GUEST BLOG #2 – Why do you run?

Hello again.

Today’s guest blog is my friend Karen.  Last year I coached Karen to run a half-marathon at the Toronto Marathon – coincidentally its almost 1 year ago since Karen raced.  I truly loved watching Karen’s confidence in herself grow after each run.  Most weekly schedules I gave her, she would be nervous about the distance/pace/number of hills, but I had 100% confidence in her, I knew she could do it. She blooming well crushed it!! I couldn’t have been more proud.

Karen is a wildlife photographer based in Toronto.  Her incredible photographs can be found on her website – Read More


It was a good job I had today off of work as I was glued to Instagram.  My IG feed was 90% Boston Marathon.  It was incredible! The weather, oh boy the weather was horrific, I can’t even imagine how difficult running today would have been.  But I was so inspired, motivated, and in awe of every single runner out there today. Read More

GUEST BLOG #1 – Why do you run?


So I’ve decided to mix the blog up, and have guest bloggers once in a while.  I always love hearing about other peoples’ experience with running and why they run… so I thought you might too.  If you would like to feature as a guest blogger, please drop me an email.

So Guest Blog #1 goes to Andrew Spurr.  Andrew is a writer living in Canada, he is cute, smart, funny, and is the Spurr to my MacSpurr… yes he is my husband.  You can find Andrew on all social media as @ASpurrWrites, and he also has a blog Read More


I was standing at the bus stop on my way to work this morning, and I started thinking about my race goal for the Oak Bay half marathon in May.  I’m half way through my training cycle for this race, which has now got me thinking about whether my race goal is realistic. I say it’s got me thinking, but to be truthful, it’s more than just thinking – I’ve been stressing and calculating pace and analysing my previous run paces, asking myself if I found the pace difficult or could I keep it up for 21.1km. I’m honestly surprised I’ve managed to carry on at work this week, as this is all I’ve been thinking about.

I’m interested to know how you set a race goal. Do you have one goal per race or do you have a plan A, plan B, plan C, plan D…..?

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Hi! I’m Gillian/G/Coach G/GMacSpurr, thanks for popping by my blog.  Normally I blog about races or running in general, but today’s blog is slightly different.  I’ve been posting regular blogs now for the past few months, so thought it would be a good idea to do a blog about me – so you know a bit more about who is writing these.  AND I just realised the other day, that I am coming up to my 3 year run-iversary, so figured it was the perfect time for a trip down memory lane! Read More


Regardless of whether you are running for fitness, for fun, or are in the midst of a training cycle, there will be days when you can’t be bothered running.  It happens to us all.  It could be your body’s way of telling you to slow down, or you could just be feeling lazy and needing a push out the door.

Here are some tips that I have found helped me…. Read More


I’m an over-packer. There I said it. I can’t go away for a night without a decent-sized suitcase, I take things ‘just in case’. So my hydration belt is kinda no different. You will see runners who carry nothing with them, not even a bottle of water, running care-free wherever their feet take them. Well not me, what if I’m far from home and need something?!!? Read More


My first race-cation experience was this January at the Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the race (see my previous blog post), but I’m not a fan of race-cations (yet!). Here are my positives and negatives to race-cations (yes I have only done one, but these are my thoughts on that one…..I need to do a few more before I can make a more rounded decision) – I would love to hear if you have anything extra to add to the list.

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