the "we" not the "me".
The poem is so simple, but has the beauty and rage that must have been inside field surgeon, Major John McCrae, that day on the battle field in Belgium in 1915.
Please take time to read it a couple times and give thanks to those who served our country.
See you on the trails.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Champagne and Mars Bar Run 2017

Thanks to all of the trail runners who ventured out on a cold wet morning to run the Komoka Trail.
I also want to thank everyone for NOT parking in the pay for use parking area.
We protest with our feet, park free and run in!
A very big thank you to Al and his wife Sally who invited the entire crew back to their beautiful home that borders on to the park.
(I am sure after we all left they said they would never - ever do that again)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe!!

Deer Tick from Kains Woods Rune Wednesday Evening October 25
Yes, it may be October but ticks don't read calendars.
This was found after our run on Wednesday evening and was taken to our vet to see if it was a harmless brown tick or the lyme carrying deer tick.
Well, it is a deer tick.
So, please keep watch when you finish running to see if you have picked up any passengers.
I must go now, as I think this would be best set free on my wifes pillow.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Champagne and Mars Bar Run

This Saturday, October 28th at Komoka Trail, is the annual season ender: The Champagne and Mars Bar Run.
Please park on Oxford Street just east of Woodhull Road. This is a wide shoulder and there is parking allowed. We will run into the trail from here, about 200 meters or so.
Feel free to bring along other munchies to add to the mix.
Start time 8:01 am

Monday, October 16, 2017

Vulture Bait 2017 Results

Thank you to all of you who ran the race and volunteered to make this a very successful event....again.
Pictures will be posted soon.
For now here are the finish results.



Pictured here with some old grey haired stalker is Erika B. who finished her first ultra, completing the 50k in 5:39.14 and is one of our Soiled Sport regulars.