Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Holidays to Alivia and family!

Alivia has got to be one of the cutest "Santa's helpers"!
Big brother, Camden, is pretty cute too!

Happy Holidays to Elaine, Damian, Camden and Alivia!

Bike Doctor donates to CF Raffle

Bike Doctor has donated a bike tune up ($50 value) to the CF Raffle!

Located at 623 Main Street East, the Bike Doctor is a traditional bike shop who has been voted Saskatoon’s best since 2005 by Planet S readers. Why? Because they have nine tons of used parts that you can pick through, and 900 new bikes in stock. They service your bike like it’s their own. Bike Doctor staff commute, race, freeride, dirtjump and unicycle. They have experience and love to share.

Contact the Bike Doctor at (306) 664-8555 or

Week 4

This week ended in an 8 km run - from the boathouse to the weir and back. All went well until Ollie managed to escape my hold and ran across Spadina after another dog! He missed getting hit by a truck by about 5 feet so needless to say my heart was beating fast and it wasn't from the jogging! The loop from the leash now stays permanently around my wrist while we are out! I managed the 8 km without too many aches and pains but am wondering how in two months I am going to be able to do a half marathon at the Brainfreeze on March 7th organized by Brainsport, let alone the Saskatchewan Marathon on May 30th!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hot Yoga on 20th supports CF raffle

Hot Yoga on 20th has kindly provided two passes for a week of unlimited yoga classes in Saskatoon’s first dedicated hot yoga studio!

Located at the corner of 20th and Idylwyld, Hot Yoga on 20th is a purpose-built facility that offers a quiet, clean and professional place to practice yoga. Their classes are primarily hatha yoga in a room heated to about 38 degrees Celsius. Classes are suitable for all levels. You can pay per class, or buy one of their packages. Wednesday’s 10 am Karma Class is $5 for everyone, with the proceeds going to charity.

During the month of April, Hot Yoga on 20th will be donating the Wednesday Karma Class proceeds to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Saskatoon chapter) and each person attending the class will have their name entered in the CF raffle!

Week 3

On Sunday I went out for the 6.5 km run according to my 'schedule' but I likely ended up doing just over 5 km. It dawned on me that the distances I have been going so far have been less than what I thought so I was somewhat disappointed to know I haven't been doing as well as I'd hoped by Week 3. To my credit, I did push the kids in the chariot over to a puppet show by Wide Open at the Refinery and back for about 5 km and later in the evening we all went over to a potluck by the University for anther 8 km. Needless to say I was a bit tired on Monday!

The jogging suit that I have been using was kindly donated to me for this training effort by the local CCFF chapter - thanks so much, Bob and Joan!

My training buddy is Ollie - a very enthusiastic, energetic Porti.


My little niece - just three months old now - is the precious reason I am running this marathon as a means to raise awareness of CF and also to help fundraise for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Alivia's mom, Elaine, is going to participate in the CCFF Great Strikes Walk - which is also on the same day as the Saskatchewan Marathon.

Here's a picture of Alivia snoozing with her big brother, Camden.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bike Universe donates to CF Raffle

Bike Universe has donated a bike tune up to the CF Raffle!

Bike Universe was established in 1999 and is currently located on Broadway at 730A. They are authorized dealers of Brodie, KHS, GT, and Felt bikes. They are also Saskatoon's only dealer of high performance figure skates. John Mainhart and Neil Dear have a combined 41 years of experience fixing bikes, fitting skates, tuning skis and snowboards, and offering great service.

If you are the lucky winner of this raffle prize, you will just need to bring your bike and the certificate to Bike Universe for a complimentary tune up ($40 value).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday Morning Organic Salon & Spa supports the CCFF!

Sunday Morning Organic Salon & Spa has very generously donated a $100 gift certificate for the fundraising raffle!

Sunday Morning is a new, locally owned and operated Salon & Spa that has been serving the community of Saskatoon and beyond since May 2008. Sunday Morning Salon & Spa offers organic hair and spa services as well as retail products with an emphasis on health and eco-friendlier options.

They are located at 113-120 Sonnenschein right next to the Farmer's Market at Riverlanding. For more information on their products and services feel free to phone (306) 683-9766 or email:

Week 2

Week two has come and gone and seen me on track with 'the schedule' - give or take! The schedule called for a 5 km run on Sunday but instead on Saturday I walk/shuffled/jogged home from the University pushing Finnegan in the chariot in -40oC weather (after having pushed him there). I didn't quite run the whole way home but probably sweated more from all the pushing!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fundraising Raffle for CF

The local CCFF Chapter has donated the first item to be included in a fundraising raffle to also help raise funds in honour of Alivia and to support the CCFF!
All proceeds will go directly to the CCFF.

Item 1: "Ride for the Breath of Life" T-Shirt (viewed from the back)

Check back soon for other prizes that will be included in the raffle!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Week 1 - Ready, Set, Go!

I've starting on my marathon training journey as part of a fundraising effort in honour of my new little niece Alivia (almost three months old now!) and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I got excited about this idea from our friend Chris in Edmonton who recently ran the NYC Marathon (yeah Chris!) thing led to another and I convinced myself that I should train to run the Saskatchewan Marathon on May 30th and as motivation and to give extra purpose to it, I decided to try and help raise funds for the CCFC.

So here I go with week one! Here is my 26 week training schedule which will hopefully get me to the Marathon on May 30th! You can click on the image below to see a larger version.