Confessions of a Half Marathoner

As an avid runner and half marathoner x 14 there is a common question that you get asked. “So when are you going to do a full marathon?” My usual answer is never!!! and I mean it.  Really I do.  I don’t like running longer than 25k.  I can feel the fun being sucked out…

Why I Run 4 Youth Mental Health?

I am so pleased to announce that I have been selected to be a 2016 RBC Race for the Kids Toronto Ambassador. On  Saturday , September 17, 2016 I will be running 15 kilometers to raise awareness and funds for Youth Mental Health Services at Sunnybrook. Based on previous posts it is obvious that I…

Are You in Tune With Your Partner in Stride?

Driving home from work today I did my usual phone call to Petja.  We talked about my crazy day and the ridiculous shenanigans that happen in a grade 8 class.  As I pulled in the driveway after my 6 min drive I could tell that he had a crappy day.  The sun was shining, the…

Feeling Thankful for My Partner In Stride

The last few weeks have been a blur, and often during these times spouses become team members. An additional person of responsibility to share the work of keeping the house running.  So this weekend, amongst the swim meets, grocery shopping and house cleaning, we made a date. The best kind of date, a #RunDate.   …

It’s In Their Blood

They never had a chance!  Spectating and racing has been a big part of our kids lives even before we (their Mom and Dad) took it up.  Their Grandfather (Keijo Taivassalo) is “The Champ”.  You name the distance and he has had the Ontario or Canadian Masters Record for it at some point in the…

It’s All In The Cloud

“It’s All In The Cloud” ~ Don’t get too excited, this has nothing to do with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s comedy about storing a “sensitive” video in the cloud.  This post is about the things that we will need to do this week to keep our feet on the ground when it feels like…

My Beginning ~ Andrea

I grew up in a non-running family. I was a highly competitive dancer and into theater and all of the arts, but running found me anyway. Like so many women I had spent a large chunk of my late twenties and early thirties, trying to get pregnant, being pregnant or nursing babies. Five years ago…

Who We Are

I am Andrea and my husband is Petja. We are regular people, working full time with two kids who are very busy. What is different about us, is that we both like to run… a lot, and race… a lot. And that requires finding time to train and schedule in races between swim meets, skiing,…