Rest, eat, train. Swim, bike, run!

Coach Brock running Kona Finish line Ellie at Boston Finishline Coach Brock ready for the swim Ellie Bike fit Coach Brock running Swimmers at Sunnyside beach Coach Brock in the peleton Coach Brock at Ironman swim start Kona wrist band Coach Brock at transition 2 Coach Brock's riding buddies Coach Brock at the start line Coach Brock coaching Coach Brock on his bike Coach Brock


Physical fitness is comprised of two concepts: general fitness (a state of health and well-being) and specific fitness (the ability to perform aspects of sports/occupations). Both are achieved through exercise, good nutrition and adequate rest.


Health is the general condition of a person in all aspects. It is also a level of functional and/or metabolic efficiency of an organism, often implicitly human. "The state of being free from illness or injury".


Wellness includes not only wealth and employment, but also an individual's environment, physical health, mental health, education, recreation/leisure time, and social belonging.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Photo of Brock frowning and looking sweaty

The race was 10 days ago. It has nearly taken me that long to get over the disappointment.

Needless to say, the race did not go as I had hoped. I finished in 3:57:52 and I was aiming for 3:15 or better. I finished in the top 25% of the 35,670 runners who completed the race but it is still a far cry from what I set out to do that sunny, warm, exciting day in Chicago.

Montreal Oasis Marathon - Race Report

Photo of Brock sprinting to the finish line

I had a pretty good 10k race in Montreal today. I held back a little more than I could have / should have but I am pleased. I got into a sprinting match with another dude in the last 400m. I have to admit that it was fun. I was right on his heels and he knew it. As soon as we crossed the finish line he turned around and high-fived me. It was kinda cool. Dude, if you are reading this, thanks! I often feel like I am not competitive enough for this sport but that little bit of excitement made me think otherwise.

Night Before the Oasis - Montreal

Photo of me holding a map of Montreal

Tomorrow at 8:45am I am racing another 10k. This time I am in Montreal for the Montreal Oasis Marathon. The Russians (my coaches, Ilia and Lucy) have me running a number of shorter races instead of killing myself with tempo runs. So far it has been a lot more fun than running alone and I am likely seeing more benefit from the extra effort. Time will tell - i'm only 2 weeks from the Chicago Marathon (and my BQ).

Run for the Grapes 21.1 - St. Catharines ON

Photo of Brock crossing the finish line

Official chip time was 1:34:32 but it felt more like forever:lifetime:eternity.

Ok, I am being dramatic. It wasn't THAT bad but it was a tough race. Especially the last 3km. What's with all the damn hills, St. Catharine?

The biggest problem with the race was the fact that I have been sick for a week. Not badly ill, just a cold, but it has annoying been enough to slow me down and make me a little miserable.


Going Goofy

That's right. I am at it again.

But this time I am not running just one marathon - no no - I am running two! Well, one and a half. Jan 8th I will run 21.1km and Jan 9th I will run 42.2km. That's why Disney calls this race the "Goofy".

The reason I am doing this is simple: to help cure cancer.

Kick it, all the way to the finish!

Me and Tania Jones at the finish line at the Ottawa Race Weekend

I’ve been putting off writing this blog post because it’s likely my last one as an iRun Runner Makeover participant.

The program is drawing to an end and with the release of the July issue of the magazine, I will be set back out into the wild, on my own, like the proverbial displaced prairie runner that I am.



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