The fastest shoes in the World

“Running is a simple sport and the only real essential gear for most of us are shoes.”

Okay so to make them the fastest shoes in the world someone needs to run a world record in them or some such thing – but they are the lightest.

Get this, the shoe weighs 3.52oz!!!! (To give perspective that about the weight of 3.5 envelopes!)

Let me introduce you to the Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro!

So I heard about this insanely light shoe from Reebok and had to find out more. I inquired and soon enough a box arrived from the friendly folks at Reebok. Little did they know that they would have to wait a few months for this busy runningdad to get the blog review done!

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WHAT YOU GET

Here are the details of what makes up the shoe and what Reebok recommends you use it for:

  • Materials: Engineered mesh to offer support and breathable flexibility
  • Best for: Racing, intervals, tempo workouts, neutral foot strike
  • Floatride foam sockliner for lightweight comfort
  • EVA sockliner for lightweight comfort
  • Ultra thin high traction outsole for optimal grip
  • Floatride Foam is significantly lighter than traditional EVA foam, for soft, lightweight cushioning
  • Bootie construction for a comfortable sock-like fit
  • 3.52oz. 6mm Drop
  • Best for: racing, intervals, tempo workouts, neutral foot strike
  • Materials: single layer engineered mesh upper and Floatride Foam technology for superior cushioning
  • Product code: CN7006
  • Product colour: White / Solar Yellow / Black

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THE EXPERIENCE

I liked this racing flat. The fit was comfortable and despite being insanely light and with minimal midsole and upper material it felt like a solid shoe and cushioned my foot well.

  • Silly, silly light – like you are not wearing anything
  • Comfortable fit for my feet
  • Decent width at forefoot (I have average foot width)
  • Snug heel but thin heelcup
  • Outsole has just enough material and lugs for road racing or track

Running on it felt better than some other lightweight racing flat I have worn and did not feel like I was standing on the road with nothing underneath and di not feel like I had no cushioning underneath. I was instantly impressed.

I went for a few quick runs and it felt as close to barefoot running but with some cushioning underneath as I have ever felt. I pushed off hard, slowed to 10k pace and still felt good. Impressed.

WHAT MAKES THEM LIGHT

Its the Floatride foam used in the midsole that really is the thing to focus on here. The foam was actually used by Reebok to design lightweight, cushioned shoes for NASA astronauts (article). Impressive. When the upper is just enough material to provide a little support and be comfortable and then the outsole is just enough material (little bits)—it makes for a ridiculously light shoe —did I mention its light?!

LIGHTNESS COMPARISON

The Floatride racing flat weight 3.52oz…lets compare that to few other racing/light shoes you may know.

  • New Balance 1400                  7.90oz
  • Mizuno Wave Ekidan 11       5.2oz
  • Brooks Hyperion                    6.6oz
  • Brooks Wire 4 Track Spike   3.9oz

CONCLUSION

Love the fit and comfort and cushioning. I love the lightness and feel on the run (for someone who is lean and relatively light on my feet). Its basically a running/racing shoe that weighs a little less than a light track spike that you can run on the roads with.

I would recommend this shoe for efficient, quicker runners who are looking for an amazingly light racer shoe to squeeze seconds from their times. For $300, its not cheap but definitely worth it. You will see me with this shoe on for some races, workouts and maybe time trials!

 

Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro

Reebok on Twitter: @ReebokCanada

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Grabbing life by the balls

“There are things you need to do to be responsible.”

Its the Canadain runningdad here with a short piece on something that I bet a lot of men do not talk about. Yep vasectomies. So why is a runner and writer…guy who often chats about being a dad and mental health opening up about this? Well, its related to being a dad and it certainly stopped me from running for a week and a bit and its related to my mental health. So worth writing about. What is a vasectomy?

Deciding

Pretty simple. I am 43 and do not want to have any more children and wanted to make sure of it. I have eased into being a dad and love my daughter but do not want to be the old dad or have a surprise with my girlfriend. Protection is always a good idea but this just takes the worry out of things. That’s it. I thought about and decided it was the responsible thing. It made sense for me.

It did mean I would probably have to take at least a week off running though – grrrrr. I bit the bullet. The mental health part is –I hate needles or procedures. I had to psych myself up, prepare and deep breathe through the procedure, no pain, no discomfort–I simply felt slight pressure and knew what was going on. I decided on a no needle no scalpel vasectomy.

How to prepare for vasectomy?

The meat of it

  • No asprin week before
  • Shave scrotum couple days before appointment
  • $250 that Quebec Health Insurance covers about $180 of
  • 15 minutes
  • My pants down in front of a doctor
  • No needle, local freezing
  • Jockstrap to wear for a week
  • Wait 10-minutes and go home (have someone drive you if possible)
  • Cost and coverage

The sausage factory (the experience)

I was nervous. Went up, registered, paid and got a little bag with instructions, a sample bottle and a sucker (yep candy lol). I waited and then was called into a room. I was instructed to put a jock strap over my underwear and wait to see the doctor.

The doctor arrived, we chatted and he asked about the situation and confirmed details and asked my girlfriend and I about the decision.

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More waiting and then walked to another small room with a dentist-like chair that was laid back all the way and low on the floor and a bright surgical overhead light. A chair for someone else to sit in the room…and that was about it. Simple. I was told to drop pants and everything else to ankles and then lay back. (Girlfriend watched the entire procedure).

A small surgical cloth with an opening for the boys was placed on me and then the doctor explained what was going to happen. He then told me he was going to freeze with what looked like an over-sized metal pen. Four shots of air that would feel like an elastic snapping, less and less so with after each one. Was ok.

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I was tense but all I felt was pressure. I smelled burning hair as things were cauterized but nothing else. The done, gauze and was asked to sit up slowly. Then everything pulled up and it was over.

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Where the snip happened

You may not be from Canada or even Ottawa but here is where I had my vasectomy done. They were friendly, professional and I was out pretty quickly. If you want the details  – it was:

OVIC – Ottawa Vasectomy and Infant Circumcision
South Ottawa Medical Centre
1650 Queensdale Avenue, Unit 2, Ottawa, ON, K1T 1N8

My doctor was Dr. Marc Brulotte, nice, young and very friendly.

After it all happened

I was quite cautious and got a drive back after the minor surgery but had no pain, swelling or discomfort. I rested and did little but did walk around. I had no pain, took nothing and had no bleeding (tiny spot on gauze I removed after first evening)

  • Rest and little activity 2 days after
  • No activity for a week (sports/exercise)
  • Minimal lifting
  • Use jockstrap for extra support

I have not run in a week and a day and everything now feels normal and feel ok easing back into activity and longer and longer runs. It was a good decision for me, a chance to overcome some anxiety and was a forced rest from running.

Now back to the roads!

 

 

A Kenyan runner with a dream

“Running is a brutal and emotional sport. It’s also a simple, primal sport. As humans, on a most basic level, we get hungry, we sleep, we yearn for love, we run.” – “Running with the Kenyans” by Adharanand Finn

I have lots of running friends all over the world. One new friend is a lean and insanely fast Kenyan who reached out to me via social media. He is looking to race and race fast. He is currently training in Iten, kenya with some of the fastest runners in the world.

Bernard Chemugo

Bernard is a fast Kenyan runner and knows my friend Justin Lagat (fellow runningdad and writer).  His hometown is Marakwet, Kenya and he dreams of showing his potential and speed on the roads in North America. He is looking to race and race hard. He says his focus is the half-marathon and his goal is sub-60!

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5’6″ 56kg (123lbs)

Coach: Joseph Apermoi

Personal Bests

  • 5K           14:57
  • 10K         28:58
  • Half:       62:57 (on a hilly course in Kenya)
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Winning the Hastings half marathon

Races

You can connect with Bernard via his Facebook account.

Mental Health Birthday Run

“The strength of two or more is always stronger than going alone.”

My birthday is at the end of the month and I have in the past few years gone on ultra runs to think, celebrate and try and do some good on foot at the same time. This year is no different. Age 40 it was 258km in 2.5 days along the Rideau trail, age 41 was 100km along the Prescott-Russel trail, ripe age of 42 was 42km with my good friend Gesine (who I had honour of helping to run 200km from Montreal to Ottawa in June) one November evening. I am 43 this year.

I intended to run 143km for my 43rd year here. A challenge, a chance to run with friends and to celebrate life, not giving up and raising awareness about mental health and that we are all never alone. Well 143km I will do another day – this year it will be something that others can join me for.

Both myself and Gesine Freund invite you to join us for our 43rd birthday run for mental health in Ottawa. Life is worth living!

How to join me

Join me at the start or anywhere along the route. We will try and run at the pace of whoever joins us. It is a run about never being alone, friendship and life. I will try and post via social media (Twitter @NoelPaine and @Gesinef).

The Run

  • 43-kilometres for 43 years
  • Saturday October 27, 2018
  • 7am start at Michael Budd Park in Blackburn Hamlet (Gloucester)
  • Blackburn Hamlet into Ottawa along paths and city streets
  • Will be teaming up with my good friend Gesine Freund
  • IF we feel crazy once we reach 43k we may go for another 43k – but TBD.

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The Route (Ottawa)

  • 7:00   Michael Budd Park to Innes Rd.
  • Tavette St. to Greenbelt pathway
  • Continue on to Ottawa River Pathway
  • Sussex Drive past Rideau Falls
  • Path along Rideau River
  • 9:00   Across Union Street bridge to Stanley Park (17.6km)
  • Rideau River Eastern Pathway
  • Rideau River Pedestrian bridge by Gee Gees field
  • 10:00   Rideau River Nature Trail to Bank St. (25.9km)
  • North on Bank St. to Slater St.
  • Over McKenzie bridge to Stewart St.
  • 10:40   Stewart St. to King Edward (31km)
  • North on King Edward to Rideau St.
  • Up Rideau to North River Rd.
  • North River Rd. to McArthur Ave.
  • Right along Vanier to Donald
  • Donald to Cummings
  • Cummings to Cyrville Rd.
  • Cyrville to Innes Rd.
  • 12:00   Innes Rd. to Rondel (finish) (43km)

*Times in ORANGE are approximate times based on 7min/km pace (intend to run with whoever shows up – so could be bit quicker or slower.

The Cause

It has been another tough year of growth, learning, struggle, love and not giving up. Life is worth living. I have decided to promote an organization I have just recently learned of called Worth Living.

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Worth Living (WL) was founded by Keith Anderson who battled back from depression and a breakdown and now talks about how life is now living. Sounds like a perfect fit to me. I am all about sucking the joy and energy from life and sharing and being positive – and promoting others who I think are doing good. Please check out what WL and Keith are doing.

*I hope to be a WL ambassador at a spring marathon where I am aiming for a 42.2km PB.

One step at a time my friends, focus on the positive, control what you can and do what you can with the rest, smile, laugh, love and live life!

 

Beating the Bonk with Bonk Breaker

“Nothing hurts more mentally and physically than running out of fuel in a race or on a training run – all your plans crumble away.”

Okay – its another Runningdad review! I do this to have fun, share what I find and promote great stuff that enhances the running experience! This blog is about another company that has fuel to help runners perform better, fuel up properly or recover from training.

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WHAT IS IT?

Bonk Breaker is owned and operated by Jason Winn and Chris Frank. Jason and Chris are both elite level athletes in their own right, Jason a former Division 1 college football quarterback turned triathlete, and Chris a Category 1 Road cyclist. Since Jason and his Mom cooked up the first PB&J in the apartment kitchen, their mission has been to create the “World’s Greatest Nutrition Bars”. By combining great flavors with simple, fresh ingredients they have a lineup that includes 14 unique flavors of Energy and Protein Bars.

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Their Philosophy

Bonk Breaker Nutrition products embody a whole foods philosophy of creating simple, high quality, REAL food ingredients into great tasting bars, chews, and hydration products that provide both a delicious snack and a competitive edge to fuel the active lifestyle. Made with 10-12 REAL ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce, all Bonk Breaker® products are Gluten Free.

In my own words (much above peeled from their website) Bonk Breaker is about trying to make tasty, real-food based nutritional bars for active people.

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WHAT I THOUGHT

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I started with the Nutrition bars (9-12 Ingredients | 4-6g Protein | Gluten Free | GMO Free | Vegetarian Friendly) and tried some delicious flavours (Banana cream and PB&J). The texture for each bar changed a bit but they were all really tasty and easy to eat. They do not taste fake and were easy on my stomach. I ate as a healthy snack during the day and after a few runs. I really liked the PB&J option. Were they the best bars I have ever had? Not sure – but way up on the list! The nutrition bar has a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio  and aim is to provide sustained energy to fuel you through the day. Worked for me.

The protein bars were also a nice tasty post workout fuel. Once again – not amazingly different than other bars I have tried over the years – but natural ingredients and taste would have me leaning to Bonk as opposed to others.

Like all their products – they demonstrate thought behind what is put into their products. The protein bars use a  blend of pasture-raised collagen protein & grass fed whey for an all-natural, low calorie, low carb protein bar.

Chews

The strawberry chews with caffeine from Bonk folks were easy to eat, tasty and seem to give a bit of energy (like supposed to) – but did not really notice the caffeine kick (but seldom do). They were good and very similar to other brands of chews in size, shape and texture. Very good but not a lot different than others you may have tried. The natural ingredients might be the difference.

Ingredients

Organic tapioca syrup, organic sugar, organic tapioca syrup solids, pectin, citric acid, potassium citrate, color added (organic black carrot concentrate), white tea caffeine, natural flavor, ascorbic acid, sea salt, organic sunflower oil, carnauba wax.

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I loved the taste of everything I tried! In conclusion – being really straight forwared and simple — great guys behind these products, tasty, natural and well thought out and my stomach had no issues with them. Worth buying and testing out!

Listen to my Runningdad podcast chat with Bonk Breaker co-founder Chris Frank.

You can find Bonk Breaker on their website (https://bonkbreaker.com/) and on social media:

 

Keep on lacing up friends and keep living life to the fullest!

 

*If you have a story to share or a product you want me to test – give me a shout!

 

Running to Remember

“Running can put you in touch with your feelings, some you may not realize you had.”

I have a great respect for people who help others in general. Among that group of people in society who choose to help others as a profession are police officers. They are the people out there making sure people follow the rules and law but also there in disasters, conflicts and accidents. They put on the uniform and regularly put themselves in potential danger and harm. Some of them lose their lives.

There is a run from Toronto to Ottawa that remembers those that have lost their lives. It starts on two days on September 27th.

National Peace Officers’ Memorial ‘Run to Remember’

The run is to raise awareness and focus attention on the annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. The annual Service is held on the last Sunday of September in Ottawa with the run occurring over a three day period immediately preceding it.

The ‘Run to Remember’ is a 460 km relay that makes it’s way through many communities between the start at the Ontario Police Memorial site in Toronto to the end at the National Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Not only does the run raise awareness about the Memorial Service it also gives peace officers and citizens along the route the opportunity to participate in some small way if they are unable to attend the actual Memorial Service.

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Laurie (far left) and fellow police officers on the Memorial Run.

The run was established in 2005 when the Peel Regional Police running team, The Pacers, decided to raise awareness of the annual Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial Service held annually on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The running team wanted to create a way of raising awareness of the annual Service and at the same time pay tribute to those officers who have so valiantly given their lives in service of their community.

Go to the The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run website for more information.

I connected with a running friend and officer to talk about the run. Her name is Laurie McCann.

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Laurie has been putting on a Police officer uniform 20 years. After years of service she is now instructing at a Police college teaching Social Media and is also the facilitator and instructor for The Road to Mental Readiness.

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Putting on the same police uniform is not the only thing Laurie has been doing for quite a while. Lacing up and running is also something she loves to do and has been doing for for the past 15 years. “I got started in running when a friend asked if I wanted to run a half (how could I say no..lol) I have been hooked since. I have completed 10 half marathons, 10km and 5km races. Mostly I run for my mental health. It is my “me time” and it’s what keeps me sane.”

Have you personally been touched by death of a colleague in the job?

“I lost a friend of mine in 1994 PC Todd Baylis #114 he was killed in the line of duty. He was shot in the head. I have also lost a colleague to suicide as well.”

What does this run mean to you?

“The National Peace Officer’s Memorial run is so important, it is a time to reflect on the job we do and remembering all the officers who lost their lives while serving their communities. This run takes us from Toronto to Ottawa over 3 days and on the 4th day we put on our number ones and march up Parliament Hill and stand at attention to honour those who have fallen.”

Do you think running has helped you deal with job, its risks?

“I absolutely think running has helped me deal with the job of policing, it is a huge stress reliever for me. I do my best thinking when I run. Definitely helps keep my mental health in check.”

What do you hope this run accomplishes and what do you hope to take from it?

“I hope this runs helps both officers and the community to remember those who have lost their lives doing the job they love. To know they didn’t get to go home that fateful night. This run reminds me that life is fragile and we need honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. For me, this also includes officers who lost their life by suicide because of a job related mental injury.”

What are running plans for the rest of 2018 and into 2019?

“My running plans for 2018 may include one more short race and hoping to add some more Half marathons to my schedule for 2019 and of course the National Peace Officers Memorial Run (@460km) . This year was about recovering from a bad injury sustained last May. But I am back and ready to train for 2019.”

Keep running Laurie. I find running helps people deal with pain, mental health and often just getting through life and it is also a great way to raise awareness or do some good on foot. Let us not forget those who have paid the ultimate price to help others.

Run on friends.

 

Do you have an interesting running story to tell or know someone I should profile? Love to hear from you!

Always stopping to think

“Life like a trail run is always full of ups, downs, turns, things to avoid and points at which you have to stop and make sure you are going in the right direction.”

A Runningdad update

It has been a while since I have made a personal runningdad update. I am sorry for all those going through withdrawal (that would be zero or some very small number lol) – but for those who do like reading – here is another!

So – I am no longer dealing with depression or struggling more than any other person out there. I have my tools and know what to do when I get blue or down. I feel on top of things in general and headed in the right direction. Running, meditation, self-reflection and focusing on the positive are some of the screwdrivers and hammers in my mental health toolkit. I never took medication but I did a lot of work and talked with a therapist and a life coach to dig out of where I was. I also continued to run.

Self Reflection

So had a real moment of hard reflection and gut-wrenching self doubt the other night. It was one of those moments – where you are sure of what you are doing, feel okay and that you are acting as you mean to etc. – then someone yanks the mental carpet out from underneath you for a moment.

I have always considered myself a positive person and even when depressed tried to put a positive face on for others when I could. I am a point in my life where I know it will not go on forever and I want to make the best of it. I am co-parenting my beautiful daughter with my ex – and we cooperate and work together. Are we super buds – nope, but I am actually at her house now after putting my daughter to bed – and staying until she gets back from an event she wants to attend. My daughter is my priority.

Am I a perfect dad – don’t know but I am trying and I am even getting the occasional ponytail done into something that looks less than a rat’s nest.

Am I better than I was? Well I have learned more about myself, have seen mistakes in my past and want to be positive, happy and help others in the time I am here. I want to meet other positive people, write more books, explore, love and learn. I always have really – its just really been reinforced.

Jolt

So I was jolted when I found out I was being perceived as someone I did not see myself being. Thats when surprise turned to self-doubt and concern. What was I doing, was I doing things I did not realize? I will not go into details – but it was a real moment of self-reflection. I am more confident than when I was younger but sometimes other people’s opinions really affect me. I really try and be a nice, kind person -for no other reason than I like helping people, I try and focus on the positive (but oh yeah I do occasionally bitch and whine lol). I am also a person who often takes charge in a situation – my time as an Air Force officer did not help. So often if no one jumps into the lead or wants to lead a discussion group, take the marker – I will. One of the things I have tried to work on in the past few years is relaxing and opening up – I have dealt with some tough life events by keeping things under control (myself) – not controlling people or life – but by trying to be organized, planning ahead and well it was tough.

Recently I went dancing with friends and loved it – I had not danced in years. I love to dance and I had fun. I am getting back to the me I want to be. Not that I think I was a monster but have been sidetracked the last few years by divorce, depression and a tough transition to being a dad – plus taking time off work (which I needed) but was tough and almost put me out on the street.

So I had to sit and think. Who was I being? What was I doing? Was I being the person I was being perceived as? Needless to say I had to go for a run!

A kick in the arse is worth two in the bush

Ya – no idea is that subtitle makes sense lol but deal with it lol. The jolt was a kick in the arse in the sense it made me stop and evaluate. And I am not sure what two things are in the bush but I came out of the self-analysis (1) knowing I am still ok with who I am and what I am doing and that (2) I need to have a wee bit more self-confidence. I know that if I the person I want to be (kind, open, positive, silly arse) and acting in way I approve of (helping others, being honest and truthful, trying to be a good dad and person) – then thats all I can do – and hopefully thats what people will eventually see. —-oh they’ll probably see one down right skinny runner with increasingly furry ears – but no one is perfect.

So I am working at a cool job where I am perfectly suited (skill-set and topic) with a cool team, enjoy my time with daughter, am still running and have someone in my life who I care about more and more each day. Things may change but I am taking one day at a time, enjoying life while still thinking a bit about the future. I am ok.

PS – I just self published my first book on Amazon – almost as a test for a few others I have been working on for years or have just become projects now – feel free to check out.

 

You are never alone. Run on friends.

 

You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram and can listen or fall asleep to my voice on my new Runningdad podcast.

The best running towel ever!

Its called the Chawel, a towel you can change with! I love it!”

Its time for another runningdad gear review! This is going to be a pretty straight forward and short blog review for what I think is a great product for runners and anyone who likes to get hot and sweaty and dirty outside.

WHAT IT IS

The Chawel is a Changing Towel made of breathable, soft, fast-drying synthetic material that is perfect for changing after a sweaty outdoor activity when there is no real place to change—-and you don’t want to have your arse hanging out in the wind.

The creation of the Chawel came to be in 2002  and was created by a beach lifeguard in Vancouver, BC, who often witnessed people trying awkwardly to try and change on the beach. The old towel wrapped around the waist method was just not good enough – so a better, more butt-safe piece of kit was created. (read more here)

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Chawel options

They make a few versions – a full length one with just a head hole that works well as a portable changing room, one that can be worn like a sweater (that also includes a hood) after you towel off and they also have tips on how you can fold up to use as a pillow for various purposes.

It is basically a soft, breathable, synthetic towel that works to clean you off, dries quick and also serve as a changing room, hide valuables while outdoors, fold up into a bag —and keeps you from having embarrassing changing moments!

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WHAT I THINK

I think this is a simple but brilliant idea and solution to a problem many people have while outdoors! As a runner I love this piece of gear. I have used after a trail run, on an ultra, multi-day run with a friend where I needed to be able to change where there were no bathrooms or cover.  It works really well – getting in and out of it is pretty easy (although sometimes does not look elegant and smooth lol) and keeps the parts of me I want hidden – hidden!

The Chawels range from about $30-50 and I think are worth it. Great to have in the car for runners or anyone who likes being active outdoors. Absolutely perfect for any runner after a sweaty race!

Two thumbs up from this runningdad!

HOW TO GET ONE

Chawel website: www.chawel.com

Chawel on Twitter: @ChawelTowels

Chawel on Instagram: @chaweltowels

 

Keep lacing up, keep smiling and keep running friends!

Gesine Freund – 200km for Childhood Cancer

Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, Quebec to the CHEO hospital in Ottawa

On Friday June 29th, 2018 at 6 am., Ottawa ultra-runner Gesine Freund will be starting a 205-kilometre run from the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, Quebec to the CHEO in Ottawa, Ontario. Gesine will be running to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer through the Phoebe Rose Rocks Foundation.

The run will be a non-stop effort; she will be crossing Laval, Oka Montebello, Masson-Angers, Cumberland, then will run along the Ottawa River pathway via Beechwood and Rideau River pathways as she approaches the finish line at the Ottawa CHEO on Saturday June 30th. Runners and supporters will be able to connect, cheer and run a portion of the route; follow her live social media updates.

Every kilometer and every dollar raised goes towards the Phoebe Rose Rocks foundation, a volunteer-driven charity. The foundation was formed in honour of Phoebe Rose who in 2010 at the age of nine-weeks was diagnosed with infantile leukemia. Phoebe sadly passed away in 2015 but her memory lives on through the foundation started by Phoebe’s family and community to raise funds for childhood cancer research and provide support to families.

Cancer is the leading cause of disease related death for children in Canada. 1700 children from birth to 19 years are diagnosed with cancer in Canada each year. While over 75% of children survive cancer, more than 80% of survivors face late effects of their disease and harsh treatment; including secondary cancers, neurocognitive impairments, heart failure, lung disease, and infertility.

Donations can be made on the Phoebe Rose Rocks website:  http://phoeberoserocks.com

To contact Gesine Freund email: runningwriter@hotmail.com or follow her progress – through connecting with her on Twitter @gesinef, Instagram @gesine.freund and her Facebook  page for the run: https://www.facebook.com/gesineruns/

Gesine thanks all the individuals, companies and supporters who have enabled her to plan, train and carry out her epic run to fight childhood cancer.

 

*The Runningdad (me) will be handling all media and social media during the run and will be there to help, run and support Gesine.

A view from the inside – Runningdad

“What you see from the road is not always a good idea of what is going on inside the house.” – Runningdad

Hey peeps and readers – its been a while since I have shared some personal stuff. Yes – I have done some reviews and been all over social media but it has been a while since an update on me.

Never be afraid to reach out to someone for help or reach out to help someone.

It has been quite a while now since I was at the bottom of the well looking up (suicide and dealing with severe depression). I have gone from -10 on the healthy mental health scale to somewhere above functioning I think. I beat back the depression linked to the transition to being a dad, my marriage breaking up and just being lost at work and in life in general. It has been tough.

You are never alone or the only one.

Tough —hard to explain – could mean a lot of things right? Well the title of the blog and the saying at the top says it all. I am better but sometimes the smiles and selfies still hide a bit of a struggle.

I beat back the depression, saw a therapist, started meditating, got back into running and put my head down to work on things and to look for a fulfilling job. Well I am now mentally stronger and can handle a lot more stress and anxiety than before (does not mean I don’t have rough moments) – but I am not afraid to reach out or talk to someone. I am better but I don’t mind asking for help (most times). Sharing with you (and on social media) also helps – through connecting and getting some simple thoughts and feelings out. But stepping away from a full-time job has been tough – I have and am barely surviving and have been to a food bank and had to think about what happens and where I can go when I can’t pay rent and bills. The stress is enormous and sits in the background weighing down on you at times and attacks when things are quiet.

Look for the little bits of positive and awesome in your life and day.

I am working part-time and doing free-lance work but its tough as I look for a full time job. I network and do all the things I can but some things are out of my control. I focus on staying positive, taking advantage of time I do have free, try to get better at being a dad and moving ahead. One step ahead is one more in the right direction.

Runningdad

Keep lacing up and I will see you out there my running and mental health warrior friends!