Category Archives: motivation


I know, I haven’t reviewd any parks in Montreal for a while or posted anything to the page for a few months, but I’ve been busy. Dividing my time between my family and training for my 1st half marathon (21K) at the Marathon Oasis de Montreal. I still ran in Montreal’s beautiful parks but didn’t organize any group runs. I hope to continue my project after my 21K milestone. My last vacation turned into what I like to call a ‘runcation’ in the USA. I ran in the Adirondack Mountains (Old Forge) and on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean (Wildwood). Here are a few photos. PS: I strongly recommend both.

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Some friends joined me in my running in Old Forge, Adirondacks, NY

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It was an eerie feel that morning

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Sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean on the boardwalk (Wildwood, NJ)

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The WildHalf runs I might come back…

Running in -34c and meeting Yogi the 80 year old marathoner

This is my first experience running in the true Canadian cold since I started running less than a year ago. I promised myself I’ll run all year long, 365 days, rain or shine (or snow). So here I was this morning watching the weather network with the red warning banner of EXTREME COLD WAVE of -25c (-34c with wind factor), then listening to my worried father in law about how his car didn’t start that morning and you kind of feel like you have to give up, stay home and wait for better running conditions. Then something awoke in me, maybe it was the need to lose the 2 gruelling days of New Years eating and drinking frenzy. Or maybe it was a thought that I remembered of my good friend Marius that mentioned the word ‘călesti‘ which roughly translate to ‘anneal‘ which is to subject yourself to extreme temperatures and therefore to make yourself stronger or more immune to that temperature, the Russians do this in Siberia by jumping in freezing waters. So i put on 2 running pants, 3 shirts and a windbreaker, and 2 gloves. Then I turned on my Runtastic app, and Slacker Radio app and went out. First thing I noticed in -34c cold is the silence of the surroundings. In all my 37 minutes (5.6Km) of running I met only one person with his head all but covered completely running to his car. Next thing i noticed is the colourful snow (yellow and brown) decorated nicely by mans best friend and left there by the ‘man’ who was probably freezing his ass off and didn’t have time to pick it up. I can’t say i was really cold though, except for my face, my breathing got used to the chilling cold air after a few minutes, and my running gear protected every inch of my body from the cold (a good thanks to my sponsor for the running gear: At the end of my run my body wasn’t used to the heat of our building so i coughed a bit and got re-adjusted after 10 minutes. I will say this though: you know how there is shrinkage in water (*wink wink* Seinfeld)? Well it’s worse coming in from this cold… talk about “finding Nemo“, yikes 😉

Yogi Bolduc - an 80 year old Marathoner from MontrealOn another warmer run last week of -15c, I met another fellow runner with a Montreal Rock-N-Roll Marathon shirt on, and I said hi. It turns out he was an 80 years old marathoner by the name of Yogi (like the bear) Bolduc, that runs up to 3 hours, every day, 7 days a week, and ran multple marathons in his 70’s! I talked to him about my running project, and he talked to me about running his marathons and his life in general. Overall an amazing man with tremendous motivation. It left me with one motivating thought : If an 80 year old can run so much imagine what the rest of us can acheive!

Yogi Bolduc – an 80 year old Marathoner from Montreal

Evie’s letter

It’s the first time that i’m posting this kind of e-mail but honestly, it works as a huge motivator not only for me but for others that want to start running, I present you “Evie’s letter”, I’m really grateful of this email and proud of your achievement!

Hi Vlad!

Remember a looong time ago, at your brother’s birthday dinner … we talked about your running project and you downloaded Couch-to-5K on my iphone…I am writing you this long overdue email to thank you for that day and for encouraging me and inspiring me to run.

I was intimidated by the idea of running. I had never been athletic and only quit smoking a year ago in August. I had gained a lot of weight and was unhappy with my size and energy level.

The app made it so easy. The intervals really helped me build up my speed and strength at a pace that I was comfortable with. I wasn’t discouraged because I could keep up. I started to feel a lot better both physically and mentally. The pounds started to shed and my energy level began to rise. (I have lost 20 pounds since mid-July and can now dash up the stairs in the metro stations without being out of breath!)

I suffered one mishap – a minor ankle sprain in September – that led me to finally buy proper running shoes and kept me off running for one month because I could barely walk without pain. I wanted to stay fit until I could run again so I switched to swimming 3 days a week and while I grew to enjoy that sport as well, it could not replace the passion I had developed for running.

I try to run 3 times a week since I restarted in October (ankle-pain free!). While I haven’t reached 5k yet, I’m really close at 4.5k in 30 mins. I have a run tomorrow morning – maybe I will make it to the elusive 5! All of Verdun will know because I will start jumping around like a fool on the bike path and screaming for joy! 😉 

I am so grateful to you for telling your story and inspiring others, like me, who are not such athletic people, to put on some running shoes and give this sport a try. I love so many things about running: the wind in my hair, the joy I feel when I’ve beat a previous personal best, running to the beat of the music in my run mix, making it to the next water fountain, and the feel of my pony-tail swinging from side-to-side as I dash along the path. Best of all, I love the “zone” I can get into when I run – it clears my mind of any stress and frustrations I might be feeling… Finally, you should know that sharing your story with others has had a domino effect. Soon after I started running, Andy downloaded the app and started running as well. We are both also using Runtastic and MyFitnessPal to track our health and fitness goals. The results have been great! I will end this email by simply saying thank you once more for that conversation at the restaurant and that I look forward to your review of my “home turf” for running: Parc Therrien in Verdun. One day, Andy and I hope to take part in one of your group runs!

All the best to you, and your family…and happy running!


Latin Running Mix – Summer 2013 (by D.J. TRC)


After I started running and listening to music to motivate me, I immediately thought of the infamous D.J. TRC (aka Robert, my longtime buddy), to make me a running mix. I wanted the mix to have his flavour his style so I only indicated to him that I need it to be around 30min long, and I need it to be for running. Let me tell you that the results couldn’t have been any better! I would describe it as latin dance, mixed with house beat with a dose of brazillian vocals. It works extremely well in running since you have those drum rhythms that motivate you step by step and pump you and uplift you. Towards the end of the mix I felt like I was running in the amazon jungle being chased by natives with spears ala Indiana Jones.
Enjoy the mix, and again thank you DJ TRC

Listen to it on MixCloud or download the MP3 directly here :
Running Latin House Mix (Summer 2013) – By Dj TRC (75 Mb | 32:54 min)
Let us know what you think, with the comments below.

V-Man Running Vs Birthday Latin House Mix – By Dj TRC – Summer 2013 by D.J. Trc on Mixcloud

Happiness pill

After my new found passion for running, I like to chat to runners whenever possible when i go out to parks. It was a hot day yesterday (30c) and I was biking with my family and we reached a little park next to a bike trail that had a “water mist” place that you could run through to freshen up. While we were resting i saw this runner passing us by 3 times (3 laps) in the span of 45 minutes. Tired and sweaty, she passed through the water mist spray. I could notice both visible strains of exhaustion and of happiness, and after chatting with her a bit, there was this phrase that she told me when I asked her about why she runs: “it’s like taking a happiness pill”, she told me, “i don’t feel tired after my 12km runs, i feel happy!”

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2013 Running Mix

Music motivates us all! I find it a perfect motivator for any type of runner.
Yes it’s nice to observe the nature, and even talk to people while running sometimes, but when you run alone on a repetitive route, music is the key to my motivation!
Here is a nice mix of Dance, House, Techno and current hits form 2013 that I’m sure would please 90% of runners! Enjoy 😉

Here is how to get it on your phone (convert it to MP3) : (be careful of misleading buttons and popups)

Also, if you like listening to music while you run check out my Monster iSport Strive in-rar headphones review