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Calkins runs for it

I don’t like to mix my politics with running.

My neurotic ramblings tend to get me into trouble when I delve into the thorny issues. I stick to the running basics – racing, training and eating. READ

Let yourself feel your feelings

I’ve always believed that happiness equated to success. If you are happy, you are successful. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s. Joyfulness, without a shadow of a doubt, means that you are rocking this thing called life. The theory fits pretty snugly into everyday life. When we are feeling cheerful, we sit on top of the world. Nothing shakes us. We are firm in our resolve that if we can keep up this feeling of euphoria then all will remain right in the universe. READ

Transcending hopelessness

In my workshops, I often utilize an exercise called, “What do you want? What do you really, truly want?” The idea of the exercise is to open participants up to expressing on paper and verbally their greatest desires. It can take tremendous courage to express openly what we truly want, especially when what we want may seem unattainable, or we may feel undeserving. READ

Locals run Boston

There’s no other race like it. Marathoner Willa Wanke is still coming down from her runner’s high after her first Boston Marathon on Monday. READ

The Motivation Molecule

We all know what it’s like to feel that emotional high that comes with a sense of achievement. Or I bet everyone can remember those moments of youthful bliss when you were lost in infatuation; you might even smile and feel a trickle of that same feeling as you watch your teenager text and talk late into the night. READ

What did you Expect?

“Disappointment, discouragement, and despair are nothing but the bitter fruit of an unfulfilled expectation allowed to live beyond its time.” – Guy Finley, American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher READ

Encounter with a phone scam artist

Dear Scam Artist, I was on the floor sobbing when I passed the phone to my husband. You had just informed me that I was being charged with tax evasion from an incident that occurred in 2012. In retrospect I can see that it was in that exact moment that you fully committed to taking advantage of my dramatic nature. READ

A fit you is a better you

Red Deer cop John Babbitt is not sure running has improved his ability to catch the bad guys. READ

Allowing yourself to make mistakes

“How?” he asked. “How could I have worked so hard yet have failed so utterly?” I was speaking with a client about building self-esteem. I knew he had worked hard over the years to overcome a number of personal issues and to resurrect his badly damaged self-esteem. As of late, he had fallen into a deep depression and had grown increasingly despondent. “What is it that you fear?” I asked, “more than anything else in the world?” READ

Yoga can change your life

I am stretching my body down from my lower spine towards the floor. My stomach is on my thighs and my chest is on my knees. I am willing my face to touch my legs below my knees. It’s not going well. READ

Running in virtual reality

Sometimes I pretend I am seconds away from breaking the tape when I am out on a run. I can hear the crowds cheering and chanting my name while I breeze across the invisible finish line. READ

Stuff That Nonrunners Say

Some of my best friends do not know the difference between a 5K and a marathon. (It’s 37.2K.) READ

Gearing up for a world record

Wearing steel-toed boots, fire-retardant gear and helmet, Noel D’arcy is gunning to smash a world record for the fastest marathon in a firefighting uniform at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in May. READ

Navigating medical expertise

Red Deer College instructor Trish Campbell had somewhat of an ulterior motive for writing her PhD dissertation on how runners use mediated medical expertise in their self-care practices. The long-time runner and yoga instructor had battled injuries and wanted to delve deeper into the hows and the whys of self-care. READ

In it for the long run

Doug MacIsaac likes to describe himself as “a jack of all trades, master of none.” READ

Lovers who run together, stay together

Dating another runner has never crossed my mind. READ

Mind over Matter

Sitting across the table from Kristina Meyer, I am immediately struck by her passion and humility. READ

Runners, stay safe

It was nearly two weeks ago when Linda Ethier died after being struck by pickup truck while running home after a group run in Lacombe. I didn’t know Linda but I was rattled by her death. Then I got pissed. READ

Streaking to stay young

No matter what the weather, Paul Cowley keeps on running. Bone-chilling temperatures. Knee-deep snow. Ice-laden trails. My co-worker has weathered whatever conditions Mother Nature threw his way. READ

Running on plants

Mark Johnson has never felt better. I met the 36-year-old ultrarunner about a year ago at a trail race in Canmore. I was skimming the race results when I noticed Mark admiring the performance-enhancing kokopelli tattoo on my right calf. We got to talking and I learned he had just moved to Red Deer from Edmonton for a job. READ

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