Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about running and beer.

A post highlighting Canadian marathoners Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

A post about knowing when to go hard and when to take it easy.

A 40 year old dad qualified for the Olympic marathon

Nutrition for Runners: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchilladas


Tonight’s recipe is a vegetarian recipe we found in the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon. This one is not as easy to make as some of the other recipes I have posted here but it is well worth the effort. The best part, in my opinion, is the avacado-cilantro sauce to put on the finished product.

I made the full recipe as per the recipe, including the enchillada sauce. None of it was complicated but it took me time to make because there were a lot of steps to go through. 


Overall the meal was very popular in my house. It is one we will definitely be making again.

Book Review: How Bad Do You Want It

While I was off work recently due to the birth of my youngest daughter I managed to finish a running related book. This book actually applies to all endurance sports but I was interested in how it could apply to marathon training.

I managed to read a good chunk of this book while I was rocking my daughter…

What drew me to this book was its focus on the mental aspect of training for an endurance sport. The mental aspect is an important part of training for and participating in endurance sports but this is the first book I read that focused on the mental aspect.

Each chapter tells a story about a different athlete and how there surmounted challenges they were faced with. I liked this approach because it made for a quick read and because I was not familiar with many of the athletes profiled in the book.

The other aspect I liked about the book is that it made me think about my own training. More than one of the stories made me think about ways I could improve my training and race preparation.

If you are into endurance sports I think this is a book worth reading.

Nutrition for Runners: Beer Can Cabbage Sandwiches

Tonight’s recipe is one I tried recently because I thought it would be fun to try cooking with beer. It was also an excuse to get rid of a can of Molson Canadian that had been sitting in my fridge for a while. If you are interested you can find the full recipe here.

The first step of this meal involves bbq’ing the cabbage for 40-45 minutes…


Once ready it is time to put together the sandwiches. We used pretzel buns for our sandwiches. I would recommend that option if you can find them. Although the photo does not show it I made the coleslaw as per the recipe and it is a great addition to the sandwich.

Adjusting to a Newborn

I have not been running or posting much lately with the arrival of a newborn nearly two weeks ago. There has not been as much time for running as we adjust to the new arrival at home.

Fortunately I have been able to fit in some runs over that time to keep me active. Most of those runs have come late at night after the kids were asleep and before I shut down for the night.

Today I was fortunate enough to be able to get in a run during the day. It was a hot day, 30C (86F), but it was nice to get out during the day again. I also had a partner join me for the run…

10 km done w. My 3 yr old in the Chariot in the heat today #runningdad #running #instarunners #run613 #6run3

A photo posted by Patrick Girard (@pat42.2) on

Eventually I will get back into a more regular running routine once things at home have settled down a bit. I will be pacing the Army Run half-marathon in September once again this year.

For now I am enjoying something more important, spending time at home with my family.

Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…
7 ways to improve speed without adding mileage.

If you haven’t seen it yet the story of Noah Droddy the beer drinking, moustachioed runner who made it to the Olympic trials 10 km.

A post about runner etiquette. 

Saturday Stories

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It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

Great story here about a runner with MS who also has a passion for craft beer. 

An interesting study about how much protein distance runners consume.

A good piece here on why Athletics Canada is wrong in their decision to not allow Lanni Marchant to participate in the Olympic Marathon.

Finally, an article on why runners make great employees.