My name is Adam and this is my running blog.

I started running in the spring of 2016 at the age of thirty five. At the time I was mostly into swimming, but I was going on vacation for a month and knew I wouldn’t have regular access to a pool and so decided running would be the easiest way to stay in shape. A few weeks after returning, I told my friend Nick that I’d been running. He challenged me to run the Victoria Marathon with him that October. I couldn’t resist. I astounded myself by running it in under three hours. You can read all about it in this super long post on my professional website (I’m an English professor at the University of Toronto).

After that I realized I might be a pretty good runner. I trained seriously and ran the LA Marathon in March 2017, where I improved my time by about ten minutes. My body hurt afterwards, so I shifted to some shorter stuff — 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons — before running the ridiculously brutal Boston Marathon in April 2018. It was more my brain than my body that hurt after that one. Anyway, I thought I’d try something new and join the UTTC Masters club for some track workouts. After a summer with them, I set some big PBs in the 5k and half marathon. Amazingly, I also won national age group silver medals at the Canadian 5K road race and cross-country championships in the fall of 2018. Then I tried some indoor track running in the winter of 2019 and really liked the 1500m.

That catches you up to the moment I’m writing this, in March 2019, when I’m starting to plan for the 2019 outdoor track season, during which I’m hoping to test my abilities in the 800, 1500, and 3000, and probably run some 5ks and 10ks.

If you’re curious about the title of my blog, I explain it in this post.